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Thought we had this cat in the bag at the 3-quarter mark…then I felt how we were sorta wearing down as the 4th quarter progressed. I can’t really explain that feeling— even when we were up 17-0, there was a sense that somehow the Panthers were going to make a late game of it. Also, team stats wise, both teams were basically performing at the same level of production.
Cam Newton tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 1:22 left and the Carolina Panthers overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 on Sunday.
The Eagles offense came right back, but Wes Horton sacked Carson Wentz, forcing a fumble on fourth down from the Panthers 14 to seal the victory.
After Carolina took the lead, the Eagles started at their 30. A 48-yard pass interference penalty on James Bradberry against Alshon Jeffery put the ball at the Carolina 22. Eric Reid appeared to intercept Wentz’s overthrown pass but the play was overturned on a video review. Wentz threw incomplete to Jeffery in the end zone on third-and-2 and was stripped on the next play.
Down 17-0, the Panthers started their rally when Curtis Samuel ran in from the 14 on a reverse— but Graham Gano missed the extra point.
Newton then got hot and quickly drove the Panthers 87 yards, tossing an 18-yard pass to Devin Funchess. He connected with Jarius Wright on the 2-point conversion to get Carolina within a field goal with 4:08 left.
The Panthers forced a three-and-out and got the ball at their 31 with 2:17 remaining.
Newton threw three straight incomplete passes, but took a hit on fourth down and still completed a 35-yard catch-and-run pass to Torrey Smith to reach the Philadelphia 34. A 22-yard pass to Christian McCaffrey gave Carolina first down at the 4. Newton ran it to the 1, setting up third down. He threw it to Olsen wide open in the back of the end zone.
Newton finished 25 of 39 for 269 yards and ran for 49 yards.
Wentz’s 11-yard TD pass to Jeffery gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Ertz had catches of 15 and 22 yards on the drive and Jeffery hauled in a 20-yard pass before the score.
Wentz tossed a 1-yard TD to Dallas Goedert to make it 17-0 in the third quarter, finishing off a 17-play, 94-yard drive that chewed up 9:22 on the clock.
I should have been confident of a W at that point, but I had that funny feeling. I think it was a realization that we were in an automatic comfort zone and then we got real conservative. Yeah, that’s it—it was too early to let the foot off the gas pedal.
Result: skinned alive.
INJURIES: Panthers: DE Mario Addison twice left the game with a back injury and didn’t return after going out in the fourth quarter.
Eagles: RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), CB Sidney Jones (hamstring), DT Haloti Ngata (calf) and S Corey Graham (hamstring) were among the key players out of the lineup.
I will get you some stats and some more reaction in the next update…
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|Passing 1st downs||13||14|
|Rushing 1st downs||6||6|
|1st downs from penalties||0||1|
|3rd down efficiency||5-11||3-12|
|4th down efficiency||1-1||3-4|
|Yards per Play||6.4||5.3|
|Yards per pass||6.1||6.9|
|Yards per rush||7.1||2.4|
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0 0|