Who's going to win?
Each week in the NFL, fans and media members alike share their opinions and make their game picks.
This year, Panthers.com is showing you what Madden 18 has to say. This week, the Panthers play their first NFC South road game of the season at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A back-and-forth battle went to overtime, where the Panthers pulled out a 31-28 victory.
Neither offense settled for field goals in regulation. After a scoreless first quarter, the Buccaneers struck twice before halftime, both on short touchdown passes from Jameis Winston to Adam Humphries. In between, running back Jonathan Stewart took it in on a 1-yard dive to keep the Panthers close at 14-7.
The Panthers pounced in the third quarter, taking their first lead with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey – who gained 84 yards from scrimmage on the day – and a 1-yard score to tight end Chris Manhertz. In addition to two touchdown passes, quarterback Cam Newton threw for 312 yards, hitting Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess a total of 15 times for 127 yards.
The fourth quarter was filled with offense and drama. Tampa tied it with a 2-yard touchdown run by Doug Martin; the Panthers retook the lead with a 1-yard run by Stewart; and the Buccaneers forced overtime with a 29-yard touchdown toss to running back Charles Sims.
In overtime, the Panthers defense got a stop and set up Graham Gano to win a thriller with a 36-yard field goal.
View images of the Panthers from Madden 18 gameplay.