Panthers move into NFC South 1st place with 19-17 win over Tampa Bay
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Derek Anderson threw for 277 yards and a touchdown, Graham Gano kicked four field goals and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-17 on Sunday to remain alive in the NFC South playoff race.
The win, coupled with Atlanta's loss to Pittsburgh, leaves the Panthers a half-game behind New Orleans in the division. Carolina (5-8-1) can move into first place if the Saints lose to Chicago on Monday night.
Anderson was 25 of 40 and improved to 2-0 as a starter in place of Cam Newton, sidelined while recovering from a car accident Tuesday that left him with two fractures in his lower back.
Greg Olsen tied a career high with 10 catches for 110 yards, and rookie Kelvin Benjamin had eight grabs for 104 yards.
Josh McCown threw a touchdown pass and ran for another to lead the Bucs (2-11).
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