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THE NFL WEEK 5 | TAMPA BAY 19, ARIZONA 18

Buccaneers Enjoying New Habit--Winning

September 29, 1997|From Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used to find a way to lose. Now they find a way to win.

The Buccaneers matched their best start Sunday, improving to 5-0 with a come-from-behind 19-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals had a chance to win on the final play of the game, but Kevin Butler missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt.

The victory was a franchise-record sixth in a row for Tampa Bay, which is 5-0 for the first time since 1979, when the Buccaneers went 10-6 on their way to an appearance in the NFC championship game.

Trent Dilfer's 31-yard touchdown pass to Karl Williams with 4:48 to play and Eric Hustad's extra point gave Tampa Bay its one-point lead.

The Buccaneers also got an eight-yard touchdown reception from Reidel Anthony and scored when Alshermond Singleton blocked a Jeff Feagles punt and returned it 28 yards.

Since losing eight of their first nine games a year ago, the perennial NFC Central doormats are 10-2 and have won eight in a row at home. They are alone atop the division standings as they prepare to head to Green Bay for a showdown Sunday with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers (3-2).

Arizona (1-3) trailed, 12-0, before scoring 18 consecutive points. Kent Graham threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Rob Moore and Butler kicked a 37-yard field goal before Aeneas Williams tied a team record by scoring his fifth career touchdown on an interception return to put the Cardinals ahead late in the third quarter.

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