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Through three: Panthers in this thing

Could it be?

The Panthers are actually in a game in the fourth quarter.

Tampa Bay leads 21-16 entering the final period, a game the Panthers have made much more interesting than it should have been.

RB Mike Goodson topped the 100-yard mark in the third quarter, the first Panthers runner all year to do that. They tacked on two field goals, and played solid enough defense.

QB Jimmy Clausen's having a quietly efficient day (with a nice deep ball to steve Smith in the third), and I have a meaningful fourth quarter to watch for the first time in weeks.

-- Darin Gantt