It appeared Buckner was holding Tampa Bay's offensive linemen to open holes for teammates to get in better position to make tackles. It's a technique that is used throughout the NFL, but it's rarely called.
--Perhaps the Panthers had better think again before attempting any field goals of longer than 40 yards. The slumping John Kasay has now missed seven of his last nine tries from beyond 40.
Kasay did, however, convert from 39 yards in the second half.
"It is what it is," coach John Fox said. "We missed a field goal."
--Defensive end Mike Rucker, who earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the team's previous meeting against Tampa Bay last month, was declared inactive on Sunday with an ankle injury.
Entering this week, Rucker had played in 106 of a possible 108 regular-season games during his seven-year career with the Panthers. He missed two games in 2003 with a sprained knee.
Al Wallace started in place of Rucker, while rookie defensive end Jovan Haye was added to the active roster.
Tight end Michael Gaines also sat out Sunday's game with an ankle injury.
--The bonehead play of the game for Carolina goes to backup running back Nick Goings, who caught a pass on a fourth-and-23 and then proceeded to purposely step out of bounds after a 12-yard gain although no defender was within five yards. Goings had become preoccupied with stopping the clock and apparently forgot what down it was. That play typified Carolina's entire afternoon.
--DE Mike Rucker said he'll be back this week after missing the Bucs game with a sprained ankle. Clearly the Panthers missed Rucker because they were unable to generate a consistent pass rush.
--WR Steve Smith took a hard shot to his sternum on Sunday, but he did return to the game and still managed to post his team-record eighth 100-yard receiving game. Look for Smith to really want to get into the end zone this week against the Saints after falling behind Marvin Harrison for the league lead in touchdowns.
--RB DeShaun Foster said after the Tampa Bay game he could have come back from a shoulder stinger and that he will play this week against New Orleans. However, the team would rather wait and see how the shoulder heals this week before making any rash decisions.
--WR Ricky Proehl criticized the offensive play-calling on Sunday, saying the Panthers need to be more aggressive and throw the football more.
--TE Michael Gaines sat out Sunday with an ankle injury. No word on if he will play this week.
--LB Dan Morgan did not suffer a head injury Sunday as first reported. He merely re-injured his ankle and shoulder.