1:00 PM ET, November 9, 2003
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers refused to talk any trash before their game against Tampa Bay. After beating the Super Bowl champions for the second time this season, they wouldn't shut up. Jake Delhomme's 5-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith with 1:06 remaining overcame a late Tampa Bay rally and lifted the Panthers to a 27-24 victory Sunday in the matchup of two suddenly bitter rivals.
This team isn't playing with the same edge or intensity that marked last year's play. Also, teams seem to be built to beat them this year. Their last two losses have come against teams that take advantage of the Bucs' weakness against power running.
Question on the Panthers: Is it finally time for folks to give the Panthers their due?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Rice had two sacks to help the Bucs set an NFL record of 69 straight games with at least one sack. ... The Bucs continued their streak of 50 consecutive games with a takeaway. ... Carolina safety Mike Minter scored on a 29-yard interception return. ... John Kasay made both his field goals to remain a perfect 20-for-20 on the year. ... McCardell finished with nine catches for 118 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||3:55||MIKE MINTER 29 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (JOHN KASAY KICK)||0||7|
|FG||13:05||JOHN KASAY 47 YD |
Drive: 11 plays, 39 yds, 5:11
|TD||8:55||TIM WANSLEY 23 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK)||7||10|
|FG||6:30||JOHN KASAY 45 YD |
Drive: 12 plays, 42 yds, 6:30
|TD||11:02||RICKY PROEHL 66 YD PASS FROM JAKE DELHOMME (JOHN KASAY KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 77 yds, 2:19
|TD||4:41||KEYSHAWN JOHNSON 23 YD PASS FROM BRAD JOHNSON (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 63 yds, 2:15
|TD||10:16||KEENAN MCCARDELL 36 YD PASS FROM BRAD JOHNSON (MARTIN GRAMATICA KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 65 yds, 3:48
|FG||12:19||MARTIN GRAMATICA 39 YD |
Drive: 5 plays, 4 yds, 1:42
|TD||13:54||STEVE SMITH 5 YD PASS FROM JAKE DELHOMME (JOHN KASAY KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 78 yds, 1:35