The Panthers are clinging to a 10-6 lead at halftime, having slowed down considerably on offense after scoring a touchdown on their first drive.
Tampa Bay had a chance to cut it to 10-9 midway through the second quarter. But kicker Connor Barth, the former Tar Heel, missed his third FG attempt of the game, banging the ball off the left upright. Barth made his first two tries.
Carolina's defense has allowed some yardage to QB Josh Freeman (171 yards in the first half and one interception), whose arm is very impressive. But the Panthers have bowed up near the goal line and managed to hold Tampa out of the end zone.
Antonio Bryant is killing the Panthers -- he has four catches for 90 yards in the first half alone, much of those against Richard Marshall.
Carolina QB Matt Moore is 8-for-14 for 61 yards, zero TDs and one interception. Jonathan Stewart has run 13 times for 82 yards.
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