Chris Chandler and Vinny Testaverde have been rotating as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chandler, however, probably regained the job after coming off the bench Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and leading the Buccaneers to a 14-13 victory.
The victory ended Tampa Bay's seven-game losing streak and probably saved Richard Williamson's job as coach. The Buccaneers (1-5) had not won since Williamson's debut last December and there had been speculation that management might use this week's open date to make a change.
"Chris did a wonderful job. He came in, took charge and won it," Williamson said. "This win will make things a lot better for the next two weeks, better to work and better to get ready to play again."
The Eagles (3-3) held Tampa Bay to 83 yards total offense and led 13-0 before Chandler replaced Testaverde with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Chandler threw an eight-yard scoring pass to Robert Wilson with 4:20 left in the game after Broderick Thomas smothered punter Jeff Feagles inside the Philadelphia 10-yard line.
Tampa Bay's defense uncharacteristically stopped an opponent's offense in a crucial situation to get the ball back with 2:24 left, then Chandler did his part to finish the victory.
The Buccaneers, who had six turnovers, marched 54 yards in six plays to go ahead, 14-13, on Bruce Hill's five-yard reception with 1:09 left. Philadelphia's Rod Harris fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Tampa Bay's Sam Anno recovered to thwart any chance of a comeback by the Eagles.
Chandler completed seven of 11 passes for 105 yards. Testaverde, who injured his right thumb, completed five of 18 for 52 yards, had one pass intercepted and was sacked three times.
Tampa Bay finished with 193 yards of offense, but the Eagles produced only 171 of their own in rookie Brad Goebel's first start at quarterback.
Goebel, playing because Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon are injured, completed nine of 20 passes for 62 yards and had two passes intercepted. He directed a 47-yard drive that produced Roger Ruzek's 18-yard field goal, but the Philadelphia defense set up the rest of the Eagles' points.