Gramatica kicks the game winner as Panthers lose

Gramatica kicks game winner as Panthers lose to Tampa Bay 12-9 in a defensive minded game.

Charlotte, NC - Martin Gramatica kicked a 53-yard field goal to tie the game, then a 47-yarder with 5 seconds remaining to lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 12-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Gramatica hit all four of his field-goal attempts to help the Bucs win a defensive struggle.

"Our margin of error is not great enough where we can afford to make one mistake,'' said Carolina coach John Fox. "That fumbled punt proved to be costly, and the difference of winning and losing for this team.''

With injuries to their regular quarterbacks, Rob Johnson made his first start of the season for the Bucs, and the Panthers went with rookie Randy Fasani, their third-stringer.

Neither had much success, but that was to be expected. The Bucs came into the game with the best defense in the league, the Panthers were ranked fourth.

Johnson finished 22-for-33 for 179 yards and an interception.

Fasani went 5-for-18 for 46 yards and three interceptions, including one on the final play of the game.

"I didn't play that well, and I expect more of myself,'' Fasani said. "Granted, it was a tough team to play against in my first start.''

 


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