Carolina dropped to 1-8 this season today with a 31-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who improved to 6-3.
The Panthers were within 21-16 as the fourth quarter began, but got outscored in the fourth quarter 10-0 to lose. On their final drive, they got down to the Bucs' 1, then ran two straight QB sneaks with Jimmy Clausen, who couldn't get over the line on either play.
After Clausen's second unsuccessful sneak, Steve Smith got called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.
The killer play was when, on third-and-10 with 2:52 to go in the game and Tampa up 24-16, Cadillac Williams broke a 45-yard run against the Panthers' defense. That put the game out of reach.