Thomas Davis started the third quarter off nicely for Carolina, leaping high to intercept a pass and returning it 24 yards to Tampa Bay's 12. Bucs QB Josh Johnson really locked onto his receiver on the pass, but Davis also made a great catch (the kind that the Panther DBs have generally dropped this season).
Carolina then scored the hard way -- running the ball 4 straight times, including a fourth-and-1 play to DeAngelo Williams that gained 2 yards. Then Jake Delhomme threw on the fifth play off play-action to TE Jeff King for a 1-yard TD. (King made a nice play to grab a ball that was slightly behind him).
Delhomme now has four TD passes on the season -- all to tight ends. Carolina leads, 14-7, early in the third quarter.
Also, Clifton Smith -- the player Dante Wesley blatantly hit too early on a punt return just before halftime -- has a concussion and won't return for the second half.
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