Following a Carolina Panthers field goal with just under three minutes remaining in the game, the Buccaneers took the ball at their 18-yard line. After a Doug Martin 4-yard run, Carolina used their first time out. Another 4-yard Doug Martin run resulted in third-and-two and another Carolina time out. On the crucial third-down play, Josh Freeman found Vincent Jackson over the middle. Carolina used their final time out.
On the next play, Doug Martin took a hand off up the middle for 15 yards, leading to the two-minute warning and sealing the Buccaneers’ win. The following three plays had Josh Freeman taking a knee, leading to the firing of the cannons, marking the Buccaneers Week One victory over their division rivals, 16-10.
UPDATE: Josh Freeman ended the night completing 16 of 24 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown. Doug Martin led the game in rushing with 95 yards on 24 carries. Vincent Jackson was the top Bucs’ receiver with four catches and 47 yards. Mike Williams added the Buccaneers’ lone touchdown. Connor Barth was three-for-three on field goal attempts, hitting from 36, 20 and 40 yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense held the Carolina Panthers to just 10 rushing yards and added two interceptions and three sacks on Carolina QB Cam Newton. Ronde Barber, who was being honored at tonight’s game for achieving his 200th consecutive start, highlighted his milestone with five tackles, two passes defended, one sack and one interception. The special teams added a blocked punt.