PANTHERS 24 -- Tyrone Wheatley and Amos Zereoue combined to run for three touchdowns, and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 19-yard field goal with six seconds to play to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 27-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Jarrod Cooper, cut by Carolina two weeks ago for "football reasons," returned to help Oakland (3-6) hand the Panthers (1-7) their sixth consecutive loss. Cooper recorded his first career sack against the defending NFC champion.
Kerry Collins, Carolina's first-ever draft pick, passed for 231 yards and got the upper hand in his first meeting against his former team. After Carolina tied the game at 24 with 2 minutes 25 seconds to play, Collins threw completions of 19 and 12 yards to move the Raiders into Panthers territory.
His next pass was incomplete to Doug Gabriel near the end zone, but Dante Wesley was flagged for pass interference. The 38-yard penalty gave Oakland the ball at the 4, and Janikowski kicked the game-winner three plays later.
The Panthers were done in by their own mistakes. With no running game to rely on -- Stephen Davis missed his sixth game with a knee injury -- Jake Delhomme had to be effective to give Carolina a chance. Delhomme struggled most of the game despite passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns.