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This loss was driven by the defense making critical mistakes, such as two pass interference penalties on Tampa Bay's game-winning touchdown drive.

Division rivalries rarely are as lopsided as the one between the Panthers and the Buccaneers.

If the Carolina Panthers are going to pull out of a frustrating tailspin, they'll have to do it without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.

Newton completed 28 of 41 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, an 8-yarder to Christian McCaffrey in the first half and a 10-yarder to Devin Funchess that finished a 92-yard drive and trimmed a 14-point deficit to 24-17 late in the third period. "It kind of just ruptured on me".

"Next guy up mentality, we harp on that and everybody in the room you know can play", noted an elated Adams.

"I was a middle of the field runner and I saw Cam set up and throw so I turned and made a break on the ball", he said, "Lavonte David made a good break on the ball and tipped it, so gotta have cat-like reactions and should have scored".

Winston breaks out: Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston played potentially his best game of the season. "My thing is when you draft a person, is he comfortable with the game on the line?"

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With the Buccaneers in such vulnerable shape, this is a game Carolina should've won to give itself a momentum swing. Without them, I wouldn't have had one interception, so a shout out to the D-Line. That's really want I'm here for.

Rivera, a two-time National Football League coach of the year with a 70-53-1 record as the Panthers head coach, has seen his team go from contending for the NFC South after a 6-2 start to being on the outside looking in at the playoff picture after losing four in a row — including a 52-21 beatdown at Pittsburgh in a nationally televised game November 6.

"If the read wasn't there, I tried to make a play", Winston explained.

Cornerback Javien Elliott also recorded hit first professional interception.

Then, he re-broke it this year, did not have surgery and came back quickly. "What I'm going to deal with is the facts".

Wide receivers Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries picked up the slack with a combined 12 catches for 162 yards and the two touchdowns thrown by Winston. "Ultimately, I'm charged with putting the team in the best position to succeed, and I felt these moves were necessary in order to do that". "Just to help him as we go forward".

"But there's a difference between playing hard and smart, disciplined football".

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