Ea­gles take down Pan­thers

3 in­ter­cep­tions key to Philadel­phia’s vic­tory

The Daily Courier - - SCOREBOARD -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Car­son Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touch­downs to help the Philadel­phia Ea­gles beat the Carolina Pan­thers 28-23 on Thurs­day night 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 29 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 that re­sulted 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 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.

Julius Pep­pers needed one sack to be­come the fifth player to reach 150 since 1982. He didn’t waste any time, sack­ing Wentz on the first drive of the game and forc­ing a fum­ble.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

Carolina Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton (1) dives for the end zone as Philadel­phia Ea­gles’ Pa­trick Robin­son (21) and Rod­ney McLeod (23) de­fend dur­ing sec­ond-half NFL ac­tion in Char­lotte, N.C., on Thurs­day. New­ton was ruled down be­fore the goal line. The Ea­gles won 28-23.

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