Led by their star-in-the-making quarterback Brett Favre and rock-solid wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, the Packers on this date in 1993 came back to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10 when Favre hit Sharpe for a two-yard touchdown, following an 11-play drive in which Favre completed three first down passes.
The pass to Sharpe also came after Favre had been hit hard by the Buccaneers’ safety, leading Favre’s teammate and wide receiver Mark Clayton (remember him?) to describe the QB’s toughness.
On that 23-degree and sunny day at Lambeau Field, the Packers and Buccaneers were locked in a defensive battle, with the Packers leading 6-3 through three quarters on the strength of Chris Jacke’s two field goals.
However, in the fourth quarter, Bucs’ QB Craig Erickson hit Courtney Hawkins for a touchdown that gave the Bucs a 10-6 lead. But that was before Favre led the Packers on the final drive when he completed 8-11 passes for 79 yards (half of his total yardage on the day – 152).
The win also put the Packers in a tie for first place in the then-NFC Central Division.
The day is included in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame’s daily “This Date in Packers History.”
The full post by the Hall is located below.
Tougher Than a Concrete Wall, Packers Defeat Buccaneers for Share of First
Nov. 28, 1993 – Offensively without a pulse for three-and-a-half quarters, the Packers come to life on a 15-play, 75-yard drive to edge the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10 at Lambeau Field and claim a share of first place in the NFC Central Division along with the Detroit Lions. Brett Favre finds Sterling Sharpe with a 2-yard TD pass with one minute, 16 seconds remaining. Favre’s throw comes one snap after he absorbs a vicious shot from safety Barney Bussey. “He’s tough as nails; tougher than a concrete wall,” Packers receiver Mark Clayton says of his quarterback. “He’s so damn tough I can’t even think of adjectives to describe him.” Nearly half (79) of Favre’s 159 passing yards come on that scoring drive as he completes eight of 11 passes including three on third down.