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Panthers knock out QB Carson Palmer, hand Raiders seventh loss in last 8 games 17-6

  • Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams (34) runs as Oakland Raiders' Matt Giordano (27) tries to make the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)The Associated Press

  • Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) is sacked by Oakland Raiders' Miles Burris (56) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)The Associated Press

  • Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton, topr, looks to pass as Oakland Raiders' Andre Carter (97) defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)The Associated Press

  • Oakland Raiders' Carson Palmer (3) is hit by Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy (76) and Charles Johnson (95) while throwing a pass during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Palmer was taken off the field after the play and Hardy was penalized for a personal foul. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)The Associated Press

  • Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) and Cam Newton (1) celebrate Smith's touchdown catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)The Associated Press

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.

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.