Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs Game Capsule

In what we plan to be a weekly post here is the game capsule for the Panthers next game from NFL.com.

SERIES

PANTHERS

BUCCANEERS

SERIES LEADER

14-9

STREAKS

Past 2 & 5 of past 7 overall

COACHES VS. OPP.

Rivera: 2-0

Schiano: 0-0

LAST GAME

12/24/11: Buccaneers 16 at Panthers 48. Carolina QB Cam Newton throws 3 TDs, including 91-yarder to WR Brandon LaFell. RB DeAngelo Williams rushes for 2 TDs in Week 16 win.

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/4/11: Panthers 38, Buccaneers 19. Newton rushes for 3 TDs, setting NFL record for rushing touchdowns by QB in single season.

BROADCAST

FOX (4:25 PM ET): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz, Kristina Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 139 (Car.), 94 (TB). XM: 227 (TB).

2011 STATS

PASSING

Newton: 310-517-4,051-21-17-84.5

Freeman: 346-551-3,592-16-22-74.6

RUSHING

D. Williams: 155-836-5.4-7

Martin (R) (Pre.): 27-97-3.6-2

RECEIVING

S. Smith: 79-1,397-17.6-7

Williams: 65-771-11.9-3

OFFENSE

389.8

319.3

TAKE/GIVE

+1

-16

DEFENSE

377.6

394.4

SACKS

Johnson: 9

Clayborn: 7.5

INTs

Gamble, Martin: 2

Barber: 3

PUNTING

Baker: 42.7

Koenen: 45.1

KICKING

Medlock (Pre.): 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/6 FG)

Barth: 101 (23/23 PAT; 26/28 FG)

NOTES

PANTHERS:

  • QB CAM NEWTONis only player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass (4,051) & 500+ rush (706) in season. Had 14 rush TDs, most ever by QB in season. His 4,051 pass yards were most by rookie. Had 35 total TDs (21 pass, 14 rush), most by rookie in NFL history. Is 2-0 vs. TB with 130.9 rating & has 8 TDs in those 2 (4 pass, 4 rush). Had pass TD & rush TD in 8 games, tied for most in season all-time
  • RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMShas 4 games vs. TB with 2 rush TDs. In 3 games vs. TB with 19+ att., has rushed for 459 yards (153 per game) & 6 TDs. In past 4 meetings with 14+ att.
  • RB JONATHAN STEWARThas rushed for 425 yards (106.3 per game) & 5 TDs. Panthers were 1st team in NFL history with 3 players with 700+ rush yards in season: Williams (836), Stewart (761), Newton (706)
  • WR STEVE SMITHranked 5th in NFL with 1,394 rec. yards & was 2nd with 29 catches of 20+ yards. Recorded 6th career 1,000-yard season
  • DE CHARLES JOHNSONhas 17 sacks in past 23. Has led team in sacks in each of past 2 seasons. RookieLB LUKEKUECHLY(No. 9 overall) won Bronko Nagurski & Butkus Awards at BC

BUCCANEERS:

  • QB JOSH FREEMANpassed for 3,592 yards, 2nd most in team history. Is only QB in club history with 3,400+ pass yards in consecutive seasons. In past 3 meetings, has 106.4 rating. When Freeman has 100+ rating, Bucs are 7-2
  • RookieRB DOUG MARTIN(No. 31 overall) makes NFL debut. Was Boise St.'s Off. MVP in 2011.
  • RBLE GARRETTE BLOUNThas 7 career 100-yard games
  • WR VINCENT JACKSONmakes TB debut. Since 2008, Jackson is only player in NFL with 200+ catches (201) & 18+ avg. (18)
  • WR MIKE WILLIAMShas 65 catches in each of 1st 2 NFL seasons
  • TE DALLAS CLARKwill play 1st game with TB. Is 1 of 2 TEs in NFL history with 100+ catches in season (100 in 2009 w/ Ind.)
  • CB RONDE BARBERwill start 200th consecutive game, most by CB in NFL history. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (27) & 40+ INTs (43)
  • RookieS MARK BARRON(No. 7 overall) makes NFL debut. Was 2-time National Champion at Alabama. Finalist for Jim Thorpe & Chuck Bednarik Awards
  • DE ADRIAN CLAYBORNhad 7.5 sacks, 2nd most by TB rookie
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