Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Ea­gles beat Pan­thers 28-23

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - SPORTS -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Car­son Wentz said he saw some things from the Carolina Pan­thers he hadn’t seen on film lead­ing to three first-half sacks and plenty of pres­sure.

It didn’t bother the Philadel­phia Ea­gles’ sec­ond-year quar­ter­back.

Wentz came up big in a huge game, throw­ing for 222 yards and three touch­downs against one of the NFL’s top de­fenses, and the Ea­gles beat the Pan­thers 28-23 on Thurs­day night to im­prove to an NFC-best 5-1.

“We kept backs in to han­dle their lineback­ers and we did a bet­ter job clean­ing it up in the sec­ond half,” said Wentz, who wasn’t sacked in the sec­ond half.

The Ea­gles turned two in­ter­cep­tions deep in Carolina ter­ri­tory into 15 points. Wentz teamed with Zach Ertz on two touch­down passes, and LaGar­rette Blount scored on a 2-point con­ver­sion run for an 18-10 lead in the third quar­ter. Wentz added a 24-yard scor­ing pass to Nel­son Agholor in the fourth quar­ter.

“He’s a great leader of this foot­ball team, even in his sec­ond year,” Ea­gles coach Doug Ped­er­son said about Wentz. “Guys re­ally re­spect the way he plays. It’s ex­cit­ing to see that.”

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.

“We gave them layups, giv­ing them the ball in­side our 20,” New­ton said. “Against a good team like that, well that’s not good in­gre­di­ents to win. We can’t put our de­fense in that type of po­si­tion.”

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.

Pan­thers cor­ner­back Cap­tain Mun­ner­lyn said it won’t be easy to re­place Keuchly, adding “Luke is a big part of what we do.”

Added de­fen­sive tackle Kawann Short: “You saw a quick prayer, but then the game has to go on.”

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.

As­so­ci­ated Press

The Ea­gles’ Nel­son Agholor (13) cel­e­brates his touch­down catch against the Pan­thers with quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz on Thurs­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.