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Winston throws for 2 TDs, Buccaneers beat Panthers 24-17

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got after Cam Newton all game long, sacking the Carolina star four times and intercepting four of his passes.

''The `D' was fantastic,'' coach Dirk Koetter said after Sunday's 24-17 victory over the reeling Panthers.

Truth is, though, the Bucs go as Jameis Winston does.

The fourth-year pro delivered another strong performance in his second start since regaining the starting quarterback job, outplaying Newton and fueling hope for a season-ending turnaround.

Winston threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover, Andrew Adams had three of the defense's takeaways, and Tampa Bay (5-7) suddenly has its first winning streak since starting the year 2-0.

''Jameis' production when we don't turn the ball over - when he doesn't turn the ball over - is always going to be there,'' Koetter said.

''Jameis is a fantastic player, and sometimes that gets negated by turnovers,'' Koetter added. ''You could see the last two weeks when we don't turn the ball over we're a lot harder to beat.''

Winston completed 20 of 30 passes, following up on a turnover-free outing during the previous week's 27-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He also led the Bucs in rushing with 48 yards on five attempts.

''I thought Jameis hurt us big time with his mobility, tucking the ball and running a couple times and converting some early first downs for them. That kept us off-balance,'' Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. ''A couple times he got outside. And when he did, he was able to find the receivers open.''

Meanwhile, Adams led a spirited defensive effort against Newton, who came into the game feeling he's been playing the best football of his career this season, even though the Panthers (6-6) have lost four straight after a 6-2 start.

''I take this one personally. I just have to play better, that's what it comes down to,'' Newton said.

''As a signal-caller, as a quarterback, it's hard to point blame when you've got to account for yourself in the mirror,'' Newton added. ''And when I look back at this game, it really comes down to myself protecting the football. ... You can't just keep throwing the ball up for grabs. I'm a better player than that, and I know that.''

Winston threw TD passes of 3 yards to Adam Humphries and 13 yards to Chris Godwin in the first half, moving the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft ahead of Josh Freeman as Tampa Bay's career touchdown pass leader with 81.

Newton completed 28 of 41 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, an 8-yarder to Christian McCaffrey in the first half and a 10-yarder to Devin Funchess that finished a 92-yard drive and trimmed a 14-point deficit to 24-17 late in the third period.

Tampa Bay couldn't put anything together offensively to put the game away after that, and Carolina's chances of getting closer were thwarted by two fourth-quarter interceptions.

''We gave ourselves a chance at the end of the game, but you've got to make some plays earlier so it doesn't come down to that,'' Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said. ''We did some good things, but obviously we didn't do enough.''

A week after setting a Carolina franchise record with 237 total yards from scrimmage during a 30-27 home loss to Seattle, McCaffrey rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries and had nine receptions for 55 yards.

Godwin, starting in place of the injured DeSean Jackson, finished with five catches for 101 yards.

STREAK STILL ALIVE

Newton has thrown at least two TD passes in 11 straight games, extending his franchise record. In addition to being sacked four times, the Bucs hit him as he delivered the ball on his past two interceptions.

Rivera said the quarterback was ''a little sore'' by the end of the day.

''We'll see what the doctor has to say,'' the coach said. ''For the most part we've been able to get through it, but he got really sore at the end of this game.''

TAKEAWAYS

The Bucs went seven consecutive games without forcing a turnover before creating six takeaways - all interceptions - the past two games.

That's after only having one interception in the first 10 games of the season.

The first two picks Sunday led to a field goal and Winston's TD pass to Godwin.

INJURIES

Panthers: TE Greg Olsen limped off after re-injuring his right foot in the second quarter and did not return. ... G Trai Turner also left in the first half with a neck injury.

It's Olsen's third injury to the same foot. He missed nine games last season with a broken foot, had surgery and returned to play. He re-broke it this year, did not have surgery and came back quickly.

''Today, my foot just kind of had enough, kind of ruptured on me,'' Olsen said. ''I've been able to manage it since I came back (from surgery). But today it popped pretty good on me.''

Buccaneers: Played without three starters, Jackson (thumb), CB Brent Grimes (knee) and T Demar Dotson (knee/hamstring). ... S Justin Evans (toe) left in second quarter and did not return. ... S Isaiah Johnson was evaluated during the second half for a concussion and did not return.

UP NEXT

Panthers: at Cleveland, their fourth road game in five weeks.

Buccaneers: vs. New Orleans, finishing stretch of three consecutive home games.

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Key Players
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
106 RuYds, 55 ReYds, ReTD, 9 RECs
21
FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
249 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 48 RuYds
25
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:24
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 2:24
C.Newton pass short left to D.Funchess for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
92
yds
4:59
pos
16
24
Point After TD 7:23
C.Santos extra point is GOOD Center-G.Sanborn Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
10
24
Touchdown 7:23
M.Liedtke reported in as eligible. P.Barber up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:35
pos
10
23
Field Goal 11:02
G.Gano 37 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
9
plays
56
yds
4:02
pos
10
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:13
C.Santos extra point is GOOD Center-G.Sanborn Holder-B.Anger.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 0:13
J.Winston pass short right to C.Godwin for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
32
yds
00:52
pos
7
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:14
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
7
10
Touchdown 4:14
C.Newton pass short right to C.McCaffrey for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
73
yds
2:27
pos
6
10
Field Goal 6:44
C.Santos 35 yard field goal is GOOD Center-G.Sanborn Holder-B.Anger.
4
plays
3
yds
1:30
pos
0
10
Point After TD 9:46
C.Santos extra point is GOOD Center-G.Sanborn Holder-B.Anger. PENALTY on CAR-D.Jackson Defensive Offside 5 yards enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:46
J.Winston pass short left to A.Humphries for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
75
yds
5:14
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 30:06 29:54
1st Downs 27 18
Rushing 8 5
Passing 17 11
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 3-8 6-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 444 315
Total Plays 65 59
Avg Gain 6.8 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 168 95
Rush Attempts 19 25
Avg Rush Yards 8.8 3.8
Net Yards Passing 276 220
Comp. - Att. 28-42 20-30
Yards Per Pass 6.6 7.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-24 4-29
Penalties - Yards 7-104 9-69
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 4 0
Punts - Avg 2-46.5 6-40.2
Return Yards 41 0
Punts - Returns 3-6 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-35 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 4-0
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 3-5 -60%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 2-3 -67%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Panthers 6-6 7010017
Buccaneers 5-7 1077024
276 PASS YDS 220
168 RUSH YDS 95
444 TOTAL YDS 315
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.3% 300 2 4 66.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.5% 2999 24 11 99.8
C. Newton 28/41 300 2 4 19
T. Heinicke 6 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 13 0 0 47.9
T. Heinicke 0/1 0 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 106 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
163 863 5
C. McCaffrey 10 106 0 53 21
C. Newton 1 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 450 4
C. Newton 6 33 0 15 19
D. Moore 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 150 0
D. Moore 2 21 0 13 6
C. Samuel 10 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 76 2
C. Samuel 1 8 0 8 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Samuel 10 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 6 88 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 284 4
C. Samuel 11 6 88 0 31 8
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 9 55 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 80 663 6
C. McCaffrey 10 9 55 1 15 21
I. Thomas 80 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 133 0
I. Thomas 5 5 46 0 20 4
J. Wright 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 301 1
J. Wright 3 2 44 0 33 4
D. Moore 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 44 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 609 2
D. Moore 8 4 44 0 16 6
G. Olsen 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 291 4
G. Olsen 1 1 13 0 13 1
D. Funchess 17 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 10 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 526 4
D. Funchess 3 1 10 1 10 7
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-9 1 0.0
C. Munnerlyn 7-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-4 4 1.0
D. Jackson 6-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-24 0 0.0
T. Davis 5-3 0.0 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-9 0 1.0
J. Bradberry 4-0 0.0 0 0
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
71-29 1 2.0
L. Kuechly 3-2 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-15 1 1.0
E. Reid 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 1.0
D. Poe 3-0 1.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-23 0 3.0
S. Green-Thompson 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-12 0 3.0
K. Short 2-1 1.0 0 0
W. Horton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 1.0
W. Horton 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Obada 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 2.0
E. Obada 2-0 1.0 0 0
B. Cox 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
B. Cox 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-22 3 0.0
M. Adams 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 4.0
J. Peppers 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Love 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.5
K. Love 1-1 0.5 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-13 0 7.5
M. Addison 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/16 30/33
G. Gano 1/1 37 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 56.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 46.0 20
M. Palardy 2 56.5 0 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 27 0
K. Barner 2 17.5 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 2.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 2.0 6 0
K. Barner 3 2.0 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
25
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 249 2 0 114.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 1941 12 11 90.8
J. Winston 20/30 249 2 0 25
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Winston 3 QB
25
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 197 1
J. Winston 5 48 0 18 25
P. Barber 25 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 45 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
169 635 4
P. Barber 16 45 1 17 8
R. Jones 27 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 44 1
R. Jones 4 2 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Godwin 12 WR
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 101 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 49 676 5
C. Godwin 6 5 101 1 48 16
A. Humphries 10 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 61 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 606 5
A. Humphries 9 7 61 1 13 12
M. Evans 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 66 1121 5
M. Evans 6 4 48 0 20 4
C. Brate 84 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 23 221 4
C. Brate 6 3 36 0 18 3
A. Cross 45 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 9 0
A. Cross 1 1 3 0 3 0
J. Watson 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 5 0
J. Watson 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Barber 25 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 71 1
P. Barber 1 0 0 0 0 8
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. David 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
66-17 0 1.0
L. David 10-2 1.0 0 0
J. Whitehead 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-12 0 0.0
J. Whitehead 5-2 0.0 0 0
J. Elliott 35 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 1 0.0
J. Elliott 4-0 0.0 1 0
I. Johnson 39 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-5 1 0.0
I. Johnson 4-0 0.0 0 0
A. Taylor 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-13 0 1.0
A. Taylor 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harris 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
D. Harris 3-0 0.0 0 0
K. Minter 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
K. Minter 3-0 1.0 0 0
J. Pierre-Paul 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-7 0 11.0
J. Pierre-Paul 3-0 1.0 0 0
R. Smith 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-2 1 0.0
R. Smith 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Evans 21 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-16 1 0.0
J. Evans 2-0 0.0 0 0
G. McCoy 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-8 0 6.0
G. McCoy 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Gholston 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 1.0
W. Gholston 1-0 0.0 0 0
V. Curry 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 2.0
V. Curry 1-0 1.0 0 0
B. Grimes 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-3 0 0.0
B. Grimes 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Adams 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 3 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 3 0.0
A. Adams 1-0 0.0 3 0
V. Vea 50 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 2.0
V. Vea 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Santos 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
8/9 16/17
C. Santos 1/1 35 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Anger 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 44.6 12
B. Anger 6 44.5 2 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Humphries 10 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 6.4 16 0
A. Humphries 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:46 CAR 25 1:35 3 -6 INT
6:41 CAR 27 2:27 4 73 TD
1:43 CAR 20 2:40 5 26 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:50 CAR 20 2:56 3 -2 Punt
4:14 CAR 25 3:09 7 50 INT
0:13 CAR 25 0:13 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 4:02 9 56 FG
7:23 CAR 8 4:59 10 92 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 CAR 13 1:41 4 43 INT
8:44 CAR 20 3:33 7 48 INT
4:07 CAR 21 1:46 7 31 Downs
1:05 CAR 26 1:05 6 23 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TB 25 5:14 11 75 TD
8:11 CAR 20 1:30 4 3 FG
4:14 TB 25 2:31 4 11 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:03 TB 20 4:12 7 79 Fumble
6:55 TB 23 2:41 4 -3 Punt
1:05 CAR 32 0:52 5 32 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:58 TB 25 3:35 6 75 TD
2:24 TB 25 5:00 9 31 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:43 TB 29 1:59 4 18 Punt
5:11 TB 19 1:04 3 5 Punt
2:21 TB 48 1:16 3 -2 Punt