Sunday, December 6, 2009

Panthers up 10-3 early in second

Tampa Bay is on the board, getting a 21-yard field goal after a Panthers' goal-line stand to slice Carolina's lead to 10-3.

The Bucs' march was largely the result of a frozen rope thrown by Josh Freeman to Antonio Bryant, who tapped both toes in-bounds on a 40-yard sideline completion. The play was originally ruled out of bounds, but Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris challenged the call successfully.

Tampa Bay then ran the ball three times, but Julius Peppers stopped the third-down plunge a yard short. On fourth-and-1 from the 3, Morris decided not to gamble, took the sure "3" and now Carolina is up 10-3 early in the second quarter.

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