After back-to-back 8-8 seasons, the Raiders went 4-12 under rookie coach Dennis Allen and first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie. The high hopes vanished during an ugly six-game losing streak from Weeks 9-14 when the Raiders were outscored 215-109. The Raiders missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season.
The Raiders spotted the Panthers a 7-0 lead, then lost starting QB Carson Palmer to a rib injury late in the first quarter. Thanks to a strong defensive effort, the Raiders stayed close for much of the game, but ultimately lost 17-6, falling to 4-11 with one game left to play.