CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carson Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns to assist the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 on Thursday night time to enhance to an NFC-greatest 5-1.
The Eagles turned two interceptions deep in Carolina territory into 15 factors, with landing passes to Zach Ertz, and LaGarrette Blount’s 2-level conversion to take an 18-10 lead within the third quarter. Wentz added a 24-yard scoring move to Nelson Agholor within the fourth quarter.
Wertz accomplished sixteen of 29 passes.
Cam Newton threw three interceptions for Carolina (four-2).
The primary two interceptions got here inside Carolina’s 20, however weren’t Newton’s fault. He was hit by Fletcher Cox as he launched one cross, and operating again Jonathan Stewart bobbled one other cross leading to a decide. Newton’s third interception — by Jalen Mills with three:06 left — ended an opportunity for the go-forward rating.
Carolina had one final shot to win, however turned it over on downs at midfield.
Panthers center linebacker Luke Kuechly was positioned into the concussion protocol after his physique crumpled following a collision with Eagles pulling guard Brandon Brooks. Kuechly missed 9 video games over the previous two seasons with two concussions. All the Eagles’ touchdowns got here after Kuechly left the sport late within the second quarter.
Newton gave the Panthers a ten-three lead on his 51st profession landing dashing within the second quarter. He stored the ball on a learn choice and juked cornerback Rasul Douglas on the sixteen-yard run.
Douglas get revenge on Carolina’s subsequent possession, intercepting Newton’s cross after Cox crashed into Newton as he was throwing, inflicting the ball to drift excessive into the air.
NO RUNNING GAME: If it hadn’t been for Newton , the Panthers wouldn’t have had any operating recreation to talk of towards the Eagles. Newton ran for seventy one yards and the landing, however operating backs Jonathan Stewart, Christian McCaffrey and Fozzy Whittaker have been restricted to 1 yard on thirteen carries.
PEPPERS’ MILESTONE: Julius Peppers wanted one sack to grow to be the fifth participant to succeed in one hundred fifty since they turned an official statistic in 1982. The 37-yr-previous Peppers didn’t waste any time reaching it, sacking Wentz on the primary drive of the sport and forcing a fumble.
LINEUP CHANGE: Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley was benched within the first half for Kevin Seymour.
Eagles: Linebacker Jordan Hicks left the sport early with an ankle damage. Defensive finish Brandon Graham briefly left with a shoulder damage.
Panthers: Except for…