Sherman, Sapp at odds after Bucs win over Packers

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 25, 2002

If the Green Bay Packers have to come back to Tampa Bay later this season, it sure will be a heated game.

The Buccaneers intercepted four of Brett Favre's passes and beat the Packers 21-7 in a meeting Sunday of the teams with the NFL's best records.

The superb effort was overshadowed by an obscenity-laced exchange between Packers coach Mike Sherman and Tampa Bay defensive lineman Warren Sapp as they walked off the field.

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Sherman was angry about a block Sapp put on Chad Clifton during Brian Kelly's interception return in the third quarter that set up the Bucs' go-ahead touchdown. Sherman thought the hit was questionable and felt Sapp made it worse by standing over Clifton.

''I just don't think there's any place in the game for that,'' Sherman said. ''Maybe I overreacted to the hit. But what I saw looked kind of cheap. But who knows?''

Clifton, who was not near Kelly, was knocked out of the game with a right hip injury. Sapp was unapologetic.

''I didn't clip him from behind or block him below the waist. I didn't hit him in the head. I didn't hit the quarterback. I didn't rough anybody,'' Sapp said. ''I didn't pick him up and slam him. What's the problem here?''

Brad Johnson threw two second-half touchdown passes as the Bucs (9-2) improved on their best start ever and thrust themselves into position to make a run for home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Favre was sacked three times and the Packers (8-3) didn't score after the first quarter.

''We realized what was at stake and realized it was another brick in the road to the Super Bowl that has to come through Tampa,'' Sapp said.

Colts 23, Broncos 20, OT

At Denver, Mike Vanderjagt kicked a 54-yard field goal through a heavy snowfall with 3 seconds left in regulation, then made a 51-yarder in overtime as Indianapolis (7-4) beat Denver (7-4).

The Colts trailed 20-17 when they got the ball at their 20 with 1:40 left in regulation. They moved 44 yards in 11 plays to set up Vanderjagt, who had missed five of his previous nine attempts. His kick sailed through the uprights with plenty of room to spare.

Indianapolis got the ball first in overtime and moved 35 yards for Vanderjagt's winning kick.

Redskins 20, Rams 17

At Landover, Md., Kurt Warner fumbled on the Washington 6 with 17 seconds left, denying St. Louis (5-6) a chance to win or tie.

With a sure field goal in sight, Warner was stripped by LaVar Arrington and Daryl Gardener recovered as the Redskins (5-6) snapped the Rams' five-game winning streak.

Stephen Davis ran for three TDs and 88 yards for Washington.

Warner, starting for the first time since breaking his pinkie on Sept. 29, fell to 0-5 this season.

Dolphins 30, Chargers 3

At Miami, Ricky Williams ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns against the NFL's third-ranked run defense, while the Dolphins limited NFL rushing leader LaDainian Tomlinson to a season-low 45 yards for the Chargers (7-4).

Ray Lucas, who lost his first three starts filling in for an injured Jay Fiedler, threw for 194 yards and won for the second straight week to keep Miami (7-4) atop the AFC East.

Raiders 41, Cardinals 20

At Tempe, Ariz., Rich Gannon threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns and Charlie Garner ran for 100 yards and a score as Oakland beat Arizona.

Gannon topped 300 yards passing for the eighth time this season -- one shy of the NFL record.

The Raiders (7-4), with the NFL's No. 1 offense, amassed 520 yards against the Cardinals (4-7), who lost their fifth straight.

Patriots 24, Vikings 17

At Foxboro, Mass., Tom Brady's three touchdown passes in the first half helped New England (6-5) hand Minnesota its 16th straight road loss.

Daunte Culpepper had one of the three fumbles Minnesota (3-8) lost on its first five series.

Jets 31, Bills 13

At East Rutherford, N.J., Curtis Martin ran for 120 yards and Chad Pennington juked his way to a 1-yard score that clinched New York's fourth straight victory.

The Jets (6-5) moved above .500 for the first time since they beat Buffalo in the season opener. Buffalo (5-6) fell into last place in the AFC East.

Seahawks 39, Chiefs 32

At Seattle, Matt Hasselbeck threw for career highs with 362 yards and three touchdowns for the Seahawks.

Shaun Alexander ran for 145 yards and sealed the victory for Seattle (4-7) with a a 46-yard touchdown run that made it 39-25 with 1:52 remaining.

Priest Holmes ran for 197 yards and two TDs for Kansas City (5-6) and caught seven passes for 110 yards and a score.

Bears 20, Lions 17, OT

At Champaign, Ill., Jim Miller and Chicago took advantage of Detroit's unconventional overtime strategy to snap an eight-game skid.

After the Lions (3-8) decided to take the wind instead of the ball to start overtime, Miller drove Chicago to Paul Edinger's 40-yard field goal.

Miller, playing with a sore right elbow, led the Bears to 10 points in the final 2:33 of regulation and Chicago (3-8) forced overtime on Edinger's 22-yard field goal on the final play.

Falcons 41, Panthers 0

At Charlotte, N.C., Michael Vick threw for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Warrick Dunn scored twice, and Atlanta's defense used eight sacks and six turnovers to hand Carolina its eighth straight loss.

Atlanta (7-3-1) notched its sixth straight victory over the Panthers (3-8). The Falcons outscored Carolina 71-0 this season.

Texans 16, Giants 14

At Houston, the Texans (3-8) used a trick play, a big punt return and two field goals by Kris Brown -- the last one a 50-yarder with 6:57 to play -- to beat New York.

Kerry Collins threw two interceptions in the final 5:57 to end the chance of a comeback for New York (6-5).

Ravens 13, Titans 12

At Baltimore, Tennessee turned the ball over four times and allowed rookie Ed Reed's blocked punt for the game's only touchdown.

The Titans (6-5) have lost five straight to the Ravens (5-6).

Cowboys 21, Jaguars 19

At Irving, Texas, Chad Hutchinson threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns to lead Dallas (4-7) past Jacksonville (5-6).