INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Williams 17-92, Ward 5-32, Freeman 3-30, Pressley 1-0.PANTHERS: Stewart 26-120, Sutton 6-38, Moore 1-(-1).PASSINGBUCS: Freeman 44-23-321-5-0.PANTHERS: Moore 20-14-161-1-0.RECEIVINGBUCS: Bryant 5-116, Winslow 4-69, Stovall 4-68, Stroughter 3-23, Ward 3-17, Williams 2-14, Stevens 1-9, Graham 1-5.PANTHERS: Smith 3-78, Muhammad 4-43, King 3-17, Rosario 2-11, Martin 1-6, Stewart 1-6..INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: Hayes 1-20.PANTHERS: Beason 2-36, Godfrey 1-12, Gamble 1-12, Harris 1-0.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Stroughter 5-129.PANTHERS: Rosario 1-19, Sutton 1-18, Schwartz 1-16.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Stroughter 5-16.PANTHERS: Gamble 1-0.SACKSBUCS: Crowder 1-9.PANTHERS: Peppers 1-4, Hayden 1-2.
Eight times the Bucs got inside the Carolina 30-yard game in this game but only came away with two fieldgoals and hence took a tough road loss to the Panthers. Josh Freeman threw five interceptions to offset his first 300-yard game, three of the turnovers coming in the critical area of the field as the Bucs were poised to score. "It was a tough day for the young man," Raheem Morris said of Freeman, "He just made some bad decisions. Maybe he tried squeezing some balls into Antonio Bryant or Kellen Winslow. He's just got to make better decisions there and generate more points." The Tampa offense did rack up a season-high 469 yards with Cadillac Williams joining in the fun on the ground but it all came to naught in the end.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 Carolina Panthers 16Sunday 6 December 2009 at Bank of America Stadium
SCORINGCAR9:49-1QStewart 3 run (Kasay kick)CAR4:14-1QKasay FG23TB13:30-2QBarth FG21TB10:01-2QBarth FG46CAR6:14-3QKasay FG40CAR7:12-4QKasay FG23
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipAntonio Bryant with a toe-tapping catch down the left sideline for a big gainGeno Hayes comes up with an interception off a deflected passTim Crowder provides a small bright spark with a sack