Despite costly turnovers early in the game, the Buccaneers find themselves down by just one score, 17-10, at halftime. So far, all 17 points the team has given up have come off of turnovers.
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A fumbled snap on the second play of the game gave Carolina the ball on the Bucs' 21, a drive that would end in a field goal. The Bucs turned the ball over one more time in the first quarter, with Josh Norman returning an interception for a touchdown.
Photos from Buccaneers vs. Panthers at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs turned the ball over once more time at the start of the second quarter, eventually resulting in a Ted Ginn Jr. touchdown reception. The play was initially ruled incomplete but was over-turned following a Panthers challenge.
But the Buccaneers have rallied back. Tampa Bay kicker Kyle Brindza booted a 42-yard field goal to cut Carolina's lead to 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second, the Buccaneers added a touchdown on a five-yard run by Doug Martin to make the score, 17-10. Tampa Bay's touchdown drive was their best of the day. The team drove 80 yards in 13 plays to find the end zone.
The Bucs have nine first downs, one more than Carolina, and lead, 190 to 113, in total offensive yards. Tampa lead the Panthers in total rushing yard and total passing yards.
Carolina won the toss at the start of the game and elected to defer. They will receive to start the second half.