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.