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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: REACTION TO THE BUCS-PANTHERS GAME

Bucs quarterback Josh McCown on getting the ball down 17-14 with 1:36 left:

"I thought we were going to win. I felt really confident about that; that we were going to move the ball down the field and win."

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson:

"We kept fighting. No one gave up. We came out in the second half and played a little better. We did a good job against the run. For the most part we did okay."

Bucs coach Lovie Smith, on punting from the Carolina 36 during the third quarter:

"We knew exactly where the cutoff point was, and it was the 35-yard line."

Smith on Josh McCown's two interceptions:

"I would never analyze it too much. He made two bad decisions that he normally wouldn't, and he won't do that again. That's how I'm going to look at it."

Bucs receiver Mike Evans:

"Limit the turnovers, and we'll have a good chance of winning. We lost by six and had three turnovers. We could have won."

Smith on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen:

"Greg Olsen is a great player. There's a reason I drafted him in the first round. He's been good each year he's been in the league, and we knew that coming in."

Bucs fullback Jorvorskie Lane, on the Panthers:

"That team is really good. Their front seven is really good. They play really sound football. They had our number today. We'll meet them again and we'll see how it goes from there."

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, on the Bucs:

"They are a good, solid football team. They are on their way. We've just got to be ready because we are going to face these guys again."

Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson on playing for injured starter Cam Newton:

"I felt like I executed and did the things they asked me to do. There were a couple of throws I would like to have back. But all in all, getting a win in this stadium is a pretty good thing."

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy on Anderson:

"I wouldn't say impressed is the best word. I would say proud because he did what I knew he was going to do. He's done it in preseason, and he does it in practice. He's a Pro Bowler for God's sake."

Carolina tight end Greg Olsen, on Anderson:

"It just says a lot about the kind of guy he is and how much pride he takes in preparing every week. It's been a year, and he hasn't gotten his number called, but he's always been prepared, and then a day like today he's worth his weight in gold."

Panthers (and former Florida State) 6-foot-5 receiver Kelvin Benjamin, on his fourth-quarter touchdown catch over Bucs 5-10 cornerback Mike Jenkins:

"I'm big. You've got to use your size. You have to overpower them and just go get the ball and be strong with your hands."

Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer:

McCown showed why the Panthers always went with Jake Delhomme during his years with the team.

Pat Yasinskas, espn.com:

Let's keep in mind this was only one game, and it was a close loss to the defending division champion. It's not time to write off the season or even hit the panic button because the Bucs did show some spunk late in the game. But, geez, if Tampa Bay's offense doesn't get more productive and consistent, it could be a long season.

Darin Gantt, profootballtalk.com:

After left guard Logan Mankins left the game early, things started crumbling, and they couldn't protect quarterback Josh McCown. When McCown started making ill-advised passes that turned into interceptions, it didn't help.

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