The game couldn't have started much worse for Carolina. After a Mike Goodson fumble, Tampa Bay immediately drove the ball 47 yards in four plays for a 7-0 lead.
The TD came on an 8-yard TD pass from Josh Freeman to Arrelious Benn, who dove for the sideline pylon as he was going out of bounds and just touched it.
The Bucs' big play on the drive was a 29-yard pass to tight end John Gilmore, who was wide open on what looked like a busted coverage by the Panthers defense.
With 10:37 still left in the first quarter, it's Tampa Bay 7, Carolina 0.