TAMPA BAY, FL (WNCN) — The Carolina Panthers moved to 4-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl run in 2003, as they handily defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) on the road.
Tampa Bay has lost 10-straight at home, but had a chance to move to 2-0 in the division and .500 overall for the first time since 2012.
Now Tampa is 0-11 at home after the 37-23 loss on Sunday against Carolina. Turnovers plagued the Bucs as they had 5, including an interception that the Panthers ran back for a TD.
Also, there was another wild play this week for the Panthers.
In the 3rd quarter with the Panther’s up 17-10, Jonathan Stewart runs up the middle for a nice gain, but as he’s being tackled, he fumbles…. the ball flies into the air and Panthers tight end Ed Dickson is in the right place at the right time to catch the ball in stride..
Dickson runs the rest of the way for the touchdown. 67-yards on the score, Panthers lead 24-10.
The Panthers traded for Jared Allen this week, after Charles Johnson went down with a hamstring injury.
Unofficial Final Statistics Carolina 10 7 14 6 -- 37 Tampa Bay 3 7 7 6 -- 23 First Quarter CAR - FG, Graham Gano, 24 yards, 12:09 CAR - TD, Josh Norman, 46-yard interception return (Graham Gano kick), 10:41 TAM - FG, Kyle Brindza, 42 yards, 7:03 Second Quarter CAR - TD, Cam Newton, 7-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. (Graham Gano kick), 10:50 TAM - TD, Doug Martin, 5-yard run (Kyle Brindza kick), 4:23 Third Quarter CAR - TD, Ed Dickson, 57-yard fumble return (Graham Gano kick), 12:25 CAR - TD, Cam Newton, 12-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. (Graham Gano kick), 7:25 TAM - TD, Jameis Winston, 10-yard pass to Charles Sims (Kyle Brindza kick), 2:48 Fourth Quarter CAR - FG, Graham Gano, 27 yards, 13:28 CAR - FG, Graham Gano, 27 yards, 4:15 TAM - TD, Jameis Winston, 6-yard pass to Vincent Jackson (Kyle Brindza kick failed), 0:58 TEAM STATISTICS CAR TAM First Downs 17 25 Rushes-Yards 33-132 30-141 Passing Yards 112 270 Comp-Att-Int 11-22-0 26-43-4 Return Yards 111 107 Punts-Avg. 3-49.3 1-46.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 5-45 5-48 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING (Team: player, attempts-yards) CAR: Cam Newton 12-51, Jonathan Stewart 10-49, Cameron Artis-Payne 8-25, Mike Tolbert 3-7. TAM: Doug Martin 20-106, Charles Sims 6-23, Jameis Winston 4-12. PASSING (Team: player, completions-attempts-interceptions-yards) CAR: Cam Newton 11-22-0-125. TAM: Jameis Winston 26-43-4-287. RECEIVING (Team: player, receptions-yards) CAR: Brenton Bersin 4-54, Ted Ginn Jr. 2-19, Greg Olsen 2-28, Corey Brown 1-3, Ed Dickson 1-11, Fozzy Whittaker 1-10. TAM: Vincent Jackson 10-147, Doug Martin 5-37, Mike Evans 3-32, Louis Murphy 3-26, Charles Sims 3-30, Cameron Brate 1-7, Brandon Myers 1-8.