Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 Carolina Panthers 20 Sunday 7 September 2014 at Raymond James Stadium
SCORING CAR 7:59-2Q Olsen 5 pass from Anderson (Gano kick) CAR 0:00-2Q Gano FG28 CAR 14:53-4Q Benjamin 26 pass from Anderson (Gano kick) TB 7:23-4Q Owusu 19 pass from McCown (Murray kick) TB 2:06-4Q Rainey 6 pass from McCown (Murray kick) CAR 0:23-4Q Gano FG33
Lovie Smith’s first game as head coach was in a losing effort in spite of the Bucs fighting back from a 17-point 4th quarter deficit only to commit key turnovers to make it all go to waste.   “That's not exactly how we wanted to start the season,'' said Smith. “We were minus-three in the turnover ratio, and you just can't win like that.''
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING BUCS: Lane 1-54, McCown 3-27, Rainey 4-12, Martin 9-9. PANTHERS: Williams 14-72, Stewart 9-20, Tolbert 7-11, Anderson 3-10. PASSING BUCS: McCown 35-22-183-2-2. PANTHERS: Anderson 34-24-230-0-2. RECEIVING BUCS: Myers 6-41, Evans 5-37, Jackson 4-36, Owusu 2-20, Rainey 2-8, Seferian-Jenkins 1-26, Stocker 1-8, Martin 1-7. PANTHERS: Olsen 8-83, Benjamin 6-92, Cotchery 4-32, Stewart 3-17, Tolber 2-6, Avant 1-0. INTERCEPTIONS BUCS: none. PANTHERS: Harper 1-3, Cason 1-1. KICK RETURNS BUCS: Patton 2-52. PANTHERS: none. PUNT RETURNS BUCS: Patton 4-56. PANTHERS: Brown 3-36. SACKS BUCS: McCoy 1-9. PANTHERS: Edwards 1-9, Kuechly 1-7, Hardy 1-5.
STARTERS OFFENSE DEFENSE LT 73 Collins DE 94 Clayborn LG 70 Mankins DT 93 McCoy C 62 Dietrich-Smith DT 98 McDonald RG 66 Omameh DE 90 Johnson RT 69 Dotson WLB 54 David TE 82 Myers MLB 59 Foster WR 13 Evans SLB 52 Casillas WR 83 Jackson LCB 27 Banks FB 46 Lane RCB 21 Verner RB 22 Martin SS 23 Barron QB 12 McCown FS 38 Goldson PLAYED 7 Murray, 9 Koenen, 10 Herron, 24 Jenkins, 25 James, 29 Johnson, 31 Wright, 37 Tandy, 39 Dixon, 43 Rainey, 48 DePaola, 50 Fletcher, 51 Lansanah, 56 Solomon, 72 Gilkey, 75 Cousins, 80 Owusu, 86 Patton, 87 Seferian-Jenkins, 88 Stocker, 89 Shepard, 96 Means, 97 Spence DID NOT PLAY 8 Glennon INACTIVE 28 Melvin, 30 McDougald, 64 Pamphile, 65 Johnson, 71 Edwards, 91 Bowers, 92 Gholston
COMMENTARY CREW Chris Myers and Ronde Barber