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Bucs use goal-line stand to beat Panthers 20-14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Cam Newton left the shotgun and began creeping toward the line of scrimmage, Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves knew exactly what was coming.

The Bucs sniffed out a fourth-and-1 play from the 2-yard line with Hargreaves shoving Christian McCaffrey out of bounds with 1:22 left to preserve a 20-14 win over the Carolina Panthers and cap off a terrific defensive performance on Thursday night.

Jameis Winston threw for 208 yards and a touchdown, Chris Godwin had 121 yards receiving and a score and Peyton Barber ran for 82 yards, but it was the Bucs defense that won this game. Tampa Bay held the Panthers without a touchdown and limited McCaffrey to 53 total yards to give coach Bruce Arians his first victory with the team.

The goal-line stand, particularly the fourth down play, was just the icing on the cake.

As Newton cleared out of the way, McCaffrey took the direct snap from center, faked a reverse to Curtis Samuel and raced around left end but couldn't find the edge. He tried to extend the ball, but didn't pick up the first down as Hargreaves rode him out of bounds.

''You watch any football and you've seen it a few times,'' Hargreaves said of the play. ''Once I saw Cam walk up to the line of scrimmage and act like he was talking to me I had a pretty good idea what was going on.''

It would be hard to imagine the Panthers taking the ball out of their 6-foot-5, 245-pound quarterback's hands in the past. Even Hargreaves said a few years ago, Newton ''definitely, 100 percent'' would have tried to run and score.

But this is a different time for the ninth-year quarterback. Although he has more TDs rushing than any other QB in the league, he has just minus-2 yards on five carries this season with two fumbles .

''He can't take them hits like that,'' Hargreaves said. ''It's going to eat his body up. So not really. We expected more throwing as he is getting older in his career.''

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said there is nothing wrong with Newton's shoulder or foot that prevented him from running the ball. He believed the Panthers had the right play called.

''Unfortunately, it didn't work,'' Rivera said. ''That's all I can tell. We felt good about the play.''

McCaffrey said it was his job to get into the end zone - or at least pick up the first down - and he failed.

''The ball is in my hands and I have to make that play,'' McCaffrey said. ''I have to get better.''

Actually the entire Panthers offense needs to get better, Newton said.

''It's hard to look defensive guys in the eyes after a game like this because we didn't uphold our end of the bargain,'' Newton said. ''All fingers are pointed back to the offense and me specifically.''

Newton finished with 324 yards passing , but was held without a touchdown for the second straight week.

The Buccaneers (1-1) got plenty of pressure on Newton with three sacks coming from Shaquil Barrett. The Panthers failed to reach the end zone, only scoring on Joey Slye's four field goals and a safety by Luke Kuechly . They are 0-2 for the first time since the 2013 season.

Newton said it's embarrassing being booed off the field on some third downs. He said you can't blame the fans and ''they deserve better.''

WINSTON AVOIDS TURNOVERS

After throwing two pick 6's last week, Winston played a turnover-free game.

And with the defense playing well, that was good enough.

''I thought he was outstanding,'' Arians said. ''He had a hell of a week as far as mentally preparing and getting ready for this ball game. I think that's the type of game he can play.''

NEWTON THROWS DEEP

After fielding plenty of questions about attempting only one pass of more than 20 yards downfield in the season opener against the Rams, Newton connected on a 44-yard strike to Curtis Samuel late in the first quarter. It was one of handful of deep balls the quarterback threw.

JEERS TO CHEERS

After fumbling his first two punt return attempts, Ray-Ray McCloud was greeted with sarcastically cheers as he fielded his third punt cleanly. But the jeers quickly turned to cheers when McCloud raced up the middle of the field for a 39-yard return.

SLYE GUY

Undrafted rookie Joey Slye made all four field goals, including a 54-yarder. He's 6 of 7 on the season in place of the injured Graham Gano.

INJURIES

Buccaneers: Linebacker Devin White left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury and cornerback Jamel Dean suffered a lower leg injury in the third. Neither player returned to the game. Kevin Minter, who replaced White, was given the game ball after finishing with eight tackles.

Panthers: None reported.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Host New York Giants on Sept. 22.

Panthers: At Arizona on Sept. 22.

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Key Players
C. Godwin 12 WR
121 ReYds, ReTD, 8 RECs
18
FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
333 PaYds
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:30
M.Gay 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Triner Holder-B.Pinion.
11
plays
53
yds
6:32
pos
20
14
Safety 13:21
P.Barber left end tackled in End Zone for -2 yards SAFETY (L.Kuechly).
plays
yds
pos
17
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:20
M.Gay extra point is GOOD Center-Z.Triner Holder-B.Pinion.
plays
yds
pos
17
12
Touchdown 4:20
P.Barber up the middle for 16 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
3:31
pos
16
12
Field Goal 7:58
J.Slye 51 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
6
plays
29
yds
3:30
pos
10
12
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
J.Slye 54 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
9
plays
39
yds
1:20
pos
10
9
Point After TD 1:20
M.Gay extra point is GOOD Center-Z.Triner Holder-B.Pinion.
plays
yds
pos
10
6
Touchdown 1:20
J.Winston pass deep right to C.Godwin for 20 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
72
yds
2:27
pos
9
6
Field Goal 8:30
J.Slye 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
5
plays
23
yds
1:29
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:56
J.Slye 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
8
plays
61
yds
2:44
pos
3
3
Field Goal 5:40
M.Gay 40 yard field goal is GOOD Center-Z.Triner Holder-B.Pinion.
6
plays
32
yds
2:55
pos
3
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 33:53 26:07
1st Downs 16 20
Rushing 6 2
Passing 9 16
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 2-12 3-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-3
Total Net Yards 289 352
Total Plays 59 73
Avg Gain 4.9 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 100 39
Rush Attempts 31 19
Avg Rush Yards 3.2 2.1
Net Yards Passing 189 313
Comp. - Att. 16-25 25-51
Yards Per Pass 7.6 6.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-19 3-20
Penalties - Yards 12-66 5-50
Touchdowns 2 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-42.7 5-46.4
Return Yards 21 60
Punts - Returns 3-21 4-39
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-21
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 4/5 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 0/0
Field Goals 2/3 4/4
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-3 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Buccaneers 1-1 377320
Panthers 0-2 363214
189 PASS YDS 313
100 RUSH YDS 39
289 TOTAL YDS 352
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64% 208 1 0 103.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 402 2 3 69.2
J. Winston 16/25 208 1 0 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Barber 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 82 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 115 1
P. Barber 23 82 1 16 14
J. Winston 3 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 22 0
J. Winston 4 9 0 9 14
R. Jones 27 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 84 0
R. Jones 4 9 0 12 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Godwin 12 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 8 121 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 174 2
C. Godwin 9 8 121 1 24 18
M. Evans 13 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 89 0
M. Evans 8 4 61 0 41 6
C. Brate 84 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 18 0
C. Brate 2 2 10 0 5 1
D. Ogunbowale 44 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 42 0
D. Ogunbowale 1 1 9 0 9 0
P. Barber 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 19 0
P. Barber 1 1 7 0 7 14
B. Perriman 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 10 0
B. Perriman 4 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Hargreaves 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 1 0.0
V. Hargreaves 11-1 0.0 0 0
C. Davis 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
C. Davis 7-0 0.0 0 0
K. Minter 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
K. Minter 4-4 0.0 0 0
J. Whitehead 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
J. Whitehead 3-3 0.0 0 0
S. Barrett 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 3.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 4.0
S. Barrett 3-0 3.0 0 0
L. David 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.0
L. David 2-5 0.0 0 0
A. Auclair 82 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Auclair 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Edwards 34 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Edwards 2-1 0.0 0 0
W. Gholston 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
W. Gholston 1-2 0.0 0 0
C. Nassib 94 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
C. Nassib 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Bond 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Bond 1-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Triner 97 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Z. Triner 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Murphy-Bunting 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Murphy-Bunting 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Nelson 98 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Nelson 0-1 0.0 0 1
V. Vea 50 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-5 0 0.0
V. Vea 0-4 0.0 0 0
B. Allen 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Allen 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. White 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
D. White 0-2 0.0 0 0
D. Ogunbowale 44 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Ogunbowale 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Bucannon 23 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Bucannon 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Gay 9 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/4 4/4
M. Gay 2/3 40 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Pinion 8 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 49.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 42.1 3
B. Pinion 6 49.2 2 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Wilson 85 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 7.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 5.3 11 0
B. Wilson 3 7.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
49% 333 0 0 70.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.2% 572 0 1 71.0
C. Newton 25/51 333 0 0 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 37 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
35 165 2
C. McCaffrey 16 37 0 10 4
C. Samuel 10 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
C. Samuel 1 2 0 2 9
C. Newton 1 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -2 0
C. Newton 2 0 0 0 11
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Olsen 88 TE
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 110 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 146 0
G. Olsen 9 6 110 0 41 11
C. Samuel 10 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 5 91 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 123 0
C. Samuel 13 5 91 0 44 9
D. Moore 12 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
14 9 89 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 165 0
D. Moore 14 9 89 0 18 8
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 97 0
C. McCaffrey 6 2 16 0 10 4
J. Wright 13 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 29 0
J. Wright 6 2 15 0 9 1
C. Hogan 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
C. Hogan 1 1 12 0 12 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-9 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-13 0 0.0
L. Kuechly 8-9 0.0 0 0
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
D. Jackson 4-2 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-7 0 0.0
S. Green-Thompson 3-5 0.0 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 1.0
J. Bradberry 3-0 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
E. Reid 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
D. Poe 2-1 1.0 0 0
B. Burns 53 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
B. Burns 2-1 1.0 0 0
T. Moton 72 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Moton 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Hogan 15 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Hogan 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. McCoy 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
G. McCoy 1-3 0.0 0 0
T. Boston 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 0.0
T. Boston 1-3 0.0 0 0
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Palardy 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Haynes 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
M. Haynes 1-3 0.0 0 0
N. Jamerson 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Jamerson 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
K. Short 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Elliott 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
J. Elliott 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
M. Addison 0-2 0.5 0 0
E. Obada 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
E. Obada 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Carter 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.5
J. Carter 0-2 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Slye 4 K
12
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 0/0
SEASON FG XP
6/7 3/3
J. Slye 4/4 54 0/0 12
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 50.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 49.6 3
M. Palardy 5 50.6 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Hogan 15 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
C. Hogan 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 9.8 39 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 11.5 39 0
R. McCloud 4 9.8 39 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TB 25 1:59 4 18 Punt
8:31 TB 47 2:55 6 32 FG
2:52 TB 25 2:12 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:32 TB 22 2:37 3 -4 Punt
8:26 TB 25 2:52 5 19 Punt
3:47 TB 28 2:27 5 72 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 TB 8 2:01 3 -3 Punt
7:51 TB 25 3:31 7 75 TD
2:54 CAR 45 2:54 7 21 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 TB 3 0:16 2 -3 Safety
11:39 TB 46 2:15 3 -15 Punt
8:58 TB 33 6:32 11 53 FG
1:22 TB 2 1:22 3 0 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 CAR 10 4:30 9 43 Downs
5:36 CAR 25 2:44 8 61 FG
0:40 CAR 22 3:08 6 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:55 TB 42 1:29 5 23 FG
5:34 CAR 7 1:47 4 13 Punt
1:20 CAR 25 1:20 9 39 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 1:38 4 25 Punt
11:21 CAR 38 3:30 6 29 FG
4:20 CAR 25 1:26 4 19 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 32 1:23 4 16 Punt
13:21 CAR 46 1:42 4 9 Downs
9:24 CAR 21 0:26 3 0 Punt
2:26 CAR 25 1:04 11 73 Downs