Steve DeBerg passed for two touchdowns and James Wilder rushed for two today to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 35-31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
DeBerg, directing the Buccaneers' third victory in four games, completed 16 of 29 passes for 212 yards, with touchdowns of seven yards to Kevin House and six yards to Gerald Carter as Tampa Bay improved to 3-3. DeBerg also set up a one-yard touchdown run in the first period by Adger Armstrong.
Minnesota, dropping to 2-4 despite a 386-yard passing performance by Tommy Kramer, built a 14-0 lead in the first 8:45. The Vikings scored on Ted Brown's one-yard run and Kramer's 13-yard touchdown pass to Brown.
Crucial errors, however, allowed the Bucs to come back.
Too many Vikings on the field gave Tampa Bay another chance at a fourth down and led three plays later to Armstrong's touchdown.
Linebacker Scot Brantley intercepted a pass by Kramer to set up DeBerg's pass to House, which tied it with 12:24 left in the half.
Minnesota drove 68 yards in seven plays to take a 21-14 lead on Kramer's one-yard touchdown to Mike Mularkey, but Tampa Bay tied it on Wilder's 11-yarder, two plays after Dave Logan sacked Kramer to force a fumble.