Minnesota quarterback Tommy Kramer passed for 131 yards and one touchdown and Rick Danmeier kicked a 33-yard field goal with two minutes left, but it was the defense that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today in the first regular-season game played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
Tampa Bay lost despite an outstanding game from quarterback Doug Williams, who completed seven of his first eight passes and finished 21 of 38 for 290 yards, with a 20-yard scoring pass to Jimmie Giles. Kramer completed 16 of 28 for 131 yards.
The Vikings' defense intercepted Williams three times and recovered a fumble to set up Danmeier's field goal.
Winning, 14-10, Minnesota had to punt with 3:30 remaining, but Tampa Bay;s John Holt fumbled the return and Jim Hough recovered for Minnesota on the Tampa Bay 21.
The Vikings then stopped the Buccaneers' final drive. Tampa Bay had gotten to the Minnesota 30, but cornerback Willie Teal intercepted a pass from Williams on the 12 after linebacker Matt Blair tipped the ball. Minnesota then ran out the clock.
"That was the first time we ran that play," Williams said. "I thought it (the pass) was right in there when I let it go, and if it hadn't been for a 6-foot-5 linebacker, it would have been in there."
"If you had said we'd make 12 major mistakes out there, I wouldn't have mistakes out there, I wouldn't have believed you," Tampa Bay Coach John McKay said. "We were very, very sloppy . . . and Minnesota took advantage."
Tampa Bay's Bill Capece, who had missed from 50 yards out, kicked a 51-yard field goal near the end of the first period.