Eagles take down Panthers
3 interceptions key to Philadelphia’s victory
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.
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.