Ea­gles stop Pan­thers, reach five wins

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - LOS AN­GE­LES (AFP)

— The Philadel­phia Ea­gles are on a roll, be­com­ing the first Na­tional Football League team to reach five wins with a 28-23 de­feat of the Carolina Pan­thers on Thurs­day night.

Play­ing on just three days rest, the Ea­gles im­proved to 5-1 for the first time since 2014 by beat­ing the Pan­thers in a show­down be­tween two first place NFC teams at the Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium.

Quar­ter­back Car­son Wenz com­pleted 16 of 30 passes for 220 yards and threw three touch­down passes for the sec­ond game in a row as he stacked up well against the Carolina de­fence. Wentz tossed four touch­downs for the first time in his ca­reer on Sun­day in a 34-7 win over the Ari­zona Car­di­nals.

Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton, who was coming off a pair of ster­ling out­ings, didn’t have his best stuff as he fin­ished 28-for-51 for 239 yards and three in­ter­cep­tions.

Carolina dropped to 4-2 on the sea­son.

The Pan­thers needed to go 69 yards in 2:03 on their fi­nal drive in the fourth quar­ter but they reached the Philadel­phia 48 be­fore a failed fourth-and-one pass with 82 sec­onds left.

The Pan­thers lost line­backer Luke Kuechly, a for­mer NFL De­fen­sive Player of the Year, in the sec­ond quar­ter.

He was placed in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col.

The Ea­gles drove into Carolina ter­ri­tory on the game’s first pos­ses­sion, but were thwarted by Wentz’s fum­ble.

It marked only the sec­ond game this year Philadel­phia didn’t score on its open­ing pos­ses­sion. The Ea­gles opened the scor­ing on Jake El­liott’s 50-yard field goal. Carolina’s Gra­ham Gano tied it later in the first quar­ter with a 39-yarder.

AFP-Yon­hap

Nel­son Agholor, cen­ter, of the Philadel­phia Ea­gles runs the ball against Colin Jones, left, and Shaq Green-Thomp­son of the Carolina Pan­thers in the first quar- ter dur­ing their game at Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium in Char­lotte, North Carolina, Thurs­day.

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