NFL News of September 15, 2003

Just for kicks, or at least because of them, the Carolina Panthers registered one of the greatest wins in the team’s history yesterday.

The Panthers were able to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the defending Super Bowl champions, 12-9 in overtime because place-kicker John Kasay did something that the Bucs couldn’t do – kick a clutch field goal.

The Bucs couldn’t even kick a clutch extra point on the very afternoon that they unfurled their NFL championship banner from a year ago and flaunted it in the Panthers’ faces before kickoff in front of 65,621 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Bucs and their fans were silenced by their place-kicker’s inability to convert an extra point at the end of regulation and two of his earlier field goals that also were blocked – and ultimately by Kasay’s game-winning 47-yard field goal with 3:28 left in overtime.

Defensive tackle Kris Jenkins blocked one of the field-goal attempts by Tampa Bay’s Martin Gramatica, then made the overtime possible by following up with a swat of Gramatica’s extra-point attempt after what the Bucs wrongly assumed was a game-winning touchdown as time ran out in regulation.

—Joe Menzer, Winston-Salem Journal “A Big Block Party; Panthers Block Two Field-goal Attempts, One Conversion Kick in Overtime Win Over Bucs; Kasay’s Boot in Overtime Keys 12-9 Win”

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