Green Bay Packers (7-2) 9, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) 7
Sunday October 29th 1978 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay Coach Bart Starr said the kick might have been the most important of Chester Marcol's career, and the Packers' Polish-born place kicking star wouldn't argue. "I can't even remember the last lime I won a regular season game with a kick in the last few seconds. I was having a horrible day, and I was hoping I would at least get another chance," said Marcol, who kicked a 48-yard field goal with 41 seconds left to rally the Packers over the Buccaneers. Marcol had made two short kickoffs, had a 38-yard field goal try blocked and had a bad centerr snap cost him a chance to kick an extra point earlier in the defensive struggle. However, his game-winning kick was perfect after a fourth down pass from David Whitehurst to Steve Odom had gained 18 yards to sustain the winning drive. Marcol, a seven-year NFL veteran, tied Fred Cone for fourth place on the Packers' career scoring list with 455 points. The field goal was his longest since he kicked a 52-yarder against Baltimore in 1974. The Packer began their winning drive at their 20 with 2:16 to play after Neil O'Donoghue had missed his second field goal of the game, a 35-yard attempt. Whitehurst sparked the drive by passing to James Lofton for 21 yards and to Aundra Thompson for 12. Then, on fourth-and-10 at the Buccaneer 47 with 1:20 left, Whitehurst picked up the first down by firing a sideline pass to Odom for 18 yards to the 29. Marcol kicked his decisive field goal, aided by a 17 mile-an-hour wind, after a draw play lost a yard and two incomplete passes by Whitehurst.
TAMPA BAY -  0  0  7  0 -  7
GREEN BAY -  6  0  0  3 -  9
                       TAMPA BAY     GREEN BAY
First downs                    7            18
Rush-yards-TDs           34-72-1       45-91-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT   5-17-98-0-1 16-33-173-0-1
Sacked-yards                 0-0          2-15
Net pass yards                98           158
Total yards                  170           249
Fumbles-lost                 2-2           5-3
Turnovers                      3             4
Penalties-yards             3-38          3-20
SCORING
1st - GB - Middleton, 2-yard run (Pass failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
3rd - TB - Ricky Bell, 1-yard run (Neil O'Donoghue kick) TAMPA BAY 7-6
4th - GB - Marcol, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 9-7
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 20-37 1 TD, Barty Smith 10-29, Jim Culbreath 9-23, David Whitehurst 6-2
TAMPA BAY - Ricky Bell 20-30 1 TD, Johnny Davis 9-28, Doug Williams 5-14
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 31-16-173 1 INT, Dennis Sproul 1-0-0, James Lofton 1-0-0
TAMPA BAY - Doug Williams 17-5-98 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Terdell Middleton 6-45, Aundra Thompson 3-47, James Lofton 3-41, Steve Odom 2-36, Jim Culbreath 1-6, Barty Smith 1-(-2)
TAMPA BAY - Ricky Bell 2-21, Morris Owens 1-53, Jim Obradovich 1-14, Frank Grant 1-10