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Bucs come back for ridiculous overtime win

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The Carolina Panthers again won most of a game, but lost it when it counted the most.

After punting the ball away to allow a game-tying touchdown drive (and two-point conversion) with 50 seconds left, the Panthers didn’t even touch the ball in overtime, as the Buccaneers came back for a 27-21 win.

All that happened after Ron Rivera again turned his back on a fourth-and-1 opportunity to end the game. And just as at Atlanta earlier this year, the opponent made him look foolish for playing it safe.

It’s the 18th time the Panthers have carried a lead or tie into the fourth quarter under Rivera, and he’s 8-10 in those games.

While the Panthers collapse was stunning, the poise showed by Josh Freeman and the Buccaneers was impressive. He overcame a pair of interceptions to close, and help the Bucs win their fourth straight game to move to 6-4. Freeman was a clean 3-of-3 for 32 yards and the game-winning touchdown to Dallas Clark in overtime.

And it all could have been avoided if Rivera had played it more aggressively.

At the rate the 2-8 Panthers have been firing people after home losses (general manager Marty Hurney, special teams coach Brian Murphy), it’s hard to know if Rivera will ever get a chance to change his mind.

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18 Responses to “Bucs come back for ridiculous overtime win”
  1. nfloracle says: Nov 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    What stinker of a loss that was. That’s it for me. No more watching the Panthers this season, no more going to games, no more reading about them.

    Clean house… starting at the top with the Big Cat who can now live in the litter box he put together after dumping John Fox.

  2. bucrightoff says: Nov 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    Ridiculous is an understatement. I’ve never felt less deserving of a win, but a win is a win and now we can dare to dream of the playoffs.

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    We really need to start finding ways to win these close games. Our record would look completely different if we could just finish.

  4. fuglyflorio says: Nov 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    Tampa is feasting on one of the easiest schedules of 2012.

  5. Foresight2012 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    This Panthers team is the most anti-clutch team in NFL history. They find new and creative ways to lose every week. On this episode they gave up an 11 point lead with 4 minutes left, and went on to lose in overtime without Cam even touching the ball.

  6. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 18, 2012 5:03 PM

    I don’t believe what I just saw!!!! Down 11 with 4 minutes left, march 80 yards with no timeouts down the field with a little over a minute left and get the two point conversion! Then, go down another 80 yards and get a game winning td. Priceless. P.S. Vincent Jackson was worth every penny.

  7. tdk24 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:17 PM

    I swear, the NFL is going to make tackling a penalty next year. I saw 3 bad calls against DB’s towards the end of games today to extend drives. This is getting ridiculous.

  8. shogunassasin30 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:21 PM

    Never felt less deserving of a win? Cmon dude give your team more cred then that. They drove the length of the field. Twice. Not like they won because of special teams turnovers or something. Looks like they should have had a touchdown ruled for Martin as well. Had more total yards, more big plays. Scoreboard. Victory earned. Not all of em can be pretty.

  9. keeppounding says: Nov 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    Davis hit was legal but got the flag and timeout anyway. dont get me wrong we suck. but a free timeout and free 15 yards with a minute left is a big deal.

  10. wjmoffatt says: Nov 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    How can people be so ignorant, Bucs easiest schedule?
    Do realize Falcons haven’t beat a team with a winning record, Broncos haven’t beat a team with a winning record, Patriots, etc….I mean come on they’ve played the Giants, Boys, Vikings, Chargers; that’s not a legit schedule but come on who has a top tier schedule?

  11. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 18, 2012 5:43 PM

    lol at these kitty fans complaining. your team chokes every week, even though Cam played great today. Ron Rivera is now the Raheem Morris of the NFL.

  12. hayesair says: Nov 18, 2012 6:07 PM

    Great Buc win. Maybe a bad penalty call on the Underwood hit, but Panthers got a gift on the Martin non-score

  13. petedutcher says: Nov 18, 2012 7:18 PM

    “keeppounding says: Nov 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    Davis hit was legal but got the flag and timeout anyway. dont get me wrong we suck. but a free timeout and free 15 yards with a minute left is a big deal.”
    . . . . . . .

    Clearly you missed the intentional elbow to the face during that hit after the initial contact.

    And in reality…the Bucs should have had 7 more points at the end of the game. Refs robbed us worse. Had they made the right call (frankly I don’t see how they got it wrong) that game would have ended without OT.

    As to the Bucs schedule…they are beating teams no one predicted they would beat, teams that are better than the teams the Falcons have played, yet who says the Falcons do not deserve their record???

    When the Bucs play next week, the Falcons will finally face a winning team…and lose.

  14. ckualii says: Nov 18, 2012 7:26 PM

    Shoulder and forearm to the head of a defenseless receiver. Clearly a penalty based on the rules.

  15. djp141 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:45 PM

    I don’t believe what I just saw!!!!
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    This happens every other week with the Panthers.

  16. irishbuc says: Nov 18, 2012 7:55 PM

    Martin was halfway across the goal line when the first Panther hit him, was definitely TD!

  17. bucforever says: Nov 18, 2012 8:13 PM

    A win is a win! Atlanta at home next Sunday . Show down time!! GO BUCS

  18. ldavid69 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:27 AM

    You know what, the Bucs should have won in regulation. Doug Martin clearly did not fumble that ball until he was in the endzone. That said, the good guys showed a lot of character to wipe the dust and go on to perform a terrific comeback. I never knew Cam Newton was one of those show off guys whenever he makes a play. Glad our guy is not. Ha ha Cam, you look like an idiot now that you lost. Just act like you have been there. That is how the great ones behave.

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