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

From FOX Sports - October 12, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)Carson Wentz continues to show poise beyond his years in his second NFL season.

Wentz threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns against one of the NFLs top defenses, and 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. 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.

Hes a great leader of this football team, even in his second year, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. Guys really respect the way he plays. Its exciting to see that.

Cam Newton threw three interceptions for Carolina (4-2).

The first two interceptions came inside Carolinas 20, but werent Newtons fault. He was hit by Fletcher Cox as he released one pass, and running back Jonathan Stewart bobbled another pass resulting in a pick. Newtons third interceptionby Jalen Mills with 3:06 leftended a chance for the go-ahead score.

Carolina had one last shot to win, but turned it over on downs at midfield.

Its disappointing because we had the opportunities, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. We cant kick field goals and beat good teams. We cant turn the ball over and not take it away.

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 wont 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 Carolinas next possession, intercepting Newtons pass after Cox crashed into Newton as he was throwing, causing the ball to float high into the air.

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