Week 9: Panthers Top Tampa in Mud Bowl: The Sequel

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    For the second time this season; the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would play a water logged game, in a steady downpour from start to finish. Also for the second time this season, the Panthers would overcome the sloppy conditions, and a tough Tampa Bay squad, to defeat the Buccaneers and sweep them for the season. With the 36-14 victory, the Panthers move to 7-1 on the season and stay alone atop the standings in the NFC South at the halfway point of their season.​
    The Panthers offense overcame a slow start in the first half to put 23 points on the board in the second half and pull away from the upset minded Buccaneers.​


    1st Quarter:

    After the Panthers offense was held to a punt on their opening possession, the defense would make a huge play to get them the ball right back. Carolina nickle cornerback Captain Munnerlyn would step in front of a Josh Freeman pass for an interception, and a short return would put Carolina right into field goal range. The Panthers offense would continue to struggle moving the ball and settled for a 32 yard Graham Gano field goal for an early 3-0 lead.

    The Buccaneers offense would answer right back, as Freeman connected with tight end Charles Clay on a long scoring pass. Freeman caught the Panthers in a soft zone and connected with Clay on a slant to the sideline on the play. Panthers safety Charles Godfrey, playing the deep zone, appeared to have a bead on the ball but went for the pick and came up empty handed, springing Clay for the long catch and run for the 47 yard touchdown and a 7-3 Tampa Bay lead.


    2nd Quarter:

    After the teams exchanged punts, the Panthers would pull to within 1 point on a 30 yard Gano field goal. 7-6 Tampa Bay

    The Panthers defense would come up with their second turnover of the day, as Jon Beason forced his team leading 5th fumble on the season. Beason would lay a punishing blow on Bucs power back Legarrette Blount, on a 3rd and 1 play, to force the ball out. Defensive end Kahlbuto Williams would dive on the ball to give the Panthers possession in Tampa Bay territory.

    On the very next play; Panthers quarterback Cam Newton would fake a handoff to Taiwan Jones, that had the whole Buccaneers defense going left, and elude one defender down the right side on his way to a 30 yard touchdown run and a 13-7 Carolina lead.

    ha Buccaneers would get a great return from Golden Tate, on the ensuing kickoff, to give them a short field to work with. Tampa Bay would drive down to the Carolina 1 yard line, and Blount would redeem himself as he punched it in from the one to give the Buccaneers back the lead at 14-13 going into the half.


    3rd Quarter:

    Following a Tampa Bay 3 and out to start the 3rd quarter, Cam Newton would drive the Carolina offense down field and take back the lead on a 9 yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. 20-14 Carolina

    The Buccaneers offense would again be held to a 3 and outs on their next 2 possessions, failing to capitalize on a Cam Newton interception between them.

    The Panthers offense continued to find some success in the 2nd half, as Newton connected with Wilkerson for a 57 yard touchdown. Wilkerson ran a text book out route, caught the ball and eluded one defender. It was then off to the races for the speedy rookie out of Penn State, as he out ran the Tampa Bay safety Mark Barron to the endzone. The Panthers would fail on a 2 pt conversion attempt, 26-14 Carolina at the end of the 3rd.


    4th Quarter:

    The Tampa Bay offense would continue to struggle and were held once again to a punt.

    After a short 1st down Carolina run to their own 32 yard line, Cam saw the Tampa defense crowding the box in anticipation of another run to keep the clock moving on 2nd down. With the lone deep safety cheating towards the line, and the corners pressing Wilkerson and Green, Cam capitalized with an audible to a pass. Wilkerson left his man reaching for air at the line of scrimmage and Cam lofted the ball deep in his path. Wilkerson ran under the ball, secured it, high stepped out of a desperation dive by the defender, and ran untouched to the endzone for a 68 yard touchdown and a 33-14 Carolina lead.

    Gano would add his 3rd field goal of the day, from 44 yards out, to give you your final score of 36-14 Carolina.


    NOTES:

    The newest addition to the Carolina Panthers, bulldozing halfback Brandon Jacobs, would carry the ball 10 times for only 24 yards, but had some key short gains late in the game.

    The Carolina offense rebounded from a 1/6 3rd down conversion rate in the first half, to finish with a 6/12 conversion rate in the game.

    The wet conditions let to a lot of broke routes, as receiver slipped and fell on their cuts, as well as most assuredly contributed to the 6 total drops between the teams (3 on each side).

    Rookie receiver Patrick Wilkerson continues to impress, as he caught 4 balls on the day for 157 yards and 2 touchdown. There has been increasing chatter around the league about Wilkerson being a candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, especially with the possible season ending injury to fellow rookie receiver Steven Amber in Green Bay.

    The Carolina Panthers stay home to host Eli Manning and the New York Giants in week 10, where the smothering Giants D will be looking to contain Cam and company and keep the Giants in the race for the NFC East.

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    GG as always James! See you next year!
    Phenom
     
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