Green Bay Packers (9-7) 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6) 14 (OT)
Sunday December 24th 2000 (at Green Bay
(GREEN BAY) - By the time Ryan Longwell's 22-yard field goal, his third winning kick of the season, ended the struggle, the Packers' fate had been sealed by the final score from New Orleans. St. Louis, which outlasted the Saints, 26-21, claimed the sixth and final berth in the playoffs that would have gone to Green Bay if the Rams had lost. The Packers needed both the Rams and Lions to lose. The Lions choked, 23-20, in the Silverdome against the Chicago Bears, but the defending champions took care of business at the Superdome. Buccaneers kicker Martin Gramatica could have provided his team victory with 14 seconds to play in the game, but instead he sent a 40-yard field goal wide right. The Packers won the overtime coin toss and took possession at their own 38-yard line following Allen Rossum's 29-yard kickoff return. A first-down catch by fullback William Henderson and two runs by Ahman Green placed the Packers on the Tampa Bay 45-yard line with a third-and-4. But Green, who already had rushed for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns, then was forced to leave the playing field after being kicked in the ankle. Backup De'Mond Parker entered and quickly made a dramatic impact, catching a six-yard pass from Brett Favre to gain a first down. Parker, who Sunday celebrated his 24th birthday, then took 5 consecutive handoffs of 4, 5, 6, -1 and 21 yards to set up Longwell's game- and season-ending attempt. 
TAMPA BAY -  0  0  3 11  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  7  0  7  0  3 - 17
                       TAMPA BAY     GREEN BAY
First downs                   16            21
Rush-yards-TDs           23-67-0      38-135-2
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 21-42-237-1-0 20-42-196-0-2
Sacked-yards                5-32          1-12
Net pass yards               205           184
Total yards                  272           319
Fumbles-lost                 1-0           3-2
Turnovers                      0             4
Penalties-yards             4-54          6-43
SCORING
1st - GB - Green, 3-yard run (Longwell kick) 9:05 GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Green, 2-yard run (Longwell kick) 4:59 GREEN BAY 14-0
3rd - TB - Martin Gramatica, 38-yard field goal 12:57 GREEN BAY 14-3
4th - TB - Keyshawn Johnson, 18-yd pass from Shaun King (King run) 5:58 GREEN BAY 14-11
4th - TB - Gramatica, 43-yard field goal 7:10 TIED 14-14
OT - GB - Longwell, 22-yard field goal 6:31 GREEN BAY 17-14
​RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Ahman Green 27-74 2 TD, De'Mond Parker 5-35, Brett Favre 4-23, Donald Driver 1-4, Bill Schroeder 1-(-1)
TAMPA BAY - Warrick Dunn 15-40, Shaun King 6-20, Mike Alstott 2-7
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Brett Favre 42-20-196 2 INT
TAMPA BAY - Shaun King 42-21-237 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Ahman Green 9-78, Bill Schroeder 3-51, Donald Driver 2-23, De'Mond Parker 2-15, William Henderson 2-12, Bubba Franks 1-11, Ryan Wetnight 1-6
TAMPA BAY - Keyshawn Johnson 6-69 1 TD, Warrick Dunn 5-44, Jacquez Green 4-50, Reidel Anthony 3-48, Dave Moore 3-26
Ahman Green gets tackled from behind by Chidi Ahanotu in the season finale