Chris Chandler directed two fourth-quarter scoring drives and Rodney Rice scored on a 36-yard interception return last night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New York Jets, 23-14, in Tampa in the preseason finale for both teams.
Chandler, traded from the Indianapolis Colts this month, threw a fourth-down three-yard touchdown pass to Willie Drewrey, closing Tampa Bay (3-1) to 14-13 with 5:29 remaining.
A 31-yard completion to Frank Pillow on fourth down was the key to a march that produced Steve Christie's 33-yard field goal for a 16-14 lead with 1:44 left.
Rice scored 41 seconds later, stepping in front of Troy Taylor's pass and sprinting down the sideline.
New York (2-2) took a 7-0 lead when top pick Blair Thomas ran in from the 3 on his first NFL carry.
Bears 35, Bills 7: In Columbia, S.C., Brad Muster and Neal Anderson scored on short first-quarter runs and rookie Johnny Bailey had touchdown runs of 34 and two yards as Chicago (4-1) walloped Buffalo (0-4). The first NFL game in South Carolina drew 51,238 at 72,400-seat Williams-Brice Stadium, the largest crowd of eight exhibitions held in the state.
In their first three series, the Bills had two fumbles, one interception and 11 yards of offense. Two of the turnovers, both deep in their territory, came in their first four plays and led to short Bears scoring drives,
Promoters hoped a good crowd would bolster the effort to get an expansion franchise for the Carolinas.