Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12  Carolina Panthers 9 Sunday 27 October 2002 at Ericsson Stadium
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Pittman 12-36, Stecker 5-17, R.Johnson 4-17, Alstott 5-4, Williams 1-(-3). PANTHERS: Smith 22-82, Fasani 5-15, Hoover 2-7, Goings 2-6. PASSING BUCS: R.Johnson 33-22-179-1-0, King 1-1-7-0-0. PANTHERS: Fasani 18-5-46-3-0. RECEIVING BUCS: Jurevicius 5-55, Dilger 4-45, Stecker 4-26, Alstott 3-11, K.Johnson 2-21, Barlow 2-10, Dudley 1-15, Williams 1-7, Pittman 1-(-4). PANTHERS: Muhammad 3-31, Hoover 1-8, Walls 1-7. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Lynch 2-0, Kelly 1-0. PANTHERS: Howard 1-6. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Stecker 3-74. PANTHERS: Smith 3-106, Byrd 1-16. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 4-24. PANTHERS: Smith 5-7. SACKS BUCS: Rice 2-15, Sapp 1-11. PANTHERS: Peppers 2-13, Jenkins 2-7, Buckner 1-6, Fields 1-5.
OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 72 Oben LDE 94 Spires LG 71 Jenkins UT 92 McFarland C 62 Christy DT 99 Sapp RG 60 Coleman RDE 97 Rice RT 67 Walker LLB 51 Singleton TE 85 Dilger MLB 53 Quarles WR 19 Johnson RLB 55 Brooks WR 83 Jurevicius LCB 25 Kelly WR 84 Barlow SS 47 Lynch RB 32 Pittman FS 34 Jackson QB 11 Johnson RCB 20 Barber SUBSTITUTIONS 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 10 King, 23 Phillips, 26 Smith, 27 Stecker, 35 Ivy, 38 Howell, 40 Alstott, 43 Cook, 52 Webster, 56 Nece, 58 Golden, 66 Benjamin, 74 Green, 75 Brown, 77 Washington, 80 Yoder, 86 Williams, 88 Dudley, 91 Darby, 96 Wyms, 98 Smith DID NOT PLAY INACTIVE 14 Johnson, 30 Barnes, 31 Wansley, 34 Stephens, 76 Reyes, 81 Lee, 87 McCardell, 90 Gurley
SCORING TB 4:57-1Q Gramatica FG32 CAR 10:52-2Q Graham FG20 CAR 8:44-3Q Graham FG47 CAR 1:36-3Q Graham FG39 TB 10:05-4Q Gramatica FG52 TB 1:55-4Q Gramatica FG53 TB 0:05-4Q Gramatica FG47
Somehow the Buccaneers did just enough to win this game on the road in Carolina, a game that featured no touchdowns and saw four Martin Gramatica fieldgoals be the difference as the Bucs improved to 6-2 on the season.  The defense did its part limiting the Panthers to 20 yards passing offense including -4 during the first half.  Randy Fasani was also picked off three times but RB Lamar Smith gave them enough third quarter offense to take a 9-3 lead before Gramatica did his thing.   The Bucs played without injured QB Brad Johnson and back-up Rob Johnson was sacked no less than six times.
COMMENTARY CREW Dick Stockton, Troy Aikman and Cris Collinsworth