(TAMPA BAY) - Green Bay's Jan Stenerud kicked his way into the record book Monday night, and in the process kept the Packers' playoff hopes alive. "Believe it or not, gentlemen, I was nervous," said Stenerud, whose 338th career field goal and fourth of the game gave Green Bay a 12-9 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game-winner came 5:07 into the extra session after the 17-year veteran, who passed George Blanda's NFL field goal mark of 335 with a 32-yarder late in the third quarter, forced the overtime with a 23-yard boot with 28 seconds left in regulation. The victory boosted the Packers' record to 8-7 and moved Coach Bart Starr's team into a first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC Central Division. Green Bay took the kickoff to start the overtime and drove from its own 29 to the Tampa six on a drive that included Harlan Huckleby's 20- yard run that set up the winning field goal which was kicked on second down. Stenerud's tying kick came at the end of a 13- play, 75-yard drive that QB Lynn Dickey launched after Tampa Bay's Bill Capece missed a 35-yard field goal attempt. The key plays on Green Bay's tying drive were a 24-yard pass from Dickey to James Lofton and a 7-yarder to Huckleby, along with the roughing the passer penalty on Tampa Bay DE end John Cannon that gave the Packers a first down at the Buccaneer eight. Tampa Bay had taken a 9-6 lead on Jack Thompson's 4-yard scoring flip to Adger Armstrong with 7:33 remaining, but Capece missed the extra point. After the game, Tampa head coach John McKay remarked that "Capece is Kaput" and sure enough, he never played again for the Buccaneers. The go-ahead touchdown came at the end of a 10-play, 65-yard drive that Thompson, who has thrown eight TD passes in his last three games, fueled with completions of 20 and 19 yards to Theo Bell. Stenerud kicked a 35-yard field goal 2:55 into the game to give Green Bay a 3-0 lead. His 32-yarder with 42 seconds left in the third quarter gave the Packers a 6-3 lead. Capece kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter. Dickey completed 24 of 36 passes for 278 yards and became the fifth man in NFL history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark in a season. Dickey went over the plateau with a 22-yard completion to tight end Gary Lewis late in the second quarter, but had an apparent 36-yard scoring strike to Phillip Epps wiped out by a holding call against OT Karl Swanke three plays later. The New York Jets' Joe Namath was the first man to pass for better than 4,000 yards throwing for 4,007 in 1967. San Diego's Dan Fouts, who set an NFL record, of 4,802 yards in 1981, has done it twice, while Cleveland's Brian Sipe passed for 4,132 in 1980, the year Fouts accomplished the feat for the first time with 4,715. Most people remember this game for it being Howard Cosell's last game on Monday Night Football.
GREEN BAY -  3  0  3  3  3 - 12
TAMPA BAY -  0  3  0  6  0 -  9
                       GREEN BAY     TAMPA BAY
First downs                   21            12
Rush-yards-TDs           33-95-0       28-93-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 24-36-278-0-3 12-23-171-1-3
Sacked-yards                2-10          3-25
Net pass yards               268           146
Total yards                  363           239
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           2-0
Turnovers                      4             3
Penalties-yards             5-45          8-71
1st - GB - Stenerud, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - TB - Bill Capece, 22-yard field goal TIED 3-3
3rd - GB - Stenerud, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
4th - TB - Adger Armstrong, 4-pass from Jack Thompson (Kick failed) TAMPA BAY 9-6
4th - GB - Stenerud, 23-yard field goal TIED 9-9
OT - GB - Stenerud, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 12-9
GREEN BAY - Jessie Clark 12-35, Gerry Ellis 9-29, Harlan Huckleby 8-29, Lynn Dickey 3-1, Mike Meade 1-1
TAMPA BAY - Mel Carver 22-83, Jack Thompson 3-8, Adger Armstrong 2-6, Kevin House 1-(-4)
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 36-24-278 3 INT
TAMPA BAY - Jack Thompson 23-12-171 1 TD 3 INT
GREEN BAY - Paul Coffman 4-53, Gerry Ellis 4-27, Mike Meade 3-35, Gary Lewis 3-33, Harlan Huckleby 3-24, Phil Epps 2-33, Jessie Clark 2-26, John Jefferson 2-23, James Lofton 1-24
TAMPA BAY - Adger Armstrong 5-67 1 TD, Mel Carver 3-45, Theo Bell 2-39, Kevin House 2-20
Green Bay Packers (8-7) 12, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-13) 9 (OT)
Monday December 12th 1983 (at Tampa Bay)