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Notes and stats from the Buccaneers 9-0 win over the Panthers

Lots of end-of-year milestones.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

- The Buccaneers won their third consecutive division title and clinched their fourth consecutive playoff berth with a 9-0 win over the Carolina Panthers – the team’s first shutout win since 11/21/2010 at San Francisco.

- The Buccaneers are the only NFC team to have clinched a playoff spot in each of the past four seasons (2020-23) and 1-of-3 teams overall to do so alongside the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

- Todd Bowles is the first coach in team history to lead the Buccaneers to consecutive playoff appearances, and consecutive division titles, in his first two seasons as head coach.

- Tampa Bay’s six NFC South titles surpassed the Panthers (five) for the second-most since the division was created in 2002.

- S Antoine Winfield Jr. forced his sixth fumble of the season – knocking it out of the hands of Panthers WR D.J. Chark right before the goal line, which resulted in a Buccaneers recovery – tying Miami’s Bradley Chubb for the most in the NFL this season. Winfield Jr. also leads the league in fumble recoveries (four).

- As it currently stands, Winfield Jr. would join Haason Reddick (2022) as the only players since fumble data became available in 1993 to hold at least a share of the league lead in both forced fumbles and opponent fumble recoveries in the same season.

- Winfield Jr. finished his NFL Defensive Player of the Year bid with 122 tackles (six for loss), 12 passes defensed, eight quarterback hits, 6.0 sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

- Winfield Jr. is the first defensive back since 2000 with 6.0+ sacks and six-or-more forced fumbles in a season. He is also the fourth defensive back since 1982 with six-or-more games with a sack in a season, joining Jamal Adams (eight games in 2020), Dave Duerson (six in 1986) and Roman Harper (six in 2011).

- Rookie OLB Yaya Diaby added to his NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year résumé, bringing his season sack total to 7.5 – the second-most sacks by a rookie in the NFL this season. With his 7.5 sacks, he tied Adrian Clayborn (7.5 in 2011) for the second-most sacks by a rookie in franchise history.

- Through Sunday’s 1 p.m. games, Diaby also ranks first among rookies in tackles for loss this season (12).

ROOKIE TACKLE FOR LOSS LEADERS – 2023 SEASON

Through Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET Games

Rank Player (Team) TFL

1. Yaya Diaby (TB) 12

2t. Calijah Kancey (TB) 10

2t. Will Anderson Jr. (HOU) 10

4. Four Players Tied 8

- As a team, Tampa Bay finished the year with 48.0 sacks – tied with the 2020 Buccaneers for the second-most sacks in a single season in franchise history.

MOST SINGLE-SEASON TEAM SACKS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Season Sacks

1. 2000 Buccaneers 55.0

2t. 2020 Buccaneers 48.0

2t. 2023 Buccaneers 48.0

4t. 2021 Buccaneers 47.0

4t. 2019 Buccaneers 47.0

- Battling a ribs injury, Baker Mayfield gutted it out in Week 18, completing 20-of-32 passes for 137 yards, with no turnovers, finishing the year with 4,044 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes. He joined Tom Brady (2022) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to record a season with 4,000+ passing yards, 25+ passing touchdowns and 10-or-fewer interceptions.

SINGLE-SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Pass TD

1. Tom Brady (2021) 43

2. Tom Brady (2020) 40

3. Jameis Winston (2019) 33

4t. Baker Mayfield (2023) 28

4t. Jameis Winston (2016) 28

SINGLE-SEASON PASSING YARDS LEADERS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Pass Yards

1. Tom Brady (2021) 5,316

2. Jameis Winston (2019) 5,109

3. Tom Brady (2022) 4,694

4. Tom Brady (2020) 4,633

5. Jameis Winston (2016) 4,090

6. Josh Freeman (2012) 4,065

7. Baker Mayfield (2023) 4,044

8. Jameis Winston (2015) 4,042

9. Brad Johnson (2003) 3,811

10. Josh Freeman (2011) 3,592

- Chris Godwin hauled in six receptions for 51 yards, finishing with 1,024 yards on the season and surpassing the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the fourth time in his career, and for the third consecutive season. He surpassed Joey Galloway and Vincent Jackson (three each) for the second-most 1,000-yard receiving seasons in franchise history, trailing only teammate Mike Evans (10).

MOST 1,000-YARD RECEIVING SEASONS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player Seasons

1. Mike Evans 10

2. Chris Godwin 4

3t. Joey Galloway 3

3t. Vincent Jackson 3

5t. Kevin House 2

5t. Keyshawn Johnson 2

- There have been 5 seasons in Tampa Bay’s team history in which multiple Buccaneers have gone over 1,000 yards receiving in the same year. Evans and Godwin have accounted for the past four such occasions (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023).

- Godwin also finished the year with 83 receptions, marking his fourth 80-catch season. He now has two more 80-catch seasons than any other player in franchise history.

MOST 80+-RECEPTION SEASONS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player Seasons

1. Chris Godwin 4

2. Mike Evans 2

3. Many Players Tied 1

- Evans did not have a touchdown in the Week 18 win, but still remains the NFL’s leader in touchdown receptions through Sunday’s 1 p.m. games.

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – 2023 SEASON

Through Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET Games

Rank Player (Team) Rec. TD

1. Mike Evans (TB) 13

2. Tyreek Hill (MIA) 12

3. Five Players Tied 10

- Evans finished the season tied for the second-most touchdown receptions in a single season in franchise history, trailing only his team record 14 in the 2021 season.

SINGLE-SEASON TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION LEADERS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Rec. TD

1. Mike Evans (2021) 14

2t. Mike Evans (2023) 13

2t. Mike Evans (2020) 13

4t. Mike Evans (2014) 12

4t. Mike Evans (2016) 12

- His 13 touchdown receptions are tied for the second-most touchdowns from scrimmage in a single season in team history, as well.

SINGLE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE TOUCHDOWN LEADERS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Scrim. TD

1. Mike Evans (2021) 14

2t. Mike Evans (2023) 13

2t. Mike Evans (2020) 13

2t. James Wilder (1984) 13

5t. Mike Evans (2014) 12

5t. Mike Evans (2016) 12

5t. Doug Martin (2012) 12

- Rachaad White added 93 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, finishing the regular season with 1,539 yards from scrimmage (990 rushing, 549 receiving), becoming the first Buccaneers running back since Doug Martin in 2015, and the first Buccaneers player since Mike Evans in 2018, with 1,500+ scrimmage yards in a single season.

SINGLE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS LEADERS – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) Scrim. Yds

1. James Wilder (1984) 2,229

2. Doug Martin (2012) 1,926

3. Doug Martin (2015) 1,673

4. James Wilder (1985) 1,641

5. Warrick Dunn (2000) 1,555

6. Rachaad White (2023) 1,539

7. Mike Evans (2018) 1,524

8. Ricky Bell (1979) 1,511

9. Warrick Dunn (1997) 1,440

10. Mark Carrier (1989) 1,422

- Through Sunday’s 1 p.m. games, White ranks third among running backs and tied for sixth among all players in yards from scrimmage. Among running backs, he also ranks fourth in receptions (64) and third in receiving yards (549).

- Chase McLaughlin went 3-of-3 on field goal attempts on Sunday, including hitting a career-high-matching 57-yarder, finishing the season with a 93.5 field goal percentage on the season, marking a new single-season franchise record.

- Among all players with 15+ field goals attempted this season, McLaughlin ranks tied for fifth in field goal percentage through Sunday’s 1p.m. games.

HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) FG%

1. Chase McLaughlin (2023) 93.3%

2. Connor Barth (2011) 92.9%

3. Ryan Succop (2020) 90.3%

4. Steve Christie (1990) 85.2%

5t. Connor Barth (2012) 84.8%

5t. Matt Bryant (2007) 84.8%

- McLaughlin 29-of-31 in the regular season on field goal attempts and converted all 33 extra point opportunities on the season. His seven field goals made of 50+ yards also set a new franchise record.

MOST 50+-YARD FIELD GOALS MADE IN A SINGLE SEASON – FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rank Player (Season) 50+ FGM

1. Chase McLaughlin (2023) 7

2. Connor Barth (2012) 6

3t. Matt Gay (2019) 5

3t. Patrick Murray (2014) 5

3t. Martin Gramatica (2002) 5

3t. Martin Gramatica (2000) 5