Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 Carolina Panthers 27 Sunday 9 November 2003 at Ericsson Stadium
SCORING CAR 11:05-1Q Minter 29 interception return (Kasay kick) CAR 1:55-1Q Kasay FG47 TB 6:05-2Q Wansley 23 interception return (Gramatica kick) CAR 8:30-3Q Kasay FG45 CAR 3:58-3Q Proehl 66 pass from Delhomme (Kasay kick) TB 10:10-4Q K.Johnson 23 pass from B.Johnson (Gramatica kick) TB 4:44-4Q McCardell 36 pass from B.Johnson (Gramatica kick) TB 2:45-4Q Gramatica FG39 CAR 1:06-4Q Smith 5 pass from Delhomme (Kasay kick)
This was a similar defeat to the previous week. The Bucs fall behind, battle back offensively and then give up a late drive to cost them the game.    Jake Delhomme found Steve Smith from five yards out with 66 seconds remaining and dropped the Bucs to 4-5 on the season.   This was the first time Jon Gruden had lost two consecutive games as Tampa Bay’s head coach and all but sealed the division title for Carolina.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Pittman 12-50, B.Johnson 2-14, Stecker 2-13, Jones 3-12. PANTHERS: Foster 22-56, Smith 1-14, Delhomme 1-5, Goings 1- 2, Smart 1-1, Muhammad 1-0. PASSING BUCS: B.Johnson 43-24-275-1-2. PANTHERS: Delhomme 32-20-277-2-2. RECEIVING BUCS: McCardell 9-118, K.Johnson 5-80, Pittman 5-47, Cook 3- 12, Sapp 1-18, Jones 1-0. PANTHERS: Smith 9-72, Muhammad 4-46, Proehl 3-133, Hankton 1-12, Mangum 1-10, Seidman 1-6, Foster1 -(-2). INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: Wansley 2-38. PANTHERS: Minter 1-29. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Jones 5-76. PANTHERS: Smart 4-99, Smith 1-20. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Williams 1-5, Barlow 1-0. PANTHERS: Smith 4-33. SACKS BUCS: Rice 2-14. PANTHERS: Jenkins 1-10, Rucker 1-6, Wallace 1-1.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 67 Walker DE 94 Spires LG 71 Jenkins DT 92 McFarland C 76 Wade DT 99 Sapp RG 60 Coleman DE 97 Rice RT 74 Green LLB 57 Rudd TE 85 Dilger MLB 53 Quarles TE 80 Yoder RLB 55 Brooks WR 87 McCardell LCB 20 Barber WR 19 Johnson RCB 31 Wansley RB 32 Pittman SS 47 Lynch QB 14 Johnson FS 26 Smith PLAYED 7 Gramatica, 9 Tupa, 22 Jones, 27 Stecker, 30 Barnes, 34 Gibson, 35 Ivy, 38 Howell, 43 Cook, 44 Ciurciu, 52 Webster, 56 Nece, 65 Whittle, 66 Benjamin, 72 Oben, 79 Mahan, 84 Barlow, 86 Williams, 89 Heller, 90 White, 91 Darby, 96 Wyms DID NOT PLAY 10 King INACTIVES 2 Simms, 21 Poteat, 23 Phillips, 28 Robinson, 61 Pinkney, 62 King, 82 Lee, 83 Jurevicius
COMMENTARY CREW Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Cris Collinsworth