1:00 PM ET, December 6, 2009
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Beason has two INTs as Freeman struggles against Carolina's defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Josh Freeman kept guiding Tampa Bay inside the 20-yard line and Carolina kept taking the ball away, no matter how improbable it all seemed.Five turnovers later, the Buccaneers' rookie quarterback was stunned and their miserable season took another ugly twist.Jonathan Stewart rushed for 120 yards and the game's only touchdown, and the Panthers picked off Freeman five times on Sunday -- three times in or near the end zone -- in a 16-6 victory over the Buccaneers.
• Carolina beat Tampa Bay for the 11th time in their last 14 meetings.
• Jonathan Stewart rushed for 120 yards and a score, his second 100-yard rushing game this season. Carolina has now won 10 straight games in which Stewart has scored a rushing TD.
• Josh Freeman passed for a career-high 321 yards, but was intercepted five times. That's the most INTs by a Tampa Bay QB since Vinny Testaverde threw five on Nov. 4, 1990, vs. the Bears.
• The Bucs have lost 4 straight and 15 of their last 16 games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Bucs were without top CB Aqib Talib (hamstring). ... Bucs RT Jeremy Trueblood leveled Gamble well after the play to stall a first-half drive. "It's just unacceptable," Morris said. ... Bucs KR Clifton Smith sustained his second concussion against Carolina this season on the opening kickoff and didn't return. ... Panthers DE Tyler Brayton (head) and LB Na'il Diggs (ribs) were banged up.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.5||5.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-4||1-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||9:55||Jonathan Stewart 3 Yard Run (John Kasay Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 5:11
|FG||4:18||John Kasay 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 8 plays, 65 yds, 3:49
|FG||13:32||Connor Barth 21 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 5 plays, 49 yds, 2:28
|FG||10:05||Connor Barth 46 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 16 yds, 2:34
|FG||6:17||John Kasay 40 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 6:16
|FG||7:20||John Kasay 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yds, 2:52