Bucs-Panthers summary

Here is the scoring summary, statistical breakdown and gradebook from Tampa Bay's 20-7 victory over Carolina on Sunday:

Buccaneers 20, Panthers 7

Game summary

First quarter

TB: Jeff Garcia 3 run (Matt Bryant kick), 8:43

Drive: 11 plays, 71 yards, 6:17.

Key play: Garcia hit Ike Hilliard on a crossing route, and Hilliard stretched for a 9-yard gain to give the Bucs a first down at the Panthers 15.

Tampa Bay 7, Carolina 0

Second quarter

TB: Earnest Graham 1 run (Bryant kick), :48

Drive: 5 plays, 48 yards, 2:25.

Key play: Carnell Williams left the game with what appeared to be a devastating knee injury on the first play of the drive.

Tampa Bay 14, Carolina 0

TB: Matt Bryant 25 field goal, 6:41

Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 2:30.

Key play: Jeff Garcia connected with Ike Hilliard for a 56-yard gain to put the Bucs in the red zone.

Tampa Bay 17, Carolina 0

Fourth quarter

TB: Bryant 38 field goal, 10:21.

Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:30.

Key play: Bucs S Jermaine Phillips intercepted Carolina QB David Carr in Panthers territory.

Tampa Bay 20, Carolina 0

CAR: DeAngelo Williams 24 pass from David Carr (John Kasay kick), :23

Drive: 12 plays, 60 yards, 2:32.

Key play: The drive nearly derailed after Panthers T Jordan Gross drew a holding penalty on an apparent touchdown pass from Carr to Drew Carter.

Tampa Bay 20, Carolina 7

Statistics

Rushing

Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD

Michael Pittman—15—90—6.0—0

Earnest Graham—17—48—2.8—1

Carnell Williams—6—41—x—0

Jeff Garcia—4—10—2.5—1

Totals—42—189—4.5—2

Carolina

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

DeShaun Foster—15—64—4.3—0

David Carr—5—28—5.6—0

DeAngelo Williams—2—5—2.5—0

Brad Hoover—1—2—2.0—0

Totals—23—99—4.3—0

Passing

Tampa Bay

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

Jeff Garcia—25—15—176—0—0

Totals—25—15—176—0—0

Carolina

Player — Att. — Co. — Yds. — TD — INT

David Carr—41—19—155—1—1

Totals—41—19—155—1—1

Receiving

Tampa Bay

Player — No. — Yds. — TD — Lg.

Ike Hilliard—7—114—16.3—0

Alex Smith—4—17—4.3—0

B.J. Askew—1—17—17.0—0

Michael Clayton—1—13—13.0—0

Earnest Graham—1—8—8.0—0

Joey Galloway—1—7—7.0—0

Totals—15—176—11.7—0

Carolina

Player — No. — Yds. — Avg. — TD — Lg.

Steve Smith—5—32—6.4—0

DeAngelo Williams—3—37—12.3—1

DeShaun Foster—3—17—5.7—0

Brad Hoover—2—17—8.5—0

Drew Carter—2—16—8.0—0

Keary Colbert—2—16—8.0—0

Jeff King—1—14—14.0—0

Dwayne Jarrett—1—6—6.0—0

Totals—19—155—8.2—1

Bucs Gradebook

Quarterback: B. The grade is below an A only because Garcia didn't throw a TD. But he managed the offense well and stayed out of trouble when necessary.

Running backs: B. Michael Pittman and Earnest Graham kept things going after Carnell Williams' injury. They'll probably have to for an extended period of time.

Wide receivers: B+ The Panthers shut down Joey Galloway. Too bad they couldn't hold down Ike Hilliard, who caught seven passes for 114 yards. No scores, though.

Offensive line: B+. They kept Garcia protected — for the most part. But their run blocking was exceptionally good and controlled this game.

Defensive line: A-. The pressure still wasn't great. But they're created enough to keep David Carr on his heels, plus maintained enough penetration to keep DeShaun Foster from big gains.

Linebackers: A. Cato June nearly picked off a pass. The Panthers were never able to exploit the deep middle, thanks to MLB Barrett Ruud.

Secondary: A+. Yes, without Brian Kelly, this group stymied Steve Smith and company the whole game. No plays downfield, no big gains. Jermaine Phillips played exceptional.

Special teams: A. Matt Bryant made two field goals. Josh Bidwell pinned the Panthers back twice inside their 10. Mark Jones gave the Bucs good field position all game.

Overall grade: A-. The Bucs defense really pounded away at a reeling Carolina club. Jake Delhomme would have made a difference today, but they really exposed David Carr as an underwhelming talent. The Bucs offense was serviceable and managed to ride out the injuries to Carnell Williams and Luke Petitgout with exceptional run blocking.


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