The Panthers were on the move again in the fourth quarter, with a 39-yard pass from Bridgewater to Anderson putting them in Tampa Bay territory.
But Bridgewater was sacked on the next play. Then, after offsetting penalties, Bridgewater threw behind Moore and was intercepted by cornerback Carlton Davis, ending the Carolina threat.
Running back LeSean McCoy had a chance to likely put the game out of reach with a touchdown reception, but the ball fell through his hands in the end zone. Tampa Bay settled for a 33-yard field goal to go up 24-14.
That score gave the Buccaneers 17 points off Panthers turnovers.
Though the Panthers scored a quick field goal to make it a one-possession game, Carolina’s defense couldn’t hold running back Leonard Fournette down any longer.
After a failed onside kick attempt by the Panthers, Fournette took a handoff up the middle and broke away from the defense for a 46-yard touchdown to make the score, 31-17.
Until that point, the Panthers had allowed just 76 yards rushing.