It didn't take the Carolina Panthers long to score on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Five of the first six plays turned into first downs, and the sixth was an aborted snap. The formerly stout Bucs defense looked absolutely useless against a Derek Anderson-led Panthers offense. Tampa Bay tightened up in the red zone, however, and after facing first-and-goal from the six-yard line, the Panthers still had to settle for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Bucs immediately struck back, though. A 63-yard run from Doug Martin, the longest of the season for the Bucs set up a Mike Evans touchdown on third-and-two, and the Bucs got a 7-3 lead. An actual, explosive drive!
Unfortunately for the Bucs, Gerald McCoy had to leave the field after seemingly aggravating a knee injury -- the seriousness of that injury is unknown. And the Panthers managed another field goal to cut the Bucs' lead to 7-6 just before the quarter ended, so this looks like a very close affair.