The Panthers got thing started early, taking their first drive down the field in 4:44. The offense was hitting on all cylinders early, converting on four third down attempts. Lakeland Ledger’s Rick Brown calls the scoring play:
Panthers' IAs: WR Tavarres King, WR Marvin McNutt, CB Josh Thomas, RB Armond Smith, TE Brandon Williams, DT Dwan Edwards & DT Sione Fua.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) October 24, 2013
The Buccaneers didn’t hesitate to answer back to put point of their own on the board. Glennon completed two big passes to put the team in field goal range. Lindell would ultimately drive it home from 47 yards out. @TBBuccaneers, the official twitter of the Bucs, highlights the drive’s big plays.
TD #Panthers. Cam had pressure but was able to throw across his body to a wide open Olsen. But he had like 3 guys open there. 7-0 Carolina— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) October 25, 2013
The Panthers would begin the second quarter with the ball at their own 46-yard line. A long third-down pass from QB Cam Newton to Ted Ginn, Jr. went for 35-yards, setting up the next Caroline score. WDAE 620 AM calls it:
Bucs LB Lavonte David is our top 4-3 OLB at 9.4. He also leads in Pass Rush Productivity at 38.4. 19 pressures on 41 rushes— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 25, 2013
On the next drive, the Buccaneers would be forced to punt.
TD #Panthers. DeAngelo Williams 12-yd run. Carolina leads 14-3 early in the 2nd qtr— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) October 25, 2013
The Panthers would get the ball thanks to the overturned turnover, but a great pass breakup by
Ginn fumbles the return and the Bucs recover! However, replay looks like he was down and it is now under review.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) October 25, 2013
Getting the ball back, the Bucs put together their second successful drive, highlighted by two pass plays from rookie QB
Bucs CB Darrelle Revis has looked very good so far tonight. Working a lot of man vs. Steve Smith, which should not be a surprise— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) October 25, 2013
With time winding down in the half, the Panthers were driving. By the two-minute warning, they were in Buccaneer territory. The drive would be spoiled on a sack from an unlikely source, as called by Fox 13’s Kevin ODonnell:
'Nother field goal for the Bucs. Panthers leading 14-6. 4:03 remaining in the first half.— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) October 25, 2013
That sack would kill the drive, bringing the teams to halftime. The Bucs trailed by eight, but with promising stats for the young quarterback:
— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) October 25, 2013
Michael Adamswith first career sack.
To start the second half, the teams traded punts. On the second Panther drive of the third quarter, the offense converted on a gutsy fourth-down call on the Bucs’ 28-yard line. Cam Newton would then scramble for 19-yards. Per the Panthers’ official Twitter, two plays later:
Panthers 205 total yards; Bucs 157. CP 12 first downs; TB 7. Newton 13-of-18 for 149, 1 TD and 2 sacks; Glennon 11-of-16 for 124; 1 sack— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) October 25, 2013
In the third quarter, Buccaneers notable plays were hard to come by against the NFL’s third-ranked defense, and a powerful offense.
2nd & goal and Newton rushes 6-yards for a @Panthers Touchdown!— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 25, 2013
That sack led to a punt, that would be the second special teams play of the game that would not go in the Bucs’ favor. Tom Krasniqi of WDAE calls it:
Adrian Clayborn finally gets to Newton for a seven-yard sack back to the Carolina 15-yard line. third down.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) October 25, 2013
Tampa Bay took the ball and again couldn’t get into gear. They would go for it on fourth down, resulting in an incomplete pass and turnover on downs at their own 16-yard line. The defense would hold strong, limiting Carolina to three:
The Panthers score on four plays after the recovery on the punt return. Now lead 28-6 in the fourth quarter.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) October 25, 2013
The drive would result in a field goal that was nullified due to a penalty on the Panthers, giving the Bucs a first down and another shot at the end zone. With time running down, Glennon failed to complete on fourth down, leading to two Cam Newton kneel downs and the Panther win.
#Bucs onside kick...and they recover!— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) October 25, 2013