Wentz throws 3 TD passes, de­fense holds on for win

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Steve Reed

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. » 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 2-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 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 pulling 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 touch­down rush­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter. He kept the ball on a read op­tion and juked corner­back Ra­sul Dou­glas on the 16-yard run.

Dou­glas get re­venge on Carolina’s next pos­ses­sion, in­ter­cept­ing New­ton’s pass af­ter Cox crashed into New­ton as he was throw­ing, caus­ing the ball to float high into the air. NO RUN­NING GAME » 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 1 yard on 13 car­ries.


EAGLES » Line­backer Jordan Hicks left the game early with an an­kle in­jury. De­fen­sive end Brandon Graham briefly left with a shoul­der in­jury.


EAGLES » Host the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins on “Mon­day Night Foot­ball” on Oct. 23


The Eagles’ Nel­son Agholor (13) cel­e­brates his touch­down catch with quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz (11) in the sec­ond half in Char­lotte, N.C., Thurs­day.

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