It was over when ...
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde ended a 21-year NFL career by kneeling down to cement the Panthers' 31-23 victory. The play was a fitting way for the notoriously immobile Testaverde to finish his accomplished career; he got minus-1 yard rushing on his final stat sheet.
The Panthers were productive on third down, converting 7-of-14 opportunities to extend drives and keep the defense fresh.
The Bucs rested many of their normal starters, including QB Jeff Garcia, RB Earnest Graham and WR Joey Galloway. ... Matt Moore was sharp in his third career start, throwing a career-high two touchdown passes.