Tom Brady, Mike Evans torch Panthers, safe NFC South with dramatic 4th-quarter rally

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If this actually is Tom Brady’s final experience, he’ll end within the postseason.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recovered from a 14-0 gap, 21-10 fourth quarter deficit on Sunday to defeat the Carolina Panthers 30-24 to safe the NFC South 8-8. The win extends the present 14-year successful streak that noticed the crew receiving Brady’s quarterback make the playoffs. He can thank Mike Evans for serving to seal his deal on Sunday.

The Bucks receiver scored three touchdowns in Tampa Bay on Sunday, all on lengthy balls. His third rating was a 36-yard strike off Brady to the best sideline to offer the Bucks their first lead of the sport within the fourth quarter.

The Panthers had no reply for Evans as cornerback Jaycee Horn began the sideline. Within the course of, he launched his profession by extending his personal superb streak of 1,000 yards in his ninth straight season. Brady accomplished his 34 of his 45 passes along with his 432 yards and he had three touchdowns. He added one other late landing on the bottom.

Panther Begins Sturdy, Breaks Down Slowly

The Panthers would have dominated the division and playoff passes with the win. For 3 quarters it appeared to be going effectively. Sam Darnold threw two first-half touchdowns to result in a 14–0 lead as Tampa Bay struggled to maneuver the ball.

Tom Brady is again within the playoffs for the 14th straight season. (Kim Clement/Reuters)

The Bucks finally bought on the board with Evans’ first landing on a 63-yard move from Brady late within the first half. Cornerback Keith Taylor Jr. could not sustain with the four-time Professional Bowler, and Brady struck Evans in a single shot.

The Bucks then had possibilities to regulate the sport with Darnold turnovers on Carolina possessions on the finish of the primary half and the start of the second. However the Bucks managed simply three factors from a miscue and noticed a 15-play 90-yard drive go empty when the Panthers blocked a Ryan Sacop discipline objective.

The Panthers capitalized on the following possession when Darnold threw a 19-yard strike to Sea Smith for his third landing of the day, extending the result in 21–10 early within the fourth quarter. However they could not cease Evans.

The Bucks fought again on the subsequent possession, this time with a 57-yard move, Evans’ second rating of the day. As with the opposite two scores, Evans ran straight down the best flank and previous Carolina’s secondary, this time beating cornerback CJ Henderson.

Carolina had an opportunity to regain the lead late within the fourth quarter after forcing a Bucks punt with 2:39 remaining. Nevertheless, Darnold’s second fumble on Anthony Nelson’s sack arrange his sneak for a Brady landing, extending Tampa Bay’s result in his 30–21. The Bucks averted catastrophe on the subsequent possession when rookie punter Jake Kamalda collected a low snap and scrambled to scrimmage a punt close to his line.

An ineligible receiver penalty dominated out the punt, however Kamalda pinned Carolina deep on the subsequent play. Carolina’s ultimate possession that began with 26 seconds left fell fairly brief, and the Bucks secured the NFC South for the second straight season.

Darnold performed effectively, finishing 23 of 37 passes for 341 yards on 3 touchdowns. However two misplaced fumbles and an interception saved the Bucks shut sufficient to clinch Brady’s nineteenth division title.

This is not a classic Brady season and he might lose his file subsequent week with a loss.

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