Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20  Carolina Panthers 37 Sunday 26 December 2004 at Raymond James Stadium Stadium
SCORING CAR 7:19-1Q Muhammad 15 pass from Delhomme (Kasay kick) TB 1:48-1Q Clayton 22 pass from Griese (Taylor kick) CAR 11:13-2Q Muhammad 6 pass from Delhomme (Kasay kick) CAR 0:03-2Q Kasay FG26 CAR 9:05-3Q Colbert 4 pass from Delhomme (Kasay kick) TB 6:25-3Q Clayton 6 pass from Griese (Taylor kick) CAR 12:14-4Q Seidman 2 pass from Delhomme (kick failed) TB 8:23-4Q Galloway 14 pass from Griese (pass failed) CAR 4:41-4Q Moorehead 17 interception return (Kasay kick)
More turnovers, defensive lapses and a blocked punt all added up to defeat in the final home game of the 2004 season.   The crowd turned on Jon Gruden and his team just two years after they were on their way to the Super Bowl as this team was a pale shadow of the one that won it all in Qualcomm Stadium.  “I make no excuses. I don't like where we are," Gruden said. "We've got a long way to go.  I'm going to learn from this experience.”
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Pittman 10-41, Griese 2-3, Alstott 1-2. PANTHERS: Goings 33-127,Delhomme 1-12, Hoover 1-3, Muhammad 1-(-1). PASSING BUCS: Griese 41-30-321-2-3. PANTHERS: Delhomme 24-19-214-0-4. RECEIVING BUCS: Galloway 9-98, Jurevicius 6-66, Clayton 4-66, Alstott 3- 37, Dilger 3-23, Pittman 3-13, Moore 1-10, Brown 1-8. PANTHERS: Muhammad 8-115, Goings 4-39, Mangum 2-25, Seidman 2-16, Hoover 1-9, Proehl 1-6, Colbert 1-4. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. PANTHERS: Moorehead 1-17, Branch 1-0. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Cox 5-111, White 1-9. PANTHERS: Robertson 1-36, Proehl 1-27, Hoover 1-16, Colbert 1-11. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Galloway 0-0. PANTHERS: none. SACKS BUCS: Spires 1-7. PANTHERS: Fields 1-11, Rucker 1-11.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 70 Deese DE 90 White LG 78 Stinchcomb DT 95 Ahanotu C 79 Mahan DT 91 Darby RG 60 Coleman DE 97 Rice RT 67 Walker LLB 52 Gold TE 85 Dilger MLB 53 Quarles WR 84 Galloway RLB 55 Brooks WR 80 Clayton LCB 25 Kelly FB 40 Alstott RCB 20 Barber RB 32 Pittman SS 26 Smith QB 8 Griese FS 38 Howell PLAYED 6 Taylor, 9 Bidwell, 24 Cox, 27 Edwards, 28 Jackson, 35 Ivy, 36 Smart, 37 Allen, 43 Cook, 50 Gooch, 51 Burns, 56 Nece, 58 Cooper, 72 O'Dwyer, 75 Steussie, 81 Brown, 83 Jurevicius, 86 Moore,93 Savage, 95 Ahanotu DID NOT PLAY 2 Simms, 46 Lawrie INACTIVES 14 Johnson, 34 Comella, 44 Baber, 68 Wright, 69 Davis, 77 Terry, 82 Lee, 98 McNeal
COMMENTARY CREW Kenny Albert and Brian Baldinger