Special teams error costly to Panthers — again

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The more things change for the Panthers, the more they stay the same.

A week after getting rid of special teams coach Brian Murphy, a costly special teams error cost them an early lead.

The Buccaneers took advantage of a fumbled punt return by Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, and the short field made it easy to take a 7-0 lead.

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman stood in against a rush and delived to tight end Nate Byham for a quick score, and the Panthers just drew another flag on the ensuing kickoff.