GamePage: Panthers Win Second Straight, Sweep Bucs

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The Panthers may finally be willing to go no-huddle more consistently. They went up-tempo on six drives against the Bucs, a week after they went no-huddle on eight drives in New Orleans.

Of the 60 points Carolina has scored over its last two games, 37 have come on drives when the offense has been in the no-huddle.

Quarterback Cam Newton often plays crisper when he’s asked to move quickly, and even though it was his first time going fast-paced with the Panthers, fill-in Derek Anderson was effective as well.



It was Derek Anderson’s job Sunday to keep the Panthers’ playoff hopes alive. He did just that.

Filling in for Cam Newton against the Bucs for the second time this year, Anderson avoided big mistakes and did enough to lead Carolina to its first win streak since the opening two weeks of the season.

“It wasn’t perfect by any means. I know I missed some things, but I’m happy about the win,” Anderson said.



The Panthers:

  • Have won two straight games for the first time since the first two weeks of the season.
  • Ended all 11 of their drives in Bucs’ territory.
  • Have scored one or fewer touchdowns five times in 14 games.


“It feels good to play meaningful football in December, and we’re doing that right now. I know everyone’s trying to make a mockery of our records in the division, but at the end of the day, we have an opportunity to make the playoffs.” — Panthers receiver Jerricho Cotchery







CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Greg Olsen has a date with his television set Monday night.

Carolina’s veteran tight end plans to stay up a little later and watch the New Orleans-Chicago game — one that suddenly has major playoff implications for the upstart Panthers.

Despite a 5-8-1 record after a 19-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Panthers are in first place in the NFC South and positioned themselves to become only the second team in NFL history to reach the postseason with a losing record in a non-strike-shortened season if the Saints lose.



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