Bucs punish the Panthers in the second half to pull out the victory 46-23
Tampa Bay- The Bucs' offense came alive in the second half, as they defeated the Panthers 46-23.
Coming off a disappointing defeat against the New Orleans Saints last week, Tampa Bay wanted to come out and make a statement against the Carolina Panthers. After trailing the Panthers early in the first, Brady started to get the offense rolling. Brady went 5 out of 6 in his second possession of the day and hit Cameron Brate for a touchdown to tie up the game, 7-7.
Early in the second quarter, the Bucs tacked on a field goal to cut the Panthers' lead to four, 14-10. Tampa Bay's defense had trouble stopping the big plays down the field which kept the Panthers in the game. With under a minute left, Brady threw his second touchdown of the day to Mike Evans to tie up the game at the end of the half, 17-17.
Tampa Bay captured their first lead of the game, as Ryan Succop kicked a field goal with 10 minutes left in the third quarter to go 20-17. The Bucs extended the lead, as Ronald Jones busted through the Panthers' defense for a 98-touchdown run midway in the third. Tampa Bay attempted the PAT, but Carolina blocked the attempt, 26-17. The Bucs tacked on a field goal late in the third to take a demanding 29-17 lead.
It was all cosmetic in the fourth, as the Bucs tacked on a couple of scores to pull away with a victory over Carolina.
Brady finished the game with 341 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Jones ran for 192 yards and 1 touchdown.