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Buccaneers vs. Panthers score: Tom Brady, Mike Evans hook up for three TDs as Tampa Bay clinches NFC South

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers clinched the NFC South for the second-straight year with their 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 17. The Buccaneers haven’t looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders for most of the season, but that changed on Sunday, as Tom Brady and his team exploded for 478 yards of total offense.

Brady completed 34 of 45 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns — all three of which went to Mike Evans. The star wideout caught 10 passes for 207 yards and the three scores, while Chris Godwin also impressed with 120 receiving yards on nine catches. 

The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but managed just 10 points in the second half while Tampa Bay dropped 20 points in the fourth quarter alone. Sam Darnold completed 22 of 36 passes for 316 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while D.J. Moore caught six passes for 117 yards and a score.

Check back soon, as this article will be turned into a takeaways piece which dives into what went down in Tampa on Sunday.

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