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Buccaneers vs. Panthers Social Rewind

Posted Dec 1, 2013

A look back at the Week 13 NFC South matchup through the eyes of social media.

The Buccaneers met the Carolina Panthers for the second time this season looking to spoil a seven-game winning streak while building on a three-game stretch of their own. Here is how it all went down on Twitter. All week long, each team had a close eye on a number of injuries. An hour and a half before kickoff, the announcement of inactive players rolled in. ESPN and NFL’s Adam Schefter provide the info. After forcing a three-and-out on the first Panthers’ possession, the Buccaneers put together their first drive. Mike Glennon hit on all four of his passes for 46 yards, giving the Bucs an early lead. Buccaneers.com senior writer and editor, Scott Smith shares a stat: Carolina would answer back on the next series however. QB Cam Newton broke free for a big game, setting up the Panthers’ first points of the game. Pewter Report calls the highlights: The Panthers would hold the Bucs to a three-and-out and once again get the ball. On third-and-10 after two incompletions, Newton would again drop back for the pass. 98.7 The Fan celebrates with the Bucs: The turnover would result in three more points for the Buccaneers. At the end of the first, the Panthers led 7-6 as BucsNation shared a strong stat for the Buccaneer defense. To begin the second quarter, the Buccaneers would continue their drive. On first-and-10 from their own 36-yard line, Mike Glennon took aim deep downfield to his favorite target, Vincent Jackson. Jenna Laine relays the play. Now on the four-yard line, the Panthers would keep the Bucs out of the end zone on two straight tries. On third down, Glennon scrambled left, cocked his arm back and lost the football. Tom Krasniqi makes the call: Off the turnover, Carolina would being its drive. Here is how the offense worked its way down the field from multiple sources. The Bucs would stall the drive at the five-yard line after 14 plays and 76 yards, giving the Panthers just three more. Tampa Bay couldn’t get moving again, giving Carolina the ball back with 4:10 left in the half. The Panthers worked their way to the three-yard line, and like the last drive, the Bucs stopped them on three straight downs, setting up fourth-and-one. Carolina would go for it, and it would play out like this: At halftime, Carolina held the lead 17-6 as @TBBuccaneers, official Twitter of the Bucs, provided the Buccaneers’ key players so far. The Bucs would start the half with the ball and get things moving with three Bobby Rainey runs for 26 yards. On the next play, Mike Glennon would escape pressure and heave a pass deep downfield. The ball would be intercepted, but see some controversy as noted by Buccaneers writers and FOX Sports analyst and former VP of Officiating, Mike Pereira. Carolina would take over at the 22-yard line and put together another quick drive, highlighted by a 12-yard reception by RB Mike Tolbert and 36-yard grab and run by TE Greg Olsen. On the next play, the Panthers would get their third TD of the game. The Fan calls it again: With 10:50 left in the third, the Bucs would drive again, this time with nine plays taking them from their own 20-yard line down to the Carolina 30. Bobby Rainey added to his second half stats. However, the drive would end with a missed field goal and keep the Panthers on top 24-6. CB Darrelle Revis nearly got the ball back on the next play, beautifully cutting off a pass with a clear path to the end zone, but the ball would fall to the turf. Scott Smith comments on what transpired after the whistle. Carolina would again make short work of moving down the field, now without having to contend with Darrelle Revis. But, on first-and-10 from the 23-yard line, the Buccaneers would strike again with a second interception. Tampa Bay couldn’t add more points off the turnover and would again punt away, making way for another Carolina drive, this time for 12 plays. Again, the Bucs would hold strong inside the 10-yard line, allowing a field goal, but the drive would also eat 8:45 minutes of clock. The Buccaneers would punt, but the defense would get the ball back quickly. With 2:46 left, the offense would face fourth down and fail to convert. With no timeouts left, the game would end, 27-6.