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Tampa Bay 27 at Philadelphia 22

1983 Week 4 - Sunday, March 27, 1983
Attendance: 18,718, TV: ABC


Highlights from Tampa Bay's narrow win over Philadelphia.


PHILADELPHIA(AP) "We're having a lot of fun playing 'Bandit ball," Tampa Bay quarterback John Reaves said after returning to Philadelphia - the scene of the downward slide of his career as a proand throwing a TD pass that triggered Tampa Bay's 27- 22 triumph over the Stars.

Cornerback Jeff George gave Reaves the ball, recovering Philadelphia quarterback Chuck Fusina's fumble, and Reaves gave the Bandits their opening TD with a 33-yard pass to Eric Truvillion.

Reaves was the No. 1 draft choice of the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles in 1972. But a year later he was a benchwarmer behind Roman Gabriel and two years after that he was traded away.

"It was great to win here," he said. "I was 0-8 as a starter for the Eagles. The adrenaline was really pumping. It was something special. I was really looking forward all week to coming back here."

After Kelvin Bryant ran 35 yards for the tying score, George gave the Bandits the lead for good, intercepting Fusina and racing 22 yards for a TD. Bryant, who finished with 112 yards rushing to increase his league-leading total to 456, also caught a 38-yard pass from reserve QB Jim Krohn in the fourth quarter for the Stars' other touchdown.


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