FB Mike Alstott recorded his sixth career 100-yard rushing game on Sunday against the Saints
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 48-10 win over New Orleans on Sunday gave the Bucs the inside track on the NFC's sixth playoff spot. It also included some of the most remarkable individual performances in team history. Following are a collection of postgame notes regarding the impact Sunday's game made on the Bucs' record book.
Bucs Tie All-Time Mark
Tampa Bay tied a team record with 48 points scored, equaling its total in a 48-10 victory in the 1987 season opener on September 13 against Atlanta. Four of the top seven point totals in club history have occurred in the last two seasons.
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|41||vs. N.Y. Jets||12/16/84|
Big Play Barber
CB Ronde Barber vaulted his way into the record books with a Bucs single-game record three interceptions and also engraved his name in the team's single-season charts. Barber now boasts a team-leading and career-best nine interceptions, which also ranks tied for the best single-season total in club history (Cedric Brown, nine in 1981). In fact, Barber's nine INTs have shattered his total of six career picks in his first four NFL seasons entering 2001. He did not waste any time adding to his career season when he intercepted Saints QB Aaron Brooks on New Orleans' first possession, and then added his second of the game on the final play of the first half. Barber's record-breaking interception came late in the fourth quarter, and he punctuated the play by scoring his fourth career touchdown on the 36-yard return.
Second-year pro Aaron Stecker got the Bucs off to a great start on the opening kickoff with an 86-yard return to the New Orleans 14-yard line, the longest kickoff return in team history. The return surpassed the previous record of a 77-yard return by Vernon Turner against Minnesota (10/30/94). The Bucs scored two plays later on a TD pass from QB Brad Johnson to WR Karl Williams. The score marked Tampa Bay's first touchdown on its opening drive this season and its second touchdown in the first quarter this season. The Bucs' other first quarter score came courtesy of a three-yard run by FB Mike Alstott against Minnesota (10/28/01).
More on the Quick Start
Tampa Bay scored 17 points in the opening quarter today after scoring 16 total points in the first quarter of its first 13 contests. The 17 points was just shy of the club record for points in a first quarter (20 against Chicago - 10/25/87). The Bucs put points on the board on each of their first three possessions in the opening period, and the Bucs defense held the Saints without a first down on their first three series. In addition, Tampa Bay's 30 first points rank third-best in Bucs history, nearly tying the club mark of 31 first half points (vs. Minnesota - 10/29/00 and vs. Chicago - 12/22/96). The 31-0 halftime edge marked the biggest lead at the half in club history.
Down and Out
The Bucs defense forced a three-and-out on each of New Orleans' first four possessions and held the Saints to 10 net yards over that span. The Saints did not record a first down until less than seven minutes remained in the second quarter. For the game, New Orleans gained 271 total yards, including just 41 rushing, after entering the game ranked sixth in the NFL in total offense (355.1 ypg) and ninth in rushing offense (117.8 ypg).
A-Train Keeps Rolling
FB Mike Alstott continued his assault on the record book by extending his team-record totals for total TDs and rushing TDs with his first quarter score. The touchdown was the 39th rushing score of his career and also gives him 49 total touchdowns (39 rushing, 10 receiving), both tops in club history. On the day, Alstott rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries for his sixth career 100-yard game, including his second this season (129 vs. Minnesota - 10/28). He leads the 2001 squad with 10 TDs (nine rushing, one receiving), with the nine rushing TDs surpassing his career-high of eight in 1998. The 10 total scores equals his career-high of 10 TDs (seven rushing, three receiving) in 1997 and also rank tied for the third-best single-season mark in team history. His 10 rushing TDs also are tied for third in a single season in the Bucs record book. Tampa Bay is 32-7 when Alstott scores a touchdown.
Moore or Less
TE Dave Moore has quietly found the end zone this season and the ninth-year pro snared his team-best fourth TD reception of the year in the fourth quarter. Moore caught Brad Johnson's toss in the corner of the end zone for his 24th career receiving touchdown, moving into sole possession of fourth place on the team's all-time receiving TDs chart. Moore eclipsed his career-high (29 catches in 2000) with his first catch of the day and now has totaled 32 receptions in 2001.
QB Brad Johnson set the club mark for pass completions in a season on his scoring strike to Williams, overtaking Steve DeBerg's previous record of 308 completions in 1984. Johnson now has completed 324 passes in 2001. In addition, Johnson set the single-season mark for pass attempts with 31 today (526 in 2001), surpassing Doug Williams' record of 521 in 1980.
Home Sweet Home
The Bucs are 12-1 under Dungy at home in December, including 9-0 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay has posted a 23-7 regular season mark at RJS and the Bucs' 17-5 home mark since 1999 ranks among the top five in the NFL.
Bucs sixth-year pro Karl Williams made an impact on Tampa Bay's first pass attempt of the game, hauling in a 14-yard pass from QB Brad Johnson for his first touchdown reception of the year. In the last three games, Williams has reeled in seven passes for 89 yards.
RB Warrick Dunn's TD reception in the second quarter was his 26th career touchdown, moving him into sole possession of sixth place on the team's all-time list… With his five catches, Dunn established a career-high for catches (66 receptions in 2001), surpassing his previous best of 64 catches in 1999… DE Simeon Rice posted two sacks on the afternoon and now owns a team-high 10 sacks on the year… Rice has nine sacks in the last seven games… G Randall McDaniel made his 200th consecutive start today… The Bucs are 33-16 in the months of November and December since 1996… K Martin Gramatica set a Bucs single-game record for points scored via kicking with 16 points… The previous record was 14 points, set four other times (most recently by Steve Christie vs. Minnesota - 12/16/90)… Gramatica's four field goals tie the club's single-game mark, which has been accomplished 10 other times in history… He also added to his club-record streak of consecutive PATs made with four on the afternoon and now has converted all 95 of his career PAT attempts… Gramatica suffered a right hamstring strain on his fourth extra point and S John Lynch kicked off twice in his place… With four turnovers, Tampa Bay has now forced at least one turnover in every game this season, including at least one interception in 13 of 14 games (all but Detroit at home)... Overall the Bucs have forced a turnover in 23 straight regular season games dating back to last season… Tampa Bay's three interceptions are the most in a game for the defense since it notched three against Green Bay (10/7/00)… WR Keyshawn Johnson, who had two receptions, has caught at least one pass in all 92 games of his career... With its three sacks, Tampa Bay has now recorded at least one sack in 42 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL... The last time the Bucs failed to notch at least one sack was at Minnesota on October 3, 1999 in a 21-14 loss... The longest streak in the NFL prior to the Bucs' current run was by the Denver Broncos from 1995-98, a span of 50 consecutive games.