Packers DE Ron Spears looks on as an unidentified teammate sacks Tampa Bay QB Jack Thompson in Green Bay's 55-14 rout of the Buccaneers
(GREEN BAY) - Green Bay's Phillip Epps returned a punt 90 yards, Jessie Clark had a 75-yard pass reception and Mike Douglass returned a fumble 35 yards, all scoring plays in a league record 49-point first half, as the Packers coasted to a 55-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The first-half explosion bettered the previous mark of 45 that the Packers scored against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 12, 1967. The team mark for most points in a game came in a 57-21 victory over the Detroit Lions on Oct. 7,1945. Jan Stenerud also benefitted from the scoring, kicking seven extra points and two field goals to move into second place past Jim Turner on the all-time NFL scoring list with 1,446. Lynn Dickey completed 10 of 14 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns in the first two quarters. He threw one more incomplete pass before giving way to David Whitehurst early in the third quarter. James Lofton, with four receptions for 112 yards, became the fifth receiver in Green Bay's 63-year history to catch 300 passes in a career. The Bucs were playing without three starters in their defensive secondary, both offensive guards and James Wilder, and did finally score an offensive touchdown late in the game. The Packers defense was ranked last (28th) in the National Football League at this point. After the game, Tampa Bay head coach John McKay tore into his team in a 15-second rant after the game. "I was totally disgusted by the football exhibition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers," McKay said. "We could do nothing right against one of the great NFL defenses." When Milwaukee Sentinel reporter Bud Lea, then 54, tried to ask McKay a question, the Tampa Bay coach shouted: "Get the hell away from me before I punch you in the mouth." 
TAMPA BAY -  0  7  0  7 - 14
GREEN BAY - 14 35  0  6 - 55
                       TAMPA BAY     GREEN BAY
First downs                   18            23
Rush-yards-TDs           14-20-1      42-164-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 24-47-306-0-2 18-28-363-3-1
Sacked-yards                4-33           1-8
Net pass yards               273           355
Total yards                  293           519
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           1-0
Turnovers                      3             1
Penalties-yards             6-60          3-22
SCORING
1st - GB - Epps, 90-yard punt return (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Clark, 75-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Huckleby, 1-yard run (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - TB - Hugh Green, 21-yard interception return (Bill Capece kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
2nd - GB - Coffman, 1-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
2nd - GB - Douglas, 35-yard fumble return (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
2nd - GB - Anderson, 27-yard interception return (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 42-7
2nd - GB - Lofton, 57-yard pass from Dickey (Stenerud kick) GREEN BAY 49-7
4th - GB - Stenerud, 19-yard field goal GREEN BAY 52-7
4th - GB - Stenerud, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 55-7
4th - TB - James Owens, 2-yard run (Capece kick) GREEN BAY 55-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Jessie Clark 11-56, Eddie Lee Ivery 9-40, Harlan Huckleby 9-29 1 TD, Gerry Ellis 9-26, Mike Meade 2-12, James Lofton 1-5, David Whitehurst 1-(-4)
TAMPA BAY - James Owens 6-10 1 TD, Michael Morton 5-5, Jack Thompson 1-4, Mel Carver 2-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Lynn Dickey 15-10-267 3 TD 1 INT, David Whitehurst 12-7-76, Gerry Ellis 1-1-20
TAMPA BAY - Jerry Golsteyn 19-8-89, Jack Thompson 28-16-217 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - James Lofton 4-112 1 TD, John Jefferson 4-73, Gary Lewis 3-56, Paul Coffman 3-25 1 TD, Jessie Clark 1-75 1 TD, Harlan Huckleby 1-11, Eddie Lee Ivery 1-10, Gerry Ellis 1-1
TAMPA BAY - Mel Carver 6-40, Theo Bell 5-77, Jerry Bell 5-73, Gerald Carter 2-36, Andre Tyler 2-30, Jimmie Giles 2-27. Kevin House 2-23
Green Bay Packers (3-2) 55, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5) 14
Sunday October 5th 1983 (at Green Bay)