Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) 37, Green Bay Packers (5-7) 3
Sunday November 22nd 1981 (at Tampa Bay)
(TAMPA BAY) - Veteran CB Cedric Brown took advantage of a mistake by rookie Green Bay QB Rich Campbell and turned a tight game into a rout with an 81-yard return of a pass interception for a Tampa Bay touchdown. "We needed a big play," Brown said of his interception on the first play of the second period when the Buccaneers led only 3-0. "Green Bay was driving and as fortune would have it, I picked it off," he said after the Buccaneers coasted to a 37-3 victory over Green Bay. It was the second straight game in which Brown has scored on a pass interception and he almost had a second one. He returned another Campbell interception 50 yards to the Packer 35 but was stopped when he cut to the inside instead of the outside. Last week, he scored Tampa Bay's only touchdown in the loss to Denver with a 40-yard interception return. His only score prior to this year came last season when he went 80 yards after recovering a muffed lateral. His 81-yard touchdown paved the way for a 24-point second period. With the Buccaneers leading 3-0 on a 47-yard field goal by Bill Capece, Brown made his interception and return to boost the score to, 10-0. Before the period ended, James Owens broke around left end for a 35-yard touchdown, Doug Williams passed seven yards to Theo Bell and Capece added a 33-yard field goal. Capece kicked his third field goal, a 51-yarder, longest in Tampa Bay history, in the fourth period and Chuck Fusina threw his first TD pass as a pro with a two-yarder to Jimmie Giles in the fourth period. Green Bay's only score came in the final period when Jan Stenerud kicked a 53-yard field goal, a record distance for the Packers. Green Bay had driven to the Tampa Bay 22 before being set back to the 35 by the Tampa defense. The 37 points by Tampa Bay were the most the Buccaneers have ever scored. Their previous record was 33 against the Bears in 1978. Campbell had replaced starting QB David Whitehurst in the first period when Whitehurst went out with a groin injury. Campbell was frequently harassed by the Tampa Bay defense, and threw four interceptions. Williams completed 12-of-23 for 148 yards with one interception. Campbell, a rookie from California, was 15-of-34 for 168 yards.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  3 -  3
TAMPA BAY -  3 24  0 10 - 37
                       GREEN BAY     TAMPA BAY
First downs                   14            23
Rush-yards-TDs           20-70-0      43-210-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 21-38-223-0-4 13-24-150-2-1
Sacked-yards                2-11          2-12
Net pass yards               212           138
Total yards                  282           348
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           2-2
Turnovers                      4             3
Penalties-yards             4-37          2-15
SCORING
1st - TB - Bill Capece, 47-yard field goal TAMPA BAY 3-0
2nd - TB - Cedric Brown, 81-yd interception return (Capece kick) TAMPA BAY 10-0
2nd - TB - James Owens, 35-yard run (Capece kick) TAMPA BAY 17-0
2nd - TB - Theo Bell, 7-yd pass fr Doug Williams (Capece kick) TAMPA BAY 24-0
2nd - TB - Capece, 33-yard field goal TAMPA BAY 27-0
4th - TB - Capece, 51-yard field goal TAMPA BAY 30-0
4th - GB - Stenerud, 53-yard field goal TAMPA BAY 30-3
4th - TB - Jimmie Giles, 2-yd pass from Chuck Fusina (Capece kick) TAMPA BAY 37-3
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 12-55, Harlan Huckleby 6-15, Jim Jensen 2-0
TAMPA BAY - James Owens 16-112 1 TD, Ricky Bell 7-27, James Wilder 8-25, Jerry Eckwood 6-22, Doug Williams 3-13, Chuck Fusina 1-7, Tony Davis 1-3, Kevin House 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 8-6-55, Rich Campbell 30-15-168 4 INT
TAMPA BAY - Doug Williams 23-12-148 1 TD 1 INT, Chuck Fusina 1-1-2 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Gerry Ellis 11-76, James Lofton 6-102, Paul Coffman 2-35, John Jefferson 2-10
TAMPA BAY - Jimmie Giles 4-53 1 TD, James Owens 4-44, James Wilder 2-22, Kevin House 1-13, Ricky Bell 1-11, Theo Bell 1-7 1 TD