Raiders come back to beat Panthers, improve to 9-2

AP

The Panthers nearly ripped Derek Carr’s finger off.

He responded by tearing their hearts out.

The Raiders came back for a 35-32 win over the Panthers, coughing up a huge lead and taking it back again to improve to 9-2.

The Panthers had come back and taken the lead in the second half with 25 unanswered points while dislocating Carr’s right pinky finger, but Carr proceeded to answer any questions about his ability to deliver the ball after that. Wearing a black glove on his right hand, Carr came back to lead a pair of long drives late, with a touchdown to Clive Walford and a two-point conversion to tie it.

The Panthers may come to regret not going for a fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, with “Riverboat” Ron Rivera running aground, and choosing to punt to the Raiders with a tie score and five minutes and 15 seconds left in the game.

Oakland drove for a go-ahead field goal with 1:45 left, but they could have forced the Panthers to burn all their timeouts but for passing in the red zone late.

The Panthers had a chance at the end, but Cam Newton was sacked by Khalil Mack  on fourth down to seal it, which made sense considering who was left blocking him. Injuries left just one of their starting linemen (left guard Andrew Norwell) in the spot he opened the season, with two guys hurt Sunday (including the backup to inactive center Ryan Kalil).

It was a bitter loss for the Panthers, dropping them to 4-7 on a day when the rest of the NFC South won.

38 responses to “Raiders come back to beat Panthers, improve to 9-2

  1. Wow, hats off to the Panthers, they let it all hang out. Mack is so good yet so young, can’t wait to see him get better and better.

    Carr wasn’t the same after the injury but he was still good enough to bring his team back yet again. The guy is a big time clutch player.

  2. This is further proof that the Carolina Paper Tigers are a fraud – the football team version of the padded crotch – a team that last year feasted on beating 13 teams with losing records and can’t do jack this year against teams with winning records.

    I do love seeing Cam Cheating after a loss.

    I wonder how long it will take for this jerk to lament that he could have pounced on a fumble to have a chance in the only Super Bowl of which he will be a part.

    Love when this running back who thinks he can throw is forced to have to throw to win games -he can’t.

  3. The Raiders should’ve won a laugher but things went awry after the pinkie-injury scare with Carr. Fortunately Carr played reasonably well after returning to the game and engineered another comeback win. The defense played well in the first half but reverted to bad form after the Carr scare. But it was nice to see Mack get a pick and game-ending sack and for Crabtree to have a good game after disappearing for a few weeks. Also very satisfying to see the Raiders notch their first winning record since 2002 with hopefully a long streak of consecutive winnng seasons lying ahead (along with accompanying playoff appearances).

    Even though Rex Ryan is a joke as a HC, the Bills have been playing well recently so the Raiders would do well not to overlook them prior to the rematch with the chiefs. The condition of Carr’s finger also bears a close watch by the medical staff going forward.

  4. Richard Sherman gets beat like a drum. Russell Wilson chokes. Cam Newton with a patented game losing sack fumble. What a great day of football.

  5. Pretty sure Hudson from the Raiders was the only on involved in Derek Carr injury when he hiked him the ball…

  6. Poor Pam Newton. She’ll probably pout and throw a tantrum……..Couldn’t have happened to a poorer sport. And I’m not even a Raider fan by any stretch………..

  7. After last year’s arrogance and poor sportsmanship, I’m really glad to see $cam newton pout on the sidelines and lose a bunch of games. Life in the nfl ain’t so easy when you don’t get to play losing teams and you’re not getting all the calls in your favor is it $cam?

  8. If by ripped Carrs finger off you mean watched him get injured after the ball was snapped while they were on the other side of the line of scrimmage… they had NOTHING to do with it. The Raiders are one of the most fun teams to watch, it has been great seeing McKenzie turn it around, even though people were calling for him to be fired after a slow start a season or two ago, he has put a very talented squad together.

    If the Raiders can keep the franchise cornerstones healthy in the years to come they may get a tight grip on the top of that division for multiple seasons, with Denver not having a franchise QB, with an aging defense and the the inconsistent Chargers.

  9. Raiders are my team I’m picking out of the AFC. Their defense is attrocious, but some years it’s just that a team has that it factor about them. This is that team. Carr has taken a big leap into a clutch performer, and their defense makes timely plays after stinking most of the games. They’ve got that hot hand and have built a tough skin by winning all of these close games.

  10. Once again, Musgrave goes into an off center running shell with anything over a 10 point lead.

    “24-7?!?! Stop throwing the ball! Stop playing aggressive offense!! Run predictable run after predictable run!”
    – signed, Bill “The Conservative” Musgrave.

  11. aldonsmith4mvp says:
    Nov 27, 2016 8:02 PM
    WINNING!!

    SB 51:
    Raiders 43
    Cowboys 10

    WINNING!!

    ———————————————————–
    If that happens I will already be dead from a heart attack

  12. Two things.,,

    1. It is the 9th win this season.

    2. Carr is truly the most deserving recipient M.V.P award year to date…

  13. As a Raider fan, why can’t these just be blow outs? My cardiologist bills are getting out of hand. Finally, the streak of non winning seasons is over, only one streak left, playoffs!

  14. ocdn says:
    Nov 27, 2016 7:57 PM

    Poor Pam Newton. She’ll probably pout and throw a tantrum……..Couldn’t have happened to a poorer sport. And I’m not even a Raider fan by any stretch………..
    ———————–
    I don’t like Newton, but he made some nice throws in the second half.

  15. D Carr is a filthy beast !!!! Just about gets his finger ripped off by a very hard snap, goes and gets it put back in place, comes out and leads his team to the win making clutch throws with that bad finger… This team drives us fans crazy, but one thing we know, if Carr has that ball an a minute or 2 left in the game, we like our chances !!! And Mack…..well he’s just an entirely different level. That pick six was incredible and that the final play he made, with the game on the line…. And best part…Reggie got both in the same draft… How’s that Guard working out for you down there in Houston, Bill ??? You can admit what we all know, its OK Bill….

  16. laserw says:
    Nov 27, 2016 7:52 PM
    This is further proof that the Carolina Paper Tigers are a fraud – the football team version of the padded crotch – a team that last year feasted on beating 13 teams with losing records and can’t do jack this year against teams with winning records.
    I do love seeing Cam Cheating after a loss.
    I wonder how long it will take for this jerk to lament that he could have pounced on a fumble to have a chance in the only Super Bowl of which he will be a part.
    Love when this running back who thinks he can throw is forced to have to throw to win games -he can’t.
    ==================================
    I’m not a Carolina fan by any stretch, but their performance this year certainly doesn’t prove that they were a fraud last year.

    They beat a Seattle team in the divisional round of the playoffs that was ranked 4th in offense and 1st in defense, that went 8-2 in in their last 10 games.

    Then they blew out the NFC #2 seed by 35 points in the conference championship. Seems like they earned their way to the Super Bowl last year.

  17. Let’s see…. Houston passed on Mack, then Carr (twice). Jacksonville did the same. Cleveland passed on Carr three times – once for Johnny Football. Wondering how those teams are feeling about that draft now? #RaiderNation

  18. Death, taxes, and Raiders running on 1st down. Three things you can count on. Yet they are 9-2, gotta love it.

  19. Much credit to the Panthers’ for hanging in there and making a game of it.

    The Raiders are on the cusp of creating their own style of winning. It’s not pretty and then again sometimes it is. They just seem to play good enough to win no matter the opponent. I’ve noticed that late in games, other teams really start slowing down. Granted, the Raiders make enough mistakes to keep any team in the game, but this is different. They know they can win at the end.

    We’ll see how far that philosophy takes them, unless their defense wakes up! First half it looked like it. 3rd qtr?? they fell asleep. Then woke up again in the 4th………..go figure!!!

    Keep Stack’n those dubs’!!!!!

  20. David Carr’s finger was almost ripped off by the football causing him to cry like a baby and not even bothering to try and get the ball.

    Riverboat Ron, lol, he should have gone for it on 4th and 1. The worst that could have happened is they didn’t make it and the Raiders score. They did that anyway.

    The Raiders are a good team but the Panthers continue to find ways to lose games.

  21. I don’t want my QB diving in a pile for the ball with who knows what going on with a hand injury in the 11th game of the year.

    I mean, it’s not the Superbowl but could of had huge implications on a Superbowl run.

  22. I bet that Raiders player who didn’t mean to kick the football into the rear of the security staff after an endzone incomplete pass will be fined.

  23. I’m just very very happy that Carr’s injury wasn’t more serious. Not only was I shellshocked watching him leave the field in much obvious pain, it appears to have affected the whole team in a similar fashion. Someone else wrote awhile back, that the Raiders will only go as far as Carr can take them, and that is true. Carr is the heart, the engine that powers them, he is irreplaceable at this time.
    Carr certainly is looking more and more like the MVP of the year and Del Rio is right there for coach of the year.
    Go Raiders !!!

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