Panthers vs. Buccaneers: 5 Things We Learned in Carolina's Win over Tampa Bay

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Panthers vs. Buccaneers: 5 Things We Learned in Carolina's Win over Tampa Bay
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The Panthers are ending the 2011 season quite nicely, and a 48-point dismantling of the division rival Buccaneers only cemented the change of atmosphere in Carolina. 

Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning's rookie record for passing yards on the offense's first drive and went on to pass for three touchdowns and run one in from 49 yards out. 

The offense was rolling on all cylinders, and the defense stepped up as well, limiting the Bucs to only 3.1 yards per carry. 

Here are five notes to take away from the victory. 

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