How it happened
Score at halftime: Eagles 15, Panthers 14
Score after third quarter: Eagles 22, Panthers 21
Team rushing yardage: Panthers 109, Eagles 204
Team passing yardage: Panthers 289, Eagles 107
Penalties-yards: Panthers 6-101, Eagles 5-30
Time of possession: Panthers 35:10, Eagles 24:48
Eagles’ best number: 178 (Bryce Brown’s rushing yards)
Eagles’ worst number: 2 (first-half touchdown passes by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton)
You had to be there
Former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent and longtime ticket manager Leo Carlin were inducted into the Eagles’ Hall of Fame at halftime during a moving ceremony.
1. Newton (two TD passes, two TD runs)
2. Brown (set team’s single-season rookie rushing record)
3. Eagles place-kicker Alex Henery (three field goals)
The Panthers outscored the Eagles 9-0 in the fourth quarter on Graham Gano’s 23-yard field goal and Newton’s 2-yard run. The Eagles led 22-21 after three quarters.
Eagles’ best play
Brown broke through a hole on the right side in the second quarter and outran two Panthers defenders up the sideline for a 65-yard touchdown. It was the longest run by an Eagle since LeSean McCoy’s 66-yarder against the New York Giants on Nov. 1, 2009.
Eagles’ worst play
There wasn’t an Eagle within 10 yards of Panthers wide receivers Gary Barnidge or Brandon LaFell during their first-half touchdown receptions. LaFell split the secondary for a 43-yard TD.
Did you notice?
Brown took a direct snap and gained 7 yards on the second play from scrimmage. ... Rookie defensive end Vinny Curry made his first career tackle on the Eagles first defensive series. ... There wasn’t an Eagles defender within 10 yards of the receiver on Carolina’s first two touchdowns. ... Rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson made a good block on Browns’ TD run. ... Wide receiver DeSean Jackson (bruised sternum) and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (bruised tail bone) left the game in the first half with injuries and did not return. ... Brown set a team rookie single-game rushing record. Correll Buckhalter had the old mark with 134 yards in a 2001 game. ... The Eagles’ defensive line committed three straight offsides penalties in the fourth quarter.
Henery: “I just do what I can, but we have to get the win. That’s what matters.”
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith: “Cam looked good. He looked great. I think that was the most comfortable he’s been all season.”
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