December 24, 2011
Panthers have a ball, rout Bucs 48-16
The Carolina Panthers gave a demonstration in domination, overwhelming Tampa Bay 48-16 today at Bank of America Stadium.
In sending the Bucs to their ninth straight loss, the Panthers took advantage of multiple mistakes and turnovers by Tampa Bay as they won for the fourth time in their past five games.
Quarterback Cam Newton broke the NFL record for passing yards by a rookie while throwing three touchdown passes and running 49 yards for another as the Panthers improved to 6-9 with a game remaining at New Orleans next Sunday.
Jonathan Stewart also moved into second place on the team's all-time rushing list and had a touchdown reception as the Panthers rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season.
On the second play from scrimmage in the second half, strong safety Jonathan Nelson -- who was promoted from the practice squad this week -- intercepted a deflected Josh Freeman pass and returned it 20 yards to the Tampa Bay 32-yard line.
Three plays later, DeAngelo Williams took an option pitch from Cam Newton and raced 22 yards for a touchdown that stretched the Panthers' lead to 27-10. Another Tampa Bay turnover -- a Kellen Winslow Jr. fumble at the end of a trick play littered with penalty flags against the Bucs -- set up another Carolina touchdown.
Steve Smith had a 23-yard run on a reverse to start the drive then Newton threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Stewart on a fourth-and-one as the Panthers opened a 34-10 lead with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter.
The game could hardly have started better for the Panthers, who jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first seven minutes. On the game's first possession, the Panthers made it look easy, going 80 yards on nine plays, getting a touchdown and 7-0 lead in an eight-yard run by DeAngelo Williams.
In the process, Newton broke Peyton Manning's long-standing record for passing yardage by a rookie, setting the mark on a seven-yard completion to Brandon LaFell.
The Bucs helped the Panthers when LeGarrette Blount fumbled a handoff from Josh Freeman on Tampa Bay's first play from scrimmage, setting up a 21-yard Olindo Mare field goal.
Playing without starting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and strong safety Charles Godfrey, the Panthers' secondary was a patched together unit.
The Bucs took advantage by mounting a 15-play touchdown drive on its second possession, getting the touchdown on a four-yard pass from Freeman to Arrelious Benn.
The Panthers answered with a 91-yard touchdown pass from Newton to LaFell, who pulled the ball away from defensive back E.J. Biggers and raced downfield, getting a key block from Steve Smith for the longest completion in franchise history.
The touchdown stretched the Carolina lead to 17-7 with 13:06 left in the first half. The teams traded field goals from there, sending the Panthers into the locker room with a 20-10 lead.
The Panthers piled up 110 rushing yards in the first half, the 13th consecutive 100-yard rushing game.
Posted by Observer Sports on December 24, 2011 at 04:28 PM | Permalink
Fun Game to watch! Great team performance! Next week should be fun to watch as well!
Can't complain at all about this season with all the injuries and how people though Newton would fail!
Next year we should be a contender right up there with the big boys!
Posted by: T-Mac | Dec 24, 2011 5:26:00 PM
Watch out, NFL! The Panthers are coming in 2012, and they're primed to win. Fear the Cat!
Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Dec 24, 2011 6:06:46 PM
Last place team gets beaten by next to last place team Bucs who lost 11 straight and weakest in the NFL. Wow. roflmfao
Saints ready to destroy Pansies and their overrated qb next week and Harper end Smiths career for good. Texas boy Drew Brees to put on a 2nd clinic for the visitors and end their season on a sour note.
Chicago and Newton for 2012 a done deal for 100 million over 5 years. Peppers assisting the process.
Newton says thanks to the chumps for free media glut hype but it wont help when the Bears play the Kittys next year.
No playoffs. No Super Bowl. No nuttin. The last 4 games of any season are throwaways anyway for playoffers.
Posted by: 5 time super bowl champs | Dec 25, 2011 6:34:43 AM
Hey 5 time super bowl chump!
Why don't you take your negative tired old ass back to your hole and crawl in it. Apparently you've had one concussion too many and don't remember where you are, or what you are. so, the saints are going to destroy the Panthers next Sunday, huh? Well why are you making excuses already by saying the last four games are throwaways for playoff teams?! What mindless dribble!,
Posted by: Dbigcat | Dec 26, 2011 11:25:25 AM
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