The Panthers bested the Bucs 28 - 17 in a tale of two halves. After two straight 3 and outs for the Panthers the Bucs took an early 7 - 0 lead. Christian Ponder had gotten lucky on a couple of bad passes early in the game, but on a drive that was deep in Panthers territory his luck ran out and he threw an INT to Jon Beason. Cam Newton and the Panthers offense proceeded to drive down the field and tie the game up early in the 2nd quarter. After a late field goal from the Bucs the half ended with a score of 10 - 7 Bucs. After trading TDs in the 3rd it was a 3 point game in the 4th quarter. The Bucs who completely dominated time of possession (17:45 to 10:15) continued to use a run the clock approach and took the ball into Panthers territory. However, the defense made a stop and the Bucs were forced to punt with just under 4 minutes to go in the game. The Bucs were able to pin the Panthers deep in their own territory; however, with the Bucs loaded up in a pass defense formation Cam Newton audibled to a run play on 1st and 10 from the 11 and DeAngelo Williams ran for 15 yards to the 26. A few plays later Greg Olsen caught a pass an took it deep down the field for a huge gain that put the Panthers deep in Buccaneer territory. After a successful 3rd down play that put the Panthers on the 1 yard line Cam Newton was able to sneak it in for the go-ahead TD. On the next drive by the Bucs Panthers 2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly was able to pick off Christian Ponder for a TD that sealed the deal. Another INT by Captain Munnerlyn ended the game. The Panthers have now improved to 5-2 and tied for first in the NFC South. This is a surprise to most everyone as the Panthers started out 1-2 and after a huge loss to the Giants in Week 3 everyone had pretty much given up on the Panthers. They have been able to take advantage of the weak teams on their schedule with 4 straight wins, but now comes the big test for the Panthers as they are set to face the Falcons, Patriots, 49ers, and Dolphins.