Oakland Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
The Carolina Panthers defeated the Oakland Raiders 17-6 to earn their third straight victory of the season. This game was physical and featured a multitude of penalties of the unnecessary roughness variety. The Panthers' win guarantees they will at least match last year's record of 6-10 but they will go for win number seven next week at New Orleans.
As for Oakland, they were in this one despite the loss of quarterback Carson Palmer after he sustained a vicious hit by Greg Hardy. Matt Leinart played admirably but in the end it was not enough to over the Panthers on their home turf.
Final thoughts and analysis will be available shortly.
06 FINAL 17
- This is the Panthers first win after Cam Newton throws an interception.
- Carolina will improve to 6-9 on the season with a chance to improve upon last year's record.
- Carson Palmer left the game early after suffering a big hit in the first quarter.
- There should be a number of fines handed out to both teams later this week. Most of which will be for the hard hits the defenses unleashed on each other.
By the Numbers
3 - Number of home wins the Panthers have this season
70/97 - Penalty yards accrued by the Raiders and Panthers respectively
13 - Total number of tackles recorded by Luke Kuechly. Miles Burris and Tommy Kelly led the Raiders in tackles with a combined 13.
With just a little over 3:00 left to go, the Panthers are in position to burn a lot of clock, add to their lead and force the Raiders to use their timeouts. Surprisingly, they have been throwing the ball as well as run it. This is a big series for Carolina as it will be a testament to their growth as a unit.
One has to wonder the collective total of fines that will be assessed against these two teams as more unnecessary roughness penalties have accumulated and the composure of both sides is being tested. Even the fans are upset. They are letting the Panthers, Raiders and officials hear it.
Newton should have controlled himself because bumping a referee in any sport is a no-no and he is lucky he wasn't ejected.
The Panthers caught a break with the holding penalty that negated Darren McFadden's touchdown and Oakland had to settle for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. The Panthers hold a one possession lead and closing out games hasn't been their specialty this year.
The Raiders will look to comeback with Matt Leinart at the helm and for a team experiencing a miserable season, it would be a great motivational boost for the organization and a great Christmas gift for Raider Nation.
Another Raider punt. Another less than ideal starting point for the Panthers. I'm not sure why Armanti Edwards would fair catch a punt that deep inside Carolina territory but then again, he's a football player and I'm just one of many writers pressing ink about the game.
Newton avoided a sack earlier when his team was that far back on the field, it should be interesting to see if Oakland brings a heavy blitz.
Newton was on the receiving end of a personal foul penalty. Guess it's safe to say both of these teams will not let up. The offensive line needs to help their quarterback so he doesn't meet the same fate that Carson Palmer did earlier in the game.
Another observation: Newton has come dangerously close to throwing a couple of interceptions. For those who don't know, when Newton throws a pick, Carolina loses.
Joe Adams doesn't get a chance to fumble another punt as this one rolls out of bounds. Carolina will take over and it should be interesting to see if the Raiders defense matches their counterpart's level of intensity.
Carolina hasn't played the best football in this game with all of the penalties yet hold the lead. Their first series of the second half should offer some insight as to what kind of team they will be the rest of the way.
After struggling to punch it in after 1st & Goal, Newton took matters into his own hands (or feet in this case). He increased Carolina's lead to 11 and showed the Raiders they are dealing with a Heisman winner who can make things happen.
0:17 remain in the half. Doubtful the Raiders will do much here.
The fans love LUUUKKEE!! The rookie out of Boston College picked off a Matt Leinart pass setting up the Panthers offense at the Raider 30 yard line with another chance to score.
Newton is having success checking down to Williams in the flat as the is picking up big yards and has them inside the five.
As a Carolina fan, I can honestly say I have not seen a physical game like this against any team other than New Orleans. Oakland is getting flagged for unnecessary roughness penalties with helmet to helmet. However, it didn't seem like the call in question was a legitimate penalty as the aggressiveness of both defenses has caused the officials to be flag happy every other play.
Oh boy! Things are getting ugly in Carolina. Cam Newton was sacked and following an Oakland celebration, took offense to it. This game has become more physical and emotional on both sides. Considering the last several minutes and series, it is a good thing that these two teams only play each other once every four years.
Matt Leinart looks like a different quarterback. In his first series, he has looked poised and and helped drive his team down field. He definitely doesn't look like the quarterback of old where he was ineffective. Despite the Raiders only getting three points he did give the coaching staff a sense of security about their quarterback situation for the duration of this game.
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