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Tampa Bay 17 at Birmingham 16

1984 Week 18 - Sunday, June 24, 1984
Attendance: 24,500, TV: ABC

BIRMINGHAM (AP) - "We know the Stallions can play better," Bandit Coach Steve Spurrier said following a 17-16 victory in Birmingham,AL., site of next Sunday's Eastern Conference playoff. "They will be tougher next week, so we will have to work hard to better ourselves.

Walton Carter saved the victory for Tampa Bay, 14-4, by blocking a conversion attempt after Birmingham's Bobby Lane hit Robin Earl on a 39-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth period. Jimmy Jordan replaced John Reaves at quarterback and threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Willie Gillespie to give Tampa Bay a 14-10 lead before Zenon Arusyshyn kicked a 29-yard field goal.

Joe Cribbs, who finished the season with 1,976 yards rushing and receiving, scored the first touchdown on a 14-yard run for Birmingham, 14-4, which won the Southern Division crown because of a better record in Eastern Conference play.

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