Madden Matchup: Panthers vs. Buccaneers

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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 welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Bank of America Stadium for the home finale. Carolina led the whole way but didn’t put Tampa away until a strong fourth quarter sealed a 24-7 victory.

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The running game ruled the day for the Panthers, with running backs Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey combining for 155 yards on the ground. Quarterback Cam Newton added 34 rushing yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave the Panthers a 10-0 lead.

The Buccaneers closed within 10-7 just before halftime on a 1-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber, and that’s where the score stood until the fourth quarter. McCaffrey extended the edge with a 2-yard score, then a James Bradberry interception of Jameis Winston – held to 195 yards on 42 pass attempts - set up the offense again.

Newton and tight end Greg Olsen erased any doubts, connecting for a 25-yard score. Olsen and Devin Funchess combined for 99 receiving yards on eight catches.

View images of the Panthers from Madden 18 gameplay.

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