Roberto Aguayo makes game-winning kick as Buccaneers add to woes of slumping Panthers
Roberto Aguayo hits the game-winning field goal at the 38 yard line to lift Tampa Bay over Carolina. AP

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Roberto Aguayo's shaky first NFL season got a big lift Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).

The rookie made up for missing two earlier field goals by converting a 38-yard field goal as time expired to break a tie and lift the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Carolina Panthers 17-14.

Aguayo, the most accurate kicker in NCAA history, had clanked a 33-yard field goal attempt off the right upright and missed another shot wide left from 46 yards that would have given the Bucs the lead with 3:38 remaining. He was just 3 of 7 for the season before the winning kick.

"Obviously you get a little angry when you miss them," Agauyo said. "You can't dwell on it or you won't be ready for the next one."

When asked how comfortable he was with the field position on the final kick, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter replied: "I wasn't comfortable. We couldn't get close enough."

Jameis Winston was 18 of 30 for 219 yards and threw a TD pass to Mike Evans. He also led a 66-yard drive to get the Buccaneers (2-3) into field goal range. A costly 15-yard facemask penalty on Kony Ealy hurt the Panthers along the way.

Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 101 yards on 30 carries in place of the injured Doug Martin.

The Panthers turned the ball over four times, three of those by Derek Anderson, who was filling in for the concussed Cam Newton.

"We moved the ball when we wanted to and had a lot of good things happen, but we had bad plays at the wrong times," Anderson said.

The most costly turnover came late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 14 and the Panthers having a first-and-goal at the Tampa Bay 2. Anderson inexplicably threw into double coverage in the right corner of the end zone and was intercepted by Brent Grimes.


"If I had it back I would have thrown it away," Anderson said. "That was a difference maker."

The Panthers ruined a memorable night from Greg Olsen, who had a career-high 181 yards receiving on nine catches. Cameron Artis-Payne ran for two touchdowns for the Panthers.

Carolina is now 1-4 after reaching the Super Bowl last season.

"We've got a laundry list of things that didn't go our way," Olsen said. "The reality is, in this league, you make your own luck. You make your own fate. You can't sit around and hope the ball bounced your way. Right now, it's not, but that's just the nature of this league. It goes in flows."

The Panthers turned the ball over just 19 times last season en route to the Super Bowl. This year they already have 14 turnovers in the first five games.

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