National Football League
Tampa Bay 41, Carolina 17
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, January 9, 2022
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Temperature: 82°
Head Official: Tony Corrente
Attendance: 65473

Tom Brady threw three touchdowns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished strong in the regular season by defeating the visiting Carolina Panthers 41-17 on Sunday.

The reigning Super Bowl champions hold a 13-4 record entering the playoffs, where they will be the No. 2 seed in the NFC. They'll face the seventh-seeded Philadelphia Eagles next weekend.

Tampa Bay scored 24 fourth-quarter points to put away the Panthers.

Brady threw for 326 yards on 29-for-37 passing, with two of the TD passes going to Mike Evans.

Rob Gronkowski made seven catches for 137 yards and Evans finished with 89 yards on six receptions.

The Panthers (5-12) lost seven consecutive games to end their second season under coach Matt Rhule. Two of the last three defeats came to the Buccaneers, who won 32-6 in Charlotte, N.C. It's the worst record in NFL history for a team that began the season with a 3-0 record.

Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold threw two touchdowns and an interception. He was 29-for-42 for 219 yards to finish his first season with the team.

Tampa Bay led only 17-10 entering the fourth quarter. On the first play of the quarter, Brady connected with Evans for a 3-yard touchdown.

The Panthers responded when Darnold threw 19 yards to Robby Anderson for a score.

Three minutes later, Brady hooked up with Evans for a 20-yard touchdown. Ryan Succop's second field goal of the day and Scotty Miller's 33-yard touchdown run added to Tampa Bay's late-game scoring.

The Panthers scored first on Chuba Hubbard's 2-yard reception from Darnold in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers didn't lead until Le'Veon Bell took a 1-yard toss from Brady with 15 seconds left in the first half for what became a 10-7 edge. That concluded a 92-yard, eight-play drive.

Tampa Bay padded the lead on the opening possession of the second half by marching 77 yards in seven plays with Ke'Shawn Vaughn running in from 2 yards out.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Tampa Bay
Chuba Hubbard Player Scotty Miller
9 Attempts 2
48 Yards 43
5.3 Avg Yards 21.5
0 Touchdowns 1
19 Long 33
Carolina   Tampa Bay
DJ Moore Player Rob Gronkowski
7 Receptions 7
87 Yards 137
12.4 Avg Yards 19.6
0 Touchdowns 0
20 Long 42
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Carolina 317 110 207 2 1 0 1.0 0
Tampa Bay 409 85 324 5 2 1 2.0 1
Upcoming Games
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Buccaneers have a W/L % of .769 after a win and .750 after a loss.