Tom Brady threw three landing passes to Mike Evans and orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched the NFC South by beating the visiting Carolina Panthers 30-24 on Sunday afternoon.
Brady, who additionally scored the clinching landing on a 1-yard sneak, was 34-for-45 for 432 passing yards as Tampa Bay (8-8) secured a house playoff sport. Evans gained 207 yards on 10 receptions, reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the ninth consecutive season.
The Panthers (6-10) held leads of 14-0 and 21-10, however their late-season surge underneath interim coach Steve Wilks hit a fourth-quarter tough patch. If they’d overwhelmed Tampa Bay and gained subsequent week at New Orleans, they’d have made the playoffs.
Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold accomplished 23 of 37 passes for 341 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
Tom Brady passes through the Buccaneers’ win over the Panthers. Getty Photos
With Carolina up 14-10, the Buccaneers drove 90 yards solely to stall regardless of one fourth-down conversion alongside the way in which. Ryan Succop’s 26-yard subject aim try was blocked by Yetur Gross-Matos.
The Panthers snatched momentum by going 91 yards in seven performs. Darnold threw a 19-yard landing move to Shi Smith.
The Buccaneers wanted simply 61 seconds to attain on Brady’s 57-yard landing move to Evans. A two-point conversion play failed, leaving the rating 21-16 with 13:49 remaining.
Tom Brady celebrates with Mike Evans after a second-quarter landing. USA TODAY Sports activities
On its subsequent possession, Tampa Bay went 92 yards in eight performs. Brady threw 30 yards to Evans for the landing, giving the Buccaneers their first lead of the day with 6:47 to play. Brady’s two-point conversion toss to Chris Godwin prolonged the margin.
The Panthers punted on their ensuing possession, however Tampa Bay picked up just one first down earlier than punting it again. Carolina took over at its personal 13 with 2:32 left, however Darnold was sacked and misplaced a fumble on the subsequent play. Two performs later, Brady was ultimately zone.
Carolina added a subject aim on the 59-second mark and had all three timeouts remaining. The Panthers acquired the ball again at its personal 8 with 32 seconds left, however they couldn’t make something occur on a lateral play because the clock hit zeroes.
Tom Brady alerts on the line of scrimmage through the first quarter. Getty Photos
The Panthers scored on the sport’s opening possession when Darnold related with Tommy Tremble for a 17-yard landing play.
It was 14-0 after Darnold hit DJ Moore for a 24-yard landing.
The Buccaneers acquired busy late within the first half, scoring when Brady and Evans connected for a 63-yard landing play with 2:10 to go earlier than halftime. Then Tampa Bay turned a Darnold fumble into extra factors, settling for Succop’s 22-yard subject aim.