- MADDEN MATCHUP: PANTHERS VS. BUCCANEERS
Who's going to win?
Each week inside the NFL, fans and media members alike share their opinions and make their game picks.
This year, Panthers.com is showing you what Madden 17 has to say. This week, the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Evening Football. The Panthers took the lead early in the fourth quarter, however the Buccaneers closed robust to come away using a 26-17 victory.
With quarterback Cam Newton and running back Jonathan Stewart out with injuries, their replacements put Carolina in position to possibly pull out the victory. Running back Cameron Artis-Payne (19 carries, 55 yards) gave the Panthers a 10-3 lead having a 2-yard touchdown run within the second quarter, then quarterback Derek Anderson connected with wide receiver Devin Funchess early within the fourth quarter for an 11-yard score that place Carolina back ahead at 17-13.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, controlled things from there. Whilst Anderson tossed two interceptions, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston avoided turnovers, and his 23-yard strike to tight finish Cameron Brate gave Tampa the lead for fantastic. Rookie Roberto Aguayo added his third and fourth field goals down the stretch to seal the deal.
Player from the Game: Winston avoided the errors that he haunted him all season and tossed two touchdown passes, finishing 18-of-27 passes for 204 yards.