Tampa Bay claimed their first win of the new NFL season, holding off Carolina’s final drive to claim an edgy 20-14 victory that leaves the Panthers winless.
With time running out between the NFC South rivals and the Panthers trailing by six in their home season opener, Cam Newton led Carolina down the field in a final two-minute drill.
They looked to be heading for a first win of the season, or at least overtime, as they reached the red zone, but the Buccaneers came up with a late goal-line stand to ensure Newton, despite 324 passing yards, was held without a touchdown for the second successive week.
Lightning in the area meant the game was delayed for 25 minutes in the first quarter, but the Bucs held on to give new head coach Bruce Arians his first victory since taking charge in the off-season
For Newton it was another night of frustration, culminating in the final drive which fell short despite numerous breaks. On a fourth-down play from the two, the Bucs stopped Christian McCaffrey after he took a snap out of the wildcat formation to take over on downs.