This game started out very well for the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton. Newton led the Panthers on an outstanding opening drive. Running back Jonathan Stewart was also vital in their drive as he had some big carries. Newton would eventually lead the Panthers into the endzone to give Carolina the early lead, 7-0. However on the ensuing kick off, things took a turn for the worst for Carolina. Return man Josh Cribbs would return the kick 95+ yards and tie this game quickly at 7 all. On their next drive Cam Newton would be picked by FS Dashon Goldson. That, however; would lead to no Buccaneer points. The Buccaneer defense, from that point, would buckle down and force Carolina into multiple punts. Josh Freeman would find a streaking Brandon Gibson for a 71 yard TD score, and later connect with Mike Williams from 37 yards out. Carolina had no answer all day for running back Doug Martin. Martin had a nice 53 yard touchdown run in the 3rd, in which he beat the defense to the outside. Tampa would pull away pretty early in the ball game and eventually get the victory, 35-14. Player of the Game: TB / RB Doug Martin - 17 Carries, 149 Yards, 1 TD Key Stats: The Bucs outgained the Panthers in yardage, 369 to 277. Cam Newton was held to only 26 yards rushing. The Panthers turned the ball over 2 times (INTs). The Bucs did not turn it over once. GG Warhawk AKA dreadman ... See you in Carolina!