The 2015 Buccaneer season ended with a hammering at the hands of the 15-1 and playoff bound Carolina Panthers. The Bucs committed three turnovers and also saw star WR Mike Evans ejected in the fourth quarter as they also lost their composure late on as the game got out of control. Jameis Winston went over 300 yards for the second time in three weeks and in the process became only the third rookie QB in NFL history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in a season. But his two interceptions led to 14 Carolina points and only a pair of Lavonte David fumble recoveries prevented the score becoming even more out of control. The Bucs fell to 6-10 on the season ending the year with a four-game losing streak having reached .500 after 12 games.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 Carolina Panthers 38Sunday 3 January 2016 at Bank of America Stadium
SCORINGTB1:28-1QBarth FG39CAR12:35-2QNewton 1 run (Gano kick)CAR9:29-2QGano FG49CAR4:17-2QArtis-Payne 11 run (Gano kick)CAR1:52-2QCotchery 31 pass from Newton (Gano kick)CAR9:18-3QNewton 1 run (Gano kick)TB4:45-3QWinston 4 run (Barth kick)CAR7:22-4QFunchess 16 pass from Newton (Gano kick)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Martin 15-48, Sims 4-15, Winston 3-14.PANTHERS: Tolbert 10-59, Artis-Payne 14-44, Newton 6-10, Anderson 2-(-2).PASSINGBUCS: Winston 47-29-325-2-0.PANTHERS: Newton 26-21-293-0-2.RECEIVINGBUCS: Sims 9-74, Martin 7-60, Evans 4-99, Dye 4-31, Seferian-Jenkins 3-48, Brate 1-10, Stocker 1-3.PANTHERS: Funchess 7-120, Brown 3-58, Cotchery 2-52, Bersin 2-25, Artis-Payne 2-17, Olsen 2-16, Dickson 2-0, Tolbert 1-5.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: none. PANTHERS: McClain 1-24, Davis 1-22.KICK RETURNSBUCS: none. PANTHERS: Webb 2-51.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Rainey 1-0.PANTHERS: McClain 2-5.SACKSBUCS: Carter 1-12, David 1-10, Tandy 1-10, McDaniel 1-6.PANTHERS: Addison 1-8, Love 1-8.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to view the clipsLavonte David recorded a sack of Cam Newton on the first drive of the gameFollowed on the next play by another one by Keith TandyThe only Buccaneer touchdown came on a roll-out play by Jameis Winston