Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers: How they scored

First quarter
Scores
Bucs 7-05:2013 plays, 80 yards, 7:20
Mike Williams 6-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick). Key plays: On Tampa Bay's first possession of the season, Freeman hit FB Eric Lorig for 15 yards to get inside Carolina territory. Rookie RB Doug Martin caught a pass for 11 yards and ran for 11 on a pitch around the left end. Freeman capped the drive with his touchdown to Williams on first and goal.
Bucs 10-01:205 plays, 32 yards, 2:27
Connor Barth 36-yard field goal. Key plays: Fair catch interference against the Panthers set up the Bucs at midfield. On the ensuing play, Josh Freeman found new TE Dallas Clark for 33 yards to the 17. The drive stalled, and Barth connected on the field goal.


Second quarter
Score
Bucs 13-02:5513 plays, 90 yards, 8:43
Connor Barth 20-yard field goal.

Key plays: The Bucs put together their second impressive drive of the half thanks to a pair of Panthers pass interference penalties and strong passing from Josh Freeman. An 8-yard penalty against cornerback Chris Gamble and 22-yarder against CB Josh Norman moved the Bucs to their 45. Freeman added a 21-yard pass to WR Vincent Jackson, picked up 12 on a scramble and hit Jackson for 15 to the 4. Two runs and a short completion failed to get Tampa Bay into the end zone, and Barth hit a second field goal.



Third quarter
Score
Bucs 13-78:555 plays, 70 yards, 2:26
Brandon LaFell 22-yard pass from Cam Newton (Justin Medlock kick).

Key plays: Newton came out slinging to open the second half — with much success. Starting from his 30, Newton completed four consecutive passes: 5 yards to WR Steve Smith, 11 to TE Greg Olsen, 32 to Smith down the right sideline and the touchdown to LaFell, who was uncovered in the middle of the secondary.



Fourth quarter
Scores
Bucs 16-77:587 plays, 20 yards, 3:12
Connor Barth 40-yard field goal. Key plays: The Bucs took over at the Panthers 42 after CB Aqib Talib's blocked punt. Recent pickup D.J. Ware ran for 8 yards on third and 3 from the Panthers 35 for one first down. But Freeman's third-down pass was incomplete to force Barth's third field goal.
Bucs 16-102:468 plays, 86 yards, 2:20
Justin Medlock 21-yard field goal.

Key plays: Cam Newton hit FB Mike Tolbert for 20 yards one play before former Florida and Lakewood High WR Louis Murphy made a fingertip catch on a 51-yard bomb to the Bucs 18. Carolina picked up one more first down. But the Bucs made two stops from the 3, forcing the field goal.

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