Panthers vs. Buccaneers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Bucs swept the Panthers this season after being swept by Carolina last season.
This game was devastating for the Panthers, as they were up by two scores with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Let's see what happened in this NFC South clash.
That's it from this one, as the Bucs produced a breathtaking comeback at the expense of the Carolina Panthers.
Josh Freeman found tight end Dallas Clark for the game-winning touchdown as the Panthers blew a two-score lead late in the fourth quarter.
This was a very disappointing result for the Panthers, who now fall to 2-8 on the year.
The Panthers defense has offered no resistance in overtime, as the Bucs are taking exactly what they want.
If this continues, the Bucs will likely score a touchdown and end the game.
Doug Martin broke two big runs on his first two carries of the overtime, as he ripped off runs of 11 and 27-yards respectively.
The Buccaneers won the toss and will get the ball first in overtime.
Remember, as long as the Bucs don't score a touchdown, the Panthers offense will get a chance to get another drive.
Cam Newton kneeled the ball to end the fourth quarter, which means that overtime is on deck.
Vincent Jackson got open behind the Panthers coverage and Josh Freeman found him for the two-point conversion in the back of the end zone.
The Panthers late game pass defense is horrendous, as evidenced by the Bucs miraculous game-tying drive.
The fate of this game will be dependent on the Bucs upcoming two-point conversion.
Josh Freeman threaded the needle to Vincent Jackson, who somehow held onto the pass for a touchdown while Luke Kuehly attempted to knock the ball out.
The play was reviewed by the officials in the box upstairs, but the play was upheld.
The Bucs have driven down to the Panthers 25-yardline with 20 seconds left in regulation.
Tampa Bay does not have any timeouts, so if Josh Freeman is sacked the Bucs will be sunk.
Thomas Davis was flagged for unnecessary roughness which gave the Bucs a 33-yard play to get their final drive started.
While the call was questionable, it is unacceptable for any Panthers defender to commit a penalty that stops the clock.
The Bucs will get the ball back down by eight points and with about one minute left on the clock.
Tampa Bay will need to drive the field down the field without timeouts and also need a touchdown and the two-point conversion to tie the game up.
The Bucs used their final timeout with a little more than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Cam Newton converted a 3rd-and-11 to move the chains and essentially end the game.
Tampa Bay can only stop the clock using the two minute warning, so the Panthers will be able to whittle the clock down.
The Bucs took their second timeout with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter, so if the Panthers can get two more first downs this game will likely be over.
Connor Barth kicked the ball into the end zone on the ensuing kick off, which means the Panthers offense will come onto the field with a chance to burn the rest of the clock.
On fourth-and-two with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter, the Bucs decided to kick a field goal to make it a one score game.
Connor Barth drilled a 40-yard field goal through the uprights to make it an eight point game.
Josh Freeman and the Bucs offense managed to convert a 4th-and-5 at midfield to keep their desperation drive alive although time is against them.
Brandon LaFell caught a Cam Newton strike down the middle of the field and rumbled into the end zone to give the Panthers an 11 point lead.
Newton put together a great drive, which may have sealed the game because there are only six minutes remaining.
On the Panthers next third down, Cam Newton threw a perfect strike to Steve Smith who was running a post.
The play went for 17 yards and another first down.
Cam Newton scrambled around on 3rd-and-2 and found a wide open Brandon LaFell in the middle of the field, who then took the ball up field for an extra dozen yards.
Josh Freeman was stopped a yard short of the endzone on third down, which prompted them to go for it on fourth-and-one.
Doug Martin received the handoff and took the ball up the middle where he fumbled upon crossing the goal line.
The play was ruled a fumble and that ruling was upheld when it was reviewed by the officials upstairs.
It was a major break for the Panthers, as they dodged a bullet and will retain the lead.
The Bucs moved into the red zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter behind some strong running by Doug Martin.
The third quarter did not see any scoring, so both offenses are going to have to play better in the final frame.
Ronde Barber continues to be a thorn in the Panthers side, as he took down Jonathan Stewart in the backfield on a 3rd-and-1 which forced a Carolina punt.
With 7:49 left in the third quarter, Luke Kuechly has eight tackles and has been instrumental in slowing down Doug Martin.
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