Panthers lose home opener
After tying their game with Tampa Bay, the Carolina Panthers gave up 13 unanswered points to lose the home-opener, 20-7.
Panthers quarterback Matt Moore connected with Steve Smith on a 37-yard scoring pass play with 11:43 left in the second quarter. The scored tied the game at 7, but it was the only time the Panthers crossed the goal line.
Behind a passing attack that accumulated 178 yards, and 95 yards rushing, the Buccaneers scored on a 35-yard pass from Josh Freeman to Mike Williams, and added two Connor Barth field goals in the second half to secure the win. Barth, a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate, hit field goals of 24 and 33 yards.
Moore passed for 6-of-16 with 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception, before being replaced by rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Clausen threw seven completions in 15 passes for 59 yards and an interception.
He orchestrated a late-game drive that reached the one-yard line, but Tampa Bay turned away a Jonathan Stewart fourth-down run to kill any momentum for the Panthers. The Panthers' DeAngelo Williams rushed for 54 yards on 17 carries to lead Panther rushers. Stewart had eight carries for 43 yards.
The Panthers fall to 0-2.