Bucs - Eagles Game Notes

January 12 - Buccaneer Magazine's Game Notes from the Bucs vs. Eagles wild card playoff game in Philadelphia. The Bucs' season is over after the Eagles trounced the team 31-9.


TAMPA BAY INACTIVES: WR Milton Wynn, RB Rabih Abdullah, OT DeMarcus Curry, G Russ Hochstein, G Shane Grice, K Doug Brien and DT James Cannida. Joe Hamilton was the Bucs' No. 3 QB.

SECRETIVE GLAZERS: The Glazers did not accompany the Buccaneers on the team plane for the trip to Philadelphia. They were in Philly for the game, but this is the first time that the Glazers did not travel with the team. Perhaps they did not want to feel the wrath of Bucs coaches and players about not commenting on the future of head coach Tony Dungy. The Glazers refused comment on Dungy's future when asked by the ABC sideline reporters during the pre-game warm-ups.

RECORDS DON'T FALL: The Bucs didn't have a chance to break their cold weather streak in Philadelphia as the kickoff temperature was 46 degrees. The 0-20 below 40 degrees streak stays intact. The Bucs also remain winless on the road in the playoffs. Tampa Bay is now 0-6 in club history on the road in the post-season.

PRO BOWL STARTERS: At halftime of the Bucs vs. Eagles game, cornerback Ronde Barber, fullback Mike Alstott, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and linebacker Derrick Brooks were named Pro Bowl starters for the NFC. Barber and Sapp were also named to the Associated Press All-Pro team this year.

GRAMATICA INJURED: Tampa Bay kicker Martin Gramatica had just recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him inactive for the Bucs' last two games of the season, but the third-year kicker, who scored all nine of his team's points on three field goal attempts, was injured again during the game. Gramatica who was warming up on the sidelines by kicking into the kicking net, was apparently run over by the ABC sideline camera cart and hurt his leg. But with fellow kicker Doug Brien inactive, Gramatica had to shrug off the injury to handle the Bucs' last field goal and the ensuing kickoff.

NO TDs IN THE PLAYOFFS: Once again, Tampa Bay kicked too many field goals and couldn't put any touchdowns on the board in the playoffs. The Bucs haven't scored a touchdown since their 14-13 win over the Washington Redskins in the NFC divisional playoff game in 1999. Against the St. Louis Rams in the 1999 NFC championship game, the Bucs were held to two field goals and lost 11-6. Last year at Philadelphia, the Bucs lost a wild card game 21-3. This year the score against the Eagles was 31-9. Tampa Bay set an NFL record for 12 consecutive quarters in the post-season without a touchdown. The Bucs have been outscored by the Eagles 52-12 in Philadelphia in the last two playoff games. Over the past two years, the Buccaneers are 0-12 when they fall behind by six or more points.

DONOVAN DOES IT AGAIN: The Philadelphia Eagles' Pro Bowl quarterback, Donovan McNabb, was at it again against the Buccaneers. Like last year, McNabb's effective passing and scrambling ability befuddled the Bucs defense. McNabb completed 16 of 25 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns - one a 16-yard pass to tight end Chad Lewis, the other a 23-yard screen pass to running back Duce Staley. McNabb also ran for 57 yards against the Bucs, including a 39-yard scramble.

2002 SCHEDULE: A reminder that the 2002 schedule has been set (except for dates and times). The Bucs will have home games against Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Green Bay, Minnesota, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The Bucs will travel to Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati.

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