The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) visit the Carolina Panthers (14-1) Sunday (4:25 p.m., TV: Fox) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Follow here for live updates from Observer reporters, columnists and others.
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panthers asks the crowd for some noise against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, right, greets Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, before an NFL football game in Charlotte on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Daryn Williams, 15, left, and her aunt, Katrina Walker, 35, stopped for a photo in front of the Panther statue at Bank of America Stadium Sunday morning. John Simmonsjsimmons@charlotteobserver.com