Tampa Bay claimed their first win of the NFL season, holding off the ultimate drive of Carolina to maintain an edgy 20-14 victory that leaves the Panthers winless.
With time running out involving the NFC South rivals along with the Panthers trailing by six inside their home season opener, Cam Newton led Carolina in a closing two-minute drill.
They seemed to be heading to get a first win of the season, or at least overtime, since they attained the redzone, but the Buccaneers came up with a late goal-line stand to ensure Newton, despite 324 passing yards, was held without a touchdown for the second successive week.
Lightning in the region meant the match has been delayed for 25 minutes at the first quarter, but the Bucs held to provide head coach Bruce Arians his first victory since taking control in the off-season
Peyton Barber ran for 82 yards and a 16-yard touchdown while Jameis Winston threw for 208 yards as Tampa Bay held Newton in check when it mattered most, the Panthers quarterback came up with a different fumble since he endured an eighth successive defeat.
The Panthers required four field goals from a Barber safety, along with Matt Gay, to stand their 14 points .
Chris Godwin was Winston’s safety blanket, the receiver scored the match’s only touchdown and hauled.
For Newton it had been another night of frustration, culminating in the drive that fell short despite numerous breaks. Afterwards he chose a snap from the wildcat creation to take over on downs on fourth down play from them both, Christian McCaffrey stopped.
The Buccaneers (1-1) got lots of pressure on Newton along with three sacks coming from Shaquil Barrett. Additionally they held McCaffrey into 53 total yards from scrimmage after he awakened 209 yards and two touchdowns in the.
Up next – The two teams get a protracted break the Buccaneers return at home when they face the New York Giants, while Carolina chase their first success when they host the Arizona Cardinals.