``It's never over. We fight to the end,'' Carolina defensive tackle Brentson Buckner said after Kris Jenkins blocked what would have been a game-winning conversion by Martin Gramatica. ``We knew they had to go out and make the extra point. We blocked two kicks prior to that, so we thought: `Hey, we've got a chance. ... By the grace of God we blocked it.''
The Bucs had tied it with no time left in regulation on Keenan McCardell's 6-yard reception. Considering Gramatica never missed an extra point in his career (129 attempts), the conversion seemed a formality.
``I went in and blocked it. I don't think it was rocket science or anything,'' said Jenkins, who also knocked down a 38-yard field goal try in the second quarter. ``It was now or never. We didn't have a choice. Somebody had to get it.''
John Kasay's fourth field goal, a 47-yarder with 3:28 remaining in the extra period, capped a wild final few minutes.
Jake Delhomme, who came off the bench to lead Carolina's comeback against the Jaguars, was 9-of-23 for 96 yards in his third pro start. He was sacked twice and threw two interceptions.
Stephen Davis rushed for 142 yards and Kasay also kicked field goals of 28, 35 and 20 yards for Carolina (2-0), which set up Kasay's game-winner with Steve Smith's 52-yard punt return to the Tampa Bay 40.