El­liott’s sus­pen­sion re­in­stated by court

Philadel­phia are NFC’s first five-game win­ners

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>> NORTH CAROLINA: Quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz threw three touch­down passes as the Philadel­phia Ea­gles de­feated the Carolina Pan­thers 28-23 in a match-up of NFC di­vi­sion lead­ers at Bank of Amer­ica Sta­dium on Thurs­day.

Philadel­phia (5-1) won t heir fourth game in a row and be­came the NFC’s first five-game win­ners as Wentz was 16-of-30 for 222 yards and no in­ter­cep­tions.

Late in the fourth quar­ter, the Pan­thers (4-2) needed to go 69 yards in 2:03 min­utes with­out a time­out. They reached the Philadel­phia 48 be­fore a failed fourth-and-one pass.

Trail­ing by five ear­lier, Carolina re­gained pos­ses­sion at their 23-yard line with 5:49 min­utes left. Cour­tesy of a fourth-down pickup, the Pan­thers reached the Philadel­phia 41.

Three plays later, Jalen Mills in­ter­cepted Cam New­ton’s pass with 3:06 min­utes to play, but the Ea­gles ended up punt­ing again.

Philadel­phia scored on two drives of less than 20 yards af­ter Carolina turnovers, then drove 75 yards with Wentz throw­ing 24 yards to Nel­son Agholor on the first play of the fourth quar­ter. The Ea­gles’ lead grew to 28-16.

The Pan­thers scored with 8:04 min­utes re­main­ing on New­ton’s one-yard pass to run­ning back Chris­tian McCaf­frey.

New­ton fin­ished 28-of-52 for 239 yards with one touch­down pass and three in­ter­cep­tions.

Pa­trick Robin­son’s in­ter­cep­tion of a pass that run­ning back Jonathan Ste­wart dropped gave Philadel­phia the ball at the Pan­thers 17-yard line less than a minute into the sec­ond half.

Two plays later, tight end Zach Ertz caught a 17-yard touch­down pass. A Carolina penalty on the ex­tra-point kick re­sulted in the Ea­gles go­ing for a two-point con­ver­sion, with LeGar­rette Blount run­ning in for an 18-10 lead.

A 20-yard field goal by Gra­ham Gano less than three min­utes later cut the Pan­thers’ deficit to 18-13. Jake El­liott’s 48-yard field goal boosted the lead to 21-13 be­fore Gano’s 46-yard boot cut the gap to five points again.

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.

New­ton ran 16 yards un­touched for a touch­down, giv­ing Carolina a 10-3 lead with 10:34 min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter. Ra­sul Dou­glas’ in­ter­cep­tion of a pass that New­ton threw while he was be­ing hit set up the Ea­gles at the Carolina 12-yard line.

It took seven plays — in­clud­ing a fourth-down con­ver­sion — for Philadel­phia to score, with Wentz hit­ting Ertz on a one-yard pass play.

Philadel­phia out­gained the Pan­thers 123-28 in the first quar­ter. The Ea­gles opened the scor­ing on El­liott’s 50-yard field goal. Gano tied it later in the first quar­ter with a 39-yarder.

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 did not score on their open­ing pos­ses­sion.

Mean­while, the wild­fires rav­aging North­ern Cal­i­for­nia could af­fect to­mor­row’s sched­uled NFL game be­tween the Oak­land Raiders and Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

“We con­tinue to mon­i­tor air qual­ity con­di­tions in the Bay Area and are in close com­mu­ni­ca­tion with both the Raiders and Charg­ers, as well as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties,” NFL spokesman Michael Sig­nora said. “At this point, the game re­mains sched­uled for Sun­day in Oak­land.”

At least 27 peo­ple have died in blazes that have burned 191,437 acres and gust­ing winds on Thurs­day were ham­per­ing fire-fight­ing ef­forts.

Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz, left, looks to pass against the Pan­thers.

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