After three-straight fourth quarter comebacks, the Carolina Panthers finally secured a relatively easy win. The Panthers picked up a league-best and team-record eighth straight win by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-6 on Sunday.
After giving up two first quarter field goals, Carolina's defense shut down Tampa Bay while its offense scored 20 unanswered points in the final three quarters. The Bucs were held to just 206 yards of total offense, as former NC State quarterback Mike Glennon threw an interception and fumbled.
Cam Newton accounted for three touchdowns, two through the air and one on the ground. He finished 18-for-29 passing, throwing for 263 yards. He also led Carolina in rushing with 68 yards, including a 56 yard run to set up the team's first score. Ted Ginn Jr and Brandon Lafell caught touchdowns of 36 and 16 yards from Newton.
Carolina improved to 9-3 with the win, guaranteeing the team of its best record since it went 12-4 in 2008. Carolina will travel to New Orleans to play the Saints on Sunday Night Football next week.