Wentz keeps Ea­gles soar­ing atop the NFC

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. Car­son Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touch­downs to help the Philadel­phia Ea­gles beat the Carolina Pan­thers 28-23 Thurs­day to im­prove to an NFC-best 5-1.

The Ea­gles turned two in­ter­cep­tions deep in Carolina ter­ri­tory into 15 points with touch­down passes to Zach Ertz and LaGar­rette Blount’s two-point con­ver­sion to take an 18-10 lead in the third quar­ter. Wentz added a 24-yard scor­ing pass to Nel­son Agholor in the fourth quar­ter.

Wertz com­pleted 16 of 30 passes. Cam New­ton threw three in­ter­cep­tions for Carolina (4-2).

The first two in­ter­cep­tions came in­side Carolina’s 20, but weren’t New­ton’s fault. He was hit by Fletcher Cox as he re­leased one pass and run­ning back Jonathan Stewart bob­bled an­other pass re­sult­ing in a pick.

New­ton’s third in­ter­cep­tion — by Jalen Mills with 3:06 left — ended a chance for the go-ahead score.

Carolina had one last shot to win, but turned it over on downs at mid­field.

Pan­thers mid­dle line­backer Luke Kuechly was placed into the con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter his body crum­pled fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Ea­gles guard Bran­don Brooks. Kuechly missed nine games over the past two sea­sons with two con­cus­sions.

All of the Ea­gles’ touch­downs came af­ter Kuechly left the game late in the sec­ond quar­ter.

New­ton gave the Pan­thers a 10-3 lead on his 51st ca­reer rush­ing touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. He kept the ball on a read op­tion and juked cor­ner­back Ra­sul Dou­glas on the 16-yard run.

If it hadn’t been for New­ton, the Pan­thers would not have had any run­ning game to speak of against the Ea­gles.

New­ton ran for 71 yards and the touch­down, but run­ning backs Jonathan Stewart, Chris­tian McCaf­frey and Fozzy Whittaker were lim­ited to one yard on 13 car­ries.

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