Freeman connected with WR Mike Williams on a 6-yard TD pass over the middle to take the Bucs to a 6-0 nothing lead 9 minutes and 40 seconds into the game.
Both RB Doug Martin and FB Erik Lorig saw plenty of time on the 80-yard drive. Doug Martin ran the ball 5 times for 26 yards, while catching 2 passes, including a spectacular jumping grab over Luke Kuechly. Lorig added 2 receptions for 20 yards.
Connor Barth connected on the extra point, bringing the score to 7-0.
Michael Koenen’s ensuing kickoff travels through the end zone for a touchback. Carolina will begin their second drive of the game on the 20-yard line.