CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Carolina Panthers offense scored a record number of points in the first half on Sunday, making franchise history.
Within those first two quarters, the team was able to get five touchdowns, showing undeniable speed, agility and cohesion on the part of the offensive line. The previous record for the Panthers was 31 points before the half.
In Q1, Carolina scored 14 unanswered points thanks to fullback Alex Armah and Christian McCaffrey-- who literally jumped over Bucs corner Carlton Davis to complete a 32-yard-run that eventually led to his rushing touchdown.
Tampa Bay's O.J. Howard got the team's first touchdown in the second quarter, but Curtis Samuel returned the points to Carolina on a 33-yard run, putting the score at 21-7. McCaffrey then came through for the team again, scoring on a rush for the second time.
Penalties early on in the third quarter resulted in Carolina losing what would have been a touchdown, but their fifth touchdown still came thanks to an impressive one-handed catch by Greg Olsen. This was the team's fifth straight possession that resulted in a touchdown.
"When it's clicking it's clicking. We got to be better in the third but the talent level on this team is scary," Cam Newton said in a post-game interview.
The Buccaneers came back with four touchdowns between the third and fourth quarters, but a call reversal on one of those and another Panthers TD left the score at 42-28.
It's clear that Carolina's offense is becoming more cohesive with each game, and it's paying off for them.