Overall Grade: B
OT Grade: A
Doug Martin in overtime: 11 yard run, 27 yard run, one yard run, seven yard run, two yard run. Bell cow, much?
Dallas Clark caught the game winning touchdown. Not too shabby for an old dude.
Q4 Grade: B
Doug Martin had a HUGE 21 yard run. I use "huge" not to describe the length, but the impact the scamper had on the Bucs momentum. What a juggernaut. Still the Muscle Hamster, though.
Yet he fumbles on fourth down, into the end zone, giving Carolina a touchback. His first career fumble robs the Bucs of seven points.
Mike Williams did not have a good day. When the opportunity for him to make up for it arose, he dropped the ball on 3rd down. Ignore the fact he made a reception on the very next play.
That's a Tommy Point for Vincent Jackson. He makes a 3rd down grab to set the Bucs up in the redzone, makes the touchdown, and scores the two point conversion.
Q3 Grade: D-
Something is not clicking with this offense today.
We're seeing the O-line get more of a push on running plays, which is a good sign. But that doesn't make up for the Bucs first three drives of the second half; 3-and-out, interception, 3-and-out.
Q2 Grade: D+
The offensive line did not look sharp on the first drive of the second quarter, allowing major penetration and a 13 yard sack. Tampa seems have no answers for Carolina's blitzes.
Because of this, the skill position players have had no chance to shine.
Q1 Grade: B-
What's this nonsense with "the Dougernaut?" Yes, Doug Martin is a juggernaut, proven when he trucked Luke Kuechly, but the Muscle Hamster is a whole lot more fun to say.
In other news, tight end Nate Byham got his first career NFL touchdown off a J. Freeman pass.
DJ Ware always should get some critical acclaim for turning a third and six screen pass into a 13 yard gain.