Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 Carolina Panthers 12 Sunday 14 September 2003 at Raymond James Stadium
SCORING CAR 2:05-1Q Kasay FG28 CAR 0:14-2Q Kasay FG36 CAR 10:11-3Q Kasay FG20 TB 2:07-3Q Gramatica FG41 TB 0:00-4Q McCardell 6 pass from BJohnson (kick blocked) CAR 3:28-OT Kasay FG46
The day it all started to go wrong for the defending champions.   They had two FG attempts blocked and the apparent game-winning PAT after Brad Johnson had found Keenan McCardell to tie the score with no time remaining in the fourth quarter.  Throw in 17 flags for 168 yards and the demise of the Super Bowl team started in the home opener.   “I don't bounce back immediately, not from something like this.'' ' Jon Gruden said.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Dunn 12-36. Alstott 6-10, Dilfer 1-4. BUCS: Pittman 10-38, Alstott 4-9, Jones 4-8, Stecker 3-6, B.Johnson 1-(-1). PANTHERS: Davis 33-142, Foster 3-20, Smart 2-5, Delhomme 1-2, Hoover 1-2. PASSING BUCS: B.Johnson 61-34-339-1-1. PANTHERS: Delhomme 23-9-96-2-0. RECEIVING BUCS: K.Johnson 9-102, Pittman 6-43, McCardell 5-53, Jurevicius 4- 31, Dilger 3-30, Alstott 3-22, Stecker 2-7, Williams 1-43, Yoder 1-8. PANTHERS: Muhammad 4-61, Smith 3-27, Proehl 1-8, Mangum 1-0. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Kelly 1-0, Rice 1-0. PANTHERS: Wallace 1-53. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Stecker 2-39, Jones 2-35. PANTHERS: Smart 2-47. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 4-18. PANTHERS: Smith 3-66. SACKS BUCS: Rice 1-9. PANTHERS: Burton 1-2.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 72 Oben DE 94 Spires LG 60 Coleman DT 92 McFarland C 76 Wade DT 99 Sapp RG 65 Whittle DE 97 Rice RT 67 Walker LLB 56 Nece TE 85 Dilger MLB 52 Webster WR 19 Johnson RLB 55 Brooks WR 87 McCardell LCB 25 Kelly WR 83 Jurevicius RCB 20 Barber RB 32 Pittman SS 47 Lynch QB 14 Johnson FS 26 Smith PLAYED 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 22 Jones, 23 Phillips, 27 Stecker, 30 Barnes, 31 Wansley, 35 Ivy, 38 Howell, 40 Alstott, 41 Wilcox, 57 Rudd, 58 Golden, 66 Benjamin, 71 Jenkins, 80 Yoder, 86 Williams, 89 Heller, 91 Darby, 95 Warner, 96 Wyms DID NOT PLAY 10 King, 79 Mahan INACTIVES 2 Simms, 43 Cook, 53 Quarles, 61 Pinkney, 62 King, 74 Green, 84 Barlow, 90 White
COMMENTARY CREW Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger