Newton leads Panthers over Raiders 17-6

Newton leads Panthers over Raiders 17-6

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Newton leads Panthers over Raiders 17-6

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 3:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score, and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Oakland Raiders 17-6 on Sunday. 

The Panthers held the Raiders to 189 total yards and 12 first downs in a game featuring several shoving matches, plenty of heated exchanges and six unnecessary roughness penalties -- including one that sidelined Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer for the day. 

(Click here to view photos from the game)

Even Newton drew a flag after bumping an official with his chest for what he perceived as the latest in a series of late hits by Raiders defenders. Newton was not ejected. 

Newton and the Panthers built a 14-3 lead at halftime and let linebacker Luke Kuechly and defensive end Greg Hardy do the rest. 

Oakland's offense was essentially rendered useless after Hardy delivered a blow to Palmer's back late in the first quarter. Matt Leinart managed only 115 yards passing in three-plus quarters. 

Newton accounted for 231 of the 271 yards for the Panthers (6-9), who have now won four of their last five under coach Ron Rivera.

 

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