NFL Game Summary - Oakland at Carolina|
(Sunday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Carolina 17, Oakland 6
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Newton threw for 170 yards with a
touchdown and also ran for a score to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 17-6 win
over the Oakland Raiders.
Steve Smith had four catches for 45 yards and a score and Greg Olsen hauled in
six passes for 53 yards for the Panthers (6-9), who have won three straight
and four of their last five. Rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly had nine solo
tackles and an interception that led to a score in the triumph.
"It was a momentum builder to get wins in back-to-back games and then to add a
third one," Kuechly said. "It is a good feeling. We've been playing good in
situations all year, and now we are able to capitalize on it."
Matt Leinart replaced an injured Carson Palmer for Oakland in the first
quarter and completed 16-of-32 passes for 115 yards with an interception.
Terrelle Pryor also made a limited appearance for the Raiders (4-11). He
caught one pass for 22 yards, rushed for two yards and completed a 5-yard pass
in Oakland's seventh loss in eight games.
"I'm disappointed, we have to be able to run the football better," said
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. "They dominated the line of scrimmage in this
particular game and we struggled to run it. We have to do a better job running
The game featured a pair of former Heisman Trophy winners at quarterback and
it remained that way even after Palmer, the 2002 recipient, was knocked out of
the contest by a blindside hit from Carolina's Greg Hardy. Leinart, a USC
product like Palmer, won college football's most prized award in 2004, while
Newton received the honor in 2010 while leading Auburn to a national title.
Newton got the better of the play early, connecting with Smith for a 23-yard
touchdown to give Carolina a 7-0 lead. Newton rolled to his right and lofted
it up to Smith, who made a diving grab in the back right corner of the end
Palmer left the contest on the next series. He had completed each of his three
passes for 31 yards before exiting.
After a trade of punts, Sebastian Janikowski's 21-yard field goal capped an
11-play, 73-yard trek to pull the Raiders within 7-3. Earlier in the drive,
Leinart found Derek Hagan for a 19-yard gain on 3rd-and-12 to get the ball to
the Carolina 23.
Graham Gano missed a field goal for Carolina with 1:41 left in the first half,
but Leinart's pass on the ensuing Raiders possession was intercepted by
Kuechly and returned 25 yards to the Oakland 29. A 22-yard pass to DeAngelo
Williams on first down set up a 3-yard Newton touchdown run on third down to
put the Panthers up 14-3 just 17 seconds before the intermission.
Newton's pass on the final play of the third quarter was intercepted by Miles
Burris and returned to the Panthers' 18. An unnecessary roughness penalty put
the ball on the eight and Pryor's 5-yard pass gave the Raiders the ball at the
three. Darren McFadden scored on the next play, but the touchdown was
nullified following a holding penalty on Steve Wisniewski. Leinart's next two
passes fell incomplete and Oakland was forced to settle for a 31-yard
Janikowski field goal.
Gano's 51-yard kick with 2:46 left put the Panthers up 17-6 and sealed the
The Panthers outgained Oakland, 271-189 ... Newton led the team in rushing
with 60 yards on 12 carries ... Although Palmer was knocked out, he joined
Rich Gannon (4,689 in 2002) as only Oakland quarterbacks to reach 4,000
passing yards in a season. Palmer has 4,016 yards this season.
12/23 18:46:22 ET