Bucs intercept four passes in 24-17 win over Panthers
TAMPA —Throughout One Buc Place — in the locker room, in the coaches meetings and in the film room — the Bucs told themselves that the way to right their season was to go out every week and win the turnover battle.
The leads would come, as would the takeaways, and ultimately, so would the wins.
The Bucs didn't play a perfect game against the Carolina Panthers, but their four interceptions of Cam Newton were enough to beat their division rival 24-17 Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium for their second straight win.
After opening the season 3-7, Tampa Bay has won the turnover battle the past two weeks at home, and won both games.
Taylor Heinicke replaces Newton at quarterback, and his Hail Mary pass is batted down.
Newton throws incomplete, but Bucs penalized for a neutral-zone infraction.
Carolina down to its final shot. 56 yards away. 6 seconds remaining.
Panthers at their 44 with 13 seconds remaining.
Short punt by Bryan Anger gives the Panthers the ball at the Carolina 26.
Newton overthrows an open Devin Funchess on fourth down, and the Bucs take over on downs.
Jason Pierre-Paul sacks Cam Newton on third down, making it 4th-and-10 with 2:23 to play.
Bucs will punt back to the Panthers.
Andrew Adams makes his third interception of the day, the Bucs' fourth.
Newton throws on the run to DJ Moore, and the Panthers are out to midfield after the 24-yard completion.
Bucs unable to capitalize on the turnover and will punt the ball back to the Panthers.
And there’s that guy again. Andrew Adams picks off Cam Newton for the second time in the game, the Bucs' third.
Devin Funchess scores on a slant pass, and Carolina pulls back to within 24-17 with 2:24 left in the quarter. Isaiah Johnson shaken up on the play.
Panthers will start from their 8-yard line.
Peyton Barber goes up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Bucs lead 24-10 with 7:23 remaining in the third.
Bucs pick up 52 yards on a pass interference penalty in the end zone against Donte Jackson.
Graham Gano connects from 37 yards out, and the Panthers close the deficit to 17-10 with 10:58 left in the third quarter.
Cam Newton hits Devin Funchess for an apparent touchdown, but a holding penalty negates the play.
Vinny Curry sacks Newton for the Bucs' third sack of the day.
Darius White catches a short pass from Cam Newton, then weaves 33 yards in and out of Bucs defenders to the Bucs 12.
Ryan Smith breaks up a deep pass for Curtis Samuel.
Cam Newton hits DJ Moore on consecutive passes, and the Panthers are out across midfield.
Bucs capitalize on Panthers turnovers to take 17-7 lead at halftime
TAMPA — The Bucs scored 10 points off a pair of Carolina turnovers, taking a 17-7 lead over the Panthers into the locker room at halftime.
They took a 10-point lead into the half on quarterback Jameis Winston's 13-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin in the right corner of the end zone with 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
With the pass, Winston broke Josh Freeman’s franchise record for career touchdown passes with his 81st pass of his career.
One play after he is nearly intercepted at the goal line by Eric Reid, Winston throws a dart to Chris Godwin in the back of the end zone. Bucs lead 17-7 with 13 seconds left in the half.
Cameron Brate takes the ball down to the Panthers 3 with 30 seconds left in the half.
And now Javien Elliott with the Bucs' second interception of the game and a 50-yard return.
De’Vante Harris lays out to break up what appeared to be a certain touchdown pass from Newton to Curtis Samuel.
Jameis Winston sacked on back-to-back plays, the second time by Kawann Short, and Bucs will punt.
Adam Humphries muffs the punt catch but scrambles to recover it.
Cam Newton chased out of bounds on 3rd-and-13,and the Panthers will punt back to the Bucs.
The call on the field is confirmed. Panthers will get the ball.
Peyton Barber loses the ball as he nears the goal line and the Panthers recover. Call on the field is a fumble.
Winston finds Adam Humphries on third down, and the receiver takes the ball to the Carolina 6.
Jameis Winston connects with Chris Godwin for a 48-yard gain to the Panthers 25.
Newton throws incomplete for Curtis Samuel on 3rd-and-7, and the Panthers will punt. Carolina tight end Greg Olsen limps off the field after the play.
Lavonte David sacks Cam Newton on a delayed blitz to end the first quarter.
Christian McCaffrey rips off a 53-yard run, then takes a Newton pass 8 yards into the end zone for a Carolina touchdown. Panthers trail the Bucs 10-7 with 4:14 in the first.
Cairo Santos good from 35 yards out, extending the Bucs lead to 10-0 with 6:41 remaining in the first quarter.
Jameis Winston chased out of bounds on 3rd-and-9.
Newton’ s third-down pass tipped by Lavonte David into the hands of Andrew Adams for a Bucs interception deep in Panthers territory.
Kevin Minter sacks Cam Newton for a loss of eight, bringing up 3rd-and-16.
Jameis Winston hits Adam Humphries on a 3-yard touchdown pass, and the Bucs have an early 7-0 lead, with 9:46 left in the first.
Panthers at Bucs, 1 p.m.; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa; TV/radio: FOX, 97.9-FM.
Bucs without Brent Grimes, Carlton Davis
TAMPA — The Bucs will be without starting cornerback Brent Grimes for today’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a knee injury.
Cornerbacks Carlton Davis (knee) and M.J. Stewart (foot) are also out, which will test the Bucs' depth at the position.
Grimes played all 64 defensive snaps last week against the 49ers. De’Vante Harris will start in Grimes' place.
Also, veteran offensive tackle Demar Dotson will miss the game.