TAMPA, Fla. – Cam Newton threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen to cap a nearly 9-minute drive and the Carolina Panthers led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-3 after the first quarter Thursday night.
Newton and the Panthers converted on four straight third-downs plays during the 15-play, 70-yard drive. Newton ran for two of the third-down conversions and threw for the others.
The Bucs punted on their opening possession of the night, but got on the board with Rian Lindell's 47-yard field goal.
The winless Buccaneers entered the night looking to avoid their seventh 0-7 start in franchise history. Carolina is trying to notch its third straight victory of the season and move above .500 for the first time since 2008.