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Raiders lose to Carolina, 17-6, in testy matchup

  • 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)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton found himself apologizing after Sunday's game.

It had nothing to do with his performance on the field, but rather what he said as he angrily confronted referee Jerome Boger that drew a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter.

"The words that I said during the game were very disrespectful and I apologized to him during the game, but I'm going public and apologizing again," Newton said. "It was something in the heat of the moment."

The second-year quarterback made up for it by throwing for 171 yards and a touchdown and running for 60 yards and another score as the Carolina Panthers held off the Oakland Raiders 17-6 on Sunday.

Newton's frustration stemmed from a heated game featuring several shoving matches, plenty of verbal exchanges and six unnecessary roughness penalties — including one that sidelined Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer in the first quarter for the rest of the day.


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