Panthers - Bucs 24-12 after first half - Bucs hanging on after disastrous start - Second Half Game Thread

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 04: Defenders Mason Foster #59 and Elbert Mack #33 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle running back DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not gotten off to a fast start, but are somehow hanging on agains the Carolina Panthers. Despite giving up 99 yards on the ground for a 5.8 yard average and getting sliced up during the first two drives, the Bucs are still within reach of the game.

Newton has destroyed the Bucs' defense, but after the run killed the Bucs in the first two drives they've done a decent job stopping Jonathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams. Meanwhile the Bucs can't run the ball on this horrible run defense (Legarrette Blount has 9 yards on 8 carries), but Josh Johnson's scrambling and two big passes to Benn and Williams have gotten the Bucs 12 points off four Connor Barth field goals. It's a shootout, but the Bucs are not keeping up.

One positive: Da'Quan Bowers is having a little coming-out party today with 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and a pass defense in coverage.

Continue discussing the game here.

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