Sunday, October 12, 2008

14-0 Tampa, and Carolina looks bad early

It's late in the first quarter, and Tampa Bay already leads the Panthers, 14-0. So far Carolina's tally includes: a blocked punt, an interception, several key penalties, their first defensive TD allowed in 10 quarters and absolutely nothing offensively in their first three possessions.

Dante Rosario is having a really bad day so far. Fox TV blamed Rosario for missing the block on the Jason Baker punt that ended up getting spiked and returned for a TD. Then Rosario had a chance to make a fingertip grab, but instead had the ball bounce off his fingertips for an interception that set Tampa Bay up inside the Panthers' 30.

The Bucs converted that one as Panther nemesis Jeff Garcia -- who always plays well against Carolina -- ran a nice play-action pass near the goal line and threw off balance for a TD.

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