By Nick Parker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Three years. Thats how long its been since the Carolina Panthers won three games in a row, which they accomplished Sunday with a 17-6 win over the Oakland Raiders.
But after the game, the bulk of the chatter wasnt focused on the Panthers newfound winning vibes or stingy defense.
It was focused on a bump and a kick.
The bump came when Panthers franchise quarterback Cam Newton went to hotly protest what he considered a late hit that he thought referee Jerome Boger missed. Boger backed away but stopped as Newton followed, causing Newton to bump into him, resulting in a 15-yard penalty. Although Boger said postgame that his call on the field of Newton bumping him wasnt accurate, he did admit that there was contact.
I misspoke when I said he bumped the official, Boger said. What I was penalizing him for was disrespectfully addressing the official. There was some contact between he and I, but it wasnt of a malicious nature. It w...