Jonathan Stewart has reason to celebrate.
The Carolina Panthers ran roughshod over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 38-23 win before a national audience on Monday night, claiming sole possession of first place in the NFC South in the process.
The Panthers posted nearly 300 rushing yards on the Bucs defense, which had been ranked fourth in the NFL coming in. But Monte Kiffin's squad was no match for the rookie Stewart (115 yards) and the veteran DeAngelo Williams (186 yards), who both found the end zone twice.
The Panthers (10-3) buoyed their chances of securing home field advantage in the NFC. The definitive answer will likely come in two weeks, when Carolina travels to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants (11-2).
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay's (9-4) divisional hopes took a hit, but their Wild Card prospects remain strong.
Stewart and Williams' tag team act marked the first time in NFL history that two running backs on the same team each ran for 100-plus yards, 2 touchdowns and averaged over 7.0 yards per carry.