Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 Carolina Panthers 10 Sunday 17 November 2002 at Raymond James Stadium
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Pittman 21-57, Alstott 2-8, B.Johnson 4-6, Stecker 2-(-4). PANTHERS: L.Smith 15-46, Brown 4-17. PASSING BUCS: B.Johnson 40-22-253-0-2. PANTHERS: Peete 38-22-205-3-1. RECEIVING BUCS: K.Johnson 7-74, McCardell 4-56, Pittman 4-21, Jurevicius 2-48, Stecker 2-20, Alstott 2-13, Dudley 1-21. PANTHERS: Brown 6-44, Goings 4-35, S.Smith 4-40, Muhammad 3-59, Walls 2-21, Wiggins 1-6, Hankton 1-4, L.Smith 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Smith 1-2, Lynch 1-0, Kelly 1-(-7). PANTHERS: none. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Stecker 3-73. PANTHERS: Brown 2-46, Black 2-29, Wiggins 1-18. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 3-10. PANTHERS: Smith 1-5. SACKS BUCS: Rice 2-20, Wyms 1-9, Spires 1-8. PANTHERS: Burton 1-6, Peppers 1-0.
OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 72 Oben LDE 94 Spires LG 71 Jenkins UT 91 Darby C 62 Christy DT 99 Sapp RG 60 Coleman RDE 97 Rice RT 67 Walker LLB 51 Singleton TE 85 Dilger MLB 53 Quarles TE 88 Dudley RLB 55 Brooks WR 87 McCardell LCB 25 Kelly WR 19 Johnson SS 47 Lynch RB 32 Pittman FS 34 Jackson QB 14 Johnson RCB 20 Barber SUBSTITUTIONS 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 23 Phillips, 26 Smith, 27 Stecker, 35 Ivy, 38 Howell, 40 Alstott, 43 Cook, 52 Webster, 58 Golden, 66 Benjamin, 74 Green, 75 Brown, 77 Washington, 80 Yoder, 83 Jurevicius, 86 Williams, 89 Crawford, 90 Gurley, 96 Wyms, DID NOT PLAY 11 Johnson, 93 Claybrooks INACTIVE 10 King, 30 Barnes, 31 Wansley, 64 Goodspeed, 81 Lee, 84 Barlow, 92 McFarland, 98 Smith
SCORING CAR 6:06-1Q S.Smith 20 pass from Peete (Graham kick) TB 9:27-2Q K.Johnson 1 pass from B.Johnson (Gramatica kick) CAR 6:25-2Q Graham FG42 TB 3:00-2Q Gramatica FG20 TB 1:28-3Q McCardell 22 pass from BJohnson (Gramatica kick) TB 8:03-4Q Gramatica FG32 TB 3:57-4Q Gramatica FG41
Returning from their bye weel, the Bucs improved their record to 8-2 by completing a season sweep of their division rival Panthers in spite of trailing for much of the first half.  Brad Johnson played another solid game, hitting his two main receiving targets, Keyshawn Johnson and Keenan McCardell for a score each.  Then it was over to the Buccaneer defense as always, intercepting Rodney Peete three times and sacking him four more.  ‚ÄúTheir defense is fantastic,'' Panthers center Jeff Mitchell said. ``I was with the [Super Bowl champion Baltimore] Ravens two years ago, and that's how we won the whole thing - with defense. Why can't they?''
COMMENTARY CREW Curt Menafee and Tim Ryan