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01 January 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers Postgame Notes (1/1/17)

- Tampa Bay took the opening kickoff and drove 60 yards in 10 plays, taking 3:58, setting up a 33-yard field goal from K Roberto Aguayo.
 
- With the Panthers facing first-and-10 at the Buccaneers 16-yard line, LB Lavonte David recorded his fourth sack of the season, bringing down Carolina QB Cam Newton for a 12-yard loss.
 
- David added another sack in the third quarter, bringing down Newton for a 10-yard loss on third-and-six from the Carolina 18-yard line, forcing a Carolina punt. It is David’s second career multi-sack game (also at N.Y. Jets, 9/8/13). David now has 18.0 sacks in his career. His 5.0 sacks this season are the most by a Buccaneers linebacker since he had 7.0 in 2013.
 
- With today’s two sacks, David passed Chris Washington for the second-most sacks by a linebacker in franchise history.
 
MOST SACKS - LINEBACKERS
(Team History)
 
Rank      Player, Years                                           Sacks
1.           Broderick Thomas, 1989-93                       26.5
2.           Lavonte David, 2012-16                            18.0
3.           Chris Washington, 1984-88                        17.5
4.           Derrick Brooks, 1995-2008                         13.5
5.           Shelton Quarles, 1997-2006                       13.0
 
- DE Robert Ayers recorded Tampa Bay’s second sack of the game in the second quarter, bringing down Newton for an eight-yard loss on third-and-eight, forcing a punt from Carolina. Ayers now has 6.5 sacks this season and 33.0 in his career.
 
- The Buccaneers recorded their first takeaway of the day after S Keith Tandy intercepted a pass at the Tampa Bay 22-yard line.
 
- Tandy added his second interception of the game on the final play of the third quarter, intercepting Newton at the Tampa Bay 16-yard line. It is Tandy’s first career multi-interception game and the first for the Buccaneers since last season (Lavonte David, two at Philadelphia, 11/22/15). Tandy now has four interceptions this season, tied for the team lead and a career-high. He has eight career interceptions.
 
- On the first play of the second half, CB Brent Grimes recorded an interception and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. It was Grimes’ fourth interception of the season and his first interception returned for a touchdown this year. Grimes now has 30 career interceptions and three career interceptions returned for a touchdown.

- Since 2013, Grimes has 17 interceptions, the third-most in the NFL and the second-most by a cornerback.
                                                          
NFL MOST INTERCEPTIONS SINCE 2013
                                                     
Rank       Player (Team)                                       INT
1.            S Reggie Nelson (OAK)                          19
2.            CB Richard Sherman (SEA)                   18*
3.            CB Brent Grimes (TB)                          17
4.            S Glover Quin (DET)                              16
5.            S Quintin Demps (CAR)                          15
 
*Does not include Week 17 game
 
- Grimes has recorded at least four interceptions in each of the past four seasons. He is the only player in the NFL to do so.
 
- Grimes had four passes defensed, a season-high and the most by a Buccaneers player since 2012 (Aqib Talib, 9/16/12 at N.Y. Giants). It is tied for the third-most he has recorded in a game in his career. This season, Grimes had 24 passes defensed, the most in the NFL and the most by a Buccaneers player since Ronde Barber had 24 in 2001.
 
2016 PASSES DEFENSED LEADERS
                                                     
Rank       Player (Team)                                              PD
1.            CB Brent Grimes (TB)                                24
2.            CB Casey Hayward (SD)                              20*
3.            CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (NYG)      19*
4.            CB Robert Alford (ATL)                                18*
4.            CB Josh Norman (WAS)                              18*
4.            CB Marcus Peters (KC)                                18*
 
*Does not include Week 17 game
 
- In the fourth quarter, QB Jameis Winston led an eight-play, 74-yard drive lasting 2:52 that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to WR Mike Evans.
 
- Winston finished the game with 202 passing yards and one touchdown, which brought his season totals to 4,090 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns, both franchise records. He is the first player in team history to post consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons and the first player in NFL history to post 4,000 or more yards in each of his first two seasons.
 
MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES - SINGLE SEASON (Team History)
 
Rank          Player                                           TDs
1.               Jameis Winston, 2016                   28
2.               Josh Freeman, 2012                       27
3.               Brad Johnson, 2003                        26
4.               Josh Freeman, 2010                       25
5.               Brad Johnson, 2003                        22
5.               Jameis Winston, 2015                     22
 
MOST PASSING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON (Team History)
                                                                                 
Rank          Player                                          Yards
1.               Jameis Winston, 2016                 4,090
2.               Josh Freeman, 2012                     4,065
3.               Jameis Winston, 2015                   4,042
4.               Brad Johnson, 2003                      3,811
5.               Josh Freeman, 2011                     3,592
 
- Winston now has 8,132 passing yards and 50 career passing touchdowns. He ranks second in passing yards and fifth in passing touchdowns by a player in his first two seasons in league history.
 
MOST PASSING YARDS BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST TWO SEASONS
 
Rank          Player                                                    Yards
1.               Andrew Luck (IND, 2012-13)                    8,196
2.               Jameis Winston (TB, 2015-16)              8,132
3.               Cam Newton (CAR, 2011-12)                  7,920
4.               Peyton Manning (IND, 1998-99)               7,874
5.               Blake Bortles (JAC, 2014-15)                   7,336
6.               Dan Marino (MIA, 1983-84)                     7,294
7.               Derek Carr (OAK, 2014-15)                     7,257
8.               Ryan Tannehill (MIA, 2012-13)                 7,207
9.               Andy Dalton (CIN, 2011-12)                     7,067
10.             Drew Bledsoe (NE, 1993-94)                   7,049
 
MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST TWO SEASONS
 
Rank          Player                                            No.
1.               Dan Marino (MIA, 1983-84)             68
2.               Derek Carr (OAK, 2014-15)             53
3.               Peyton Manning (IND, 1998-99)       52
3.               Russell Wilson (SEA, 2012-13)        52
5.               Jameis Winston (TB, 2015-16)      50
6.               Andy Dalton (CIN, 2011-12)             47
7.               Blake Bortles (JAC, 2014-15)           46
7.               Andrew Luck (IND, 2012-13)            46
9.               Marcus Mariota (TEN, 2015-16)       45
10.             Otto Graham (CLE, 1946-47)          42
 
- Evans finished the game with five catches for 65 yards and one touchdown, bringing his season totals to 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdowns tied his own record for the most touchdown catches in a single season in team history, while his 96 catches are the second-most and his 1,321 receiving yards are third-most.
 
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS IN A SINGLE SEASON – Team History
                                                          
Rank         Player                                                TDs
1.              WR Mike Evans, 2016                       12
1.              WR Mike Evans, 2014                        12
2.              WR Mike Williams, 2010                     11
4.              WR Joey Galloway 2005                     10
5.              WR Mark Carrier, 1989                       9
5.              WR Bruce Hill, 1988                           9
5.              WR Kevin House, 1981                       9
5.              WR Mike Williams, 2012                     9
 
MOST RECEPTIONS - SINGLE SEASON
(Team History)
 
Rank      Player                                                       Rec.
1.           WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001                     106
2.           WR Mike Evans, 2016                                96
3.           WR Mark Carrier, 1989                               86
4.           RB James Wilder, 1984                               85
5.           WR Keenan McCardell, 2003                       84
 
MOST RECEIVING YARDS - SINGLE SEASON
(Team History)
 
Rank      Player                                                      Yards
1.           WR Mark Carrier, 1989                             1,422
2.           WR Vincent Jackson, 2012                        1,384
3.           WR Mike Evans, 2016                              1,321
4.           WR Joey Galloway, 2005                          1,287
5.           WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001                   1,266
 
- Evans now has 27 career touchdown receptions, tied for the fourth-most in franchise history.
 
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS - (Team History)
 
Rank      Player                                                       TDs
1.           TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86                            34
2.           WR Kevin House, 1980-86                           31
3.           WR Joey Galloway, 2004-08                        28
4.           WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92                           27
4.           WR Mike Evans, 2014-16                           27
 
- Evans now has 3,578 receiving yards. He ranks fifth in receiving yards and tied for ninth in receiving touchdowns by a player in his first three seasons in league history.

MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST THREE SEASONS
(Since 1970 Merger)
                                                                                                                       
Rank          Player                                                    Yards
1.               Randy Moss (MIN, 1998-2000)                4,163
2.               Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG, 2014-16)         4,078*
3.               A.J. Green (CIN, 2011-13)                       3,833
4.               Torry Holt (STL, 1999-2001)                    3,786
5.               Mike Evans (TB, 2014-16)                      3,578
6.               Jerry Rice (SF, 1985-87)                         3,575
7.               DeAndre Hopkins (HOU, 2013-15)           3,533
8.               John Jefferson (SD, 1978-80)                  3,431
9.               Anquan Boldin (ARI, 2003-05)                  3,402
10.             Issac Bruce (LA/STL, 1994-96)                3,391
 
*Does not include Week 17 game
 
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS BY A PLAYER IN HIS FIRST THREE SEASONS
(Since 1970 Merger)
                                                                                                                       
Rank          Player                                                   Rec. TD
1.               Randy Moss (MIN, 1998-2000)                  43
2.               Jerry Rice (SF, 1985-87)                            40
3.               Rob Gronkowski (NE, 2010-12)                  38
4.               John Jefferson (SD, 1978-80)                    36
5.               Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG, 2014-16)            35
6.               Daryl Turner (SEA, 1984-86)                      30
7.               A.J. Green (CIN, 2011-13)                         29
8.               Sammy White (MIN, 1976-78)                    28
9.               Dez Bryant (DAL, 2010-12)                        27
10.             Mike Evans (TB, 2014-16)                        27
 
- WR Adam Humphries had a career-high in catches (10), while posting a game-leading 94 receiving yards.
 
- P Bryan Anger, had all five of his punts inside the 20 yard line (a season-high) and a 45.8 net average in today’s game. He finishes the season with 37 punts inside the 20 and a 42.7 net average – both franchise records. His 37 punts inside the 20 are tied for the second-most in the NFL and his 42.7 net average is the fourth-highest in the league.
 
2016 PUNTS INSDE THE 20 LEADERS
                                                     
Rank       Player (Team)                                   Inside 20
1.            Johnny Hekker (LA)                               50*
2.            Bryan Anger (TB)                                  37
2.            Dustin Colquitt (KC)                               37*
4.            Sam Koch (BAL)                                    36
5.            Jeff Locke (MIN)                                    34
 
*Does not include Week 17 game
 
2016 PUNTS INSDE THE 20 LEADERS
                                                     
Rank       Player (Team)                                    Net Avg.
1.            Johnny Hekker (LA)                              46.1*
2.            Sam Martin (DET)                                44.1*
3.            Pat McAfee (IND)                                  42.7
4.            Bryan Anger (TB)                                42.7
5.            Thomas Morstead (NO)                        42.1*
 
*Does not include Week 17 game
 
- Tampa Bay finished the season with 41 touchdowns scored, the third-most in a single season in team history. The team totaled 5,542 net yards, the third-most in a single season in team history and scored 354 points, the fourth-most in a single season in team history.
 
- Today’s inactives:
#4    QB   Ryan Griffin
#18  WR  Bernard Reedy
#66  T      Leonard Wester
#67  DT   John Hughes III
#71  DL   Channing Ward
#77  OL   Caleb Benenoch
#92  DE   William Gholston
 

OFFENSE
WR    #89  Russell Shepard
TE     #82  Brandon Myers
LT     #76  Donovan Smith
LG     #64  Kevin Pamphile
C       #68  Joe Hawley
RG    #74  Ali Marpet
RT     #69  Demar Dotson
TE     #88  Luke Stocker
WR    #13  Mike Evans
QB    #3    Jameis Winston
RB     #32  Jacquizz Rodgers
 
DEFENSE
DE     #57  Noah Spence
DT     #93  Gerald McCoy
DT     #98  Clinton McDonald
DE     #75  DaVonte Lambert
MLB  #58  Kwon Alexander
WLB  #54  Lavonte David
CB     #31  Javien Elliott
CB     #28  Vernon Hargreaves III
CB     #24  Brent Grimes
S       #37  Keith Tandy      
S       #30  Bradley McDougald
 
- Today’s paid attendance: 62,037
 

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