Carolina 31, Tampa Bay 23
By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer
December 30, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay resting most of its starters for the playoffs didn't stop Carolina from treating its season finale as a meaningful game and giving Vinny Testaverde a nice send-off.
DeAngelo Williams rushed for 121 yards and two second-half touchdowns, helping the Panthers beat the NFC South champion Buccaneers 31-23 with the retiring 44-year-old Testaverde taking the last snap in the same city where he began his NFL career in 1987.
Matt Moore threw for 174 yards and two TDs for Carolina (7-9) in his third pro start, preventing Tampa Bay (9-7) from joining the 1999 St. Louis Rams as the only teams since 1970 to go unbeaten in division play the year after going winless.
Instead, the Bucs will enter the playoffs on a two-game losing streak after treating the past two weeks much like the preseason.
Williams scored on runs of 1 and 32 yards, and Moore threw TD passes of 2 yards to Christian Fauria and 20 yards to Dante Rosario for Carolina, which finished a disappointing season that's raised speculation about the future of coach John Fox.