Panthers up at halftime in chippy game


The Panthers are up 14-3 at halftime on the Raiders, in a game that’s only getting uglier.

Cam Newton’s thrown for a touchdown and run for one, and the Raiders can’t get anything going with Matt Leinart at quarterback.

Carson Palmer was knocked out earlier after a shot to the back from Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. X-rays were negative, but Palmer didn’t return to the game.

The game has devolved into a fight, with scrapping after at least one play per series, evidence of the frustration that comes from teams with nine combined wins in December.