The Carolina Panthers routed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 to 16 in a record setting day for quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers offense was rolling as Cam Newton passed Peyton Manning to set the rookie passing yards record and also threw a team record 91 yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell.
In one of the most amazing plays of the season Cam Newton also broke a 49 yard touchdown run where he used Panther like speed to outrun the Bucs defensive backs. Cam Newton now has 3,893 passing yards which is a new NFL record for a rookie quarterback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just could not get their running game going which would have kept Cam Newton off the field. The Bucs rushed for only 59 yards against the Carolina Panthers who rushed for 270 yards. Josh Freeman had a decent game completing 28 of 38 for 274 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But Freeman wasn’t enough to overcome the offensive Christmas Eve explosion of the Carolina Panthers.
Cam Newton completed 11 of only 17 passes as the Panthers called off the dogs and tried to not run the score up on the Buccaneers. Newton had 171 yards passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cam Newton added 65 yards rushing and the touchdown.
“Double Trouble” DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 14 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns by Williams. The Panthers even got 23 yards rushing by Steve Smith who only caught one pass for nice yards against the Buccaneers.
Brandon LaFell had the 91 yard touchdown pass and ended up with three receptions for 103 yards. Jeremy Shockey and Jonathan Stewart each had a touchdown reception from Cam Newton.
Jordan Senn had another good game for the Carolina Panthers when they played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Senn had eight tackles with two assists. James Anderson had seven tackles and a fumble recovery against the Buccaneers. Anderson has been the best and most consistent defensive player for the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Jonathan Nelson the rookie defensive back out of Oklahoma had a nice game with 5 tackles, two assists and an interception against the Bucs.
The domination of the Buccaneers by the Carolina Panthers shows the NFL that the Panthers are a team to watch out for in 2012. In the final game of the season the Panthers will be headed to New Orleans next week. Please check back here for my preview of that game, soon.