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Eagles Late Surge Overcomes Panthers 24-13 in Philly

The Carolina Panthers were defeated 24-13 by the Philadelphia Eagles on a soggy, lightning-ladened night at Lincoln Financial Field, in Philadelphia. Carolina was having a lackluster start on offense when ten minutes into the first quarter, the game was delayed for almost an hour due to lightning. The Panthers played much better after the wait; however the only touchdown of the game for the Panthers came from the defense. With around a minute to go in the first quarter, the Eagles lined up for a (fake) field goal, and standout cornerback Richard Marshall rushed in to block it, and instead came out with an intercepted shovel pass, which he then returned to the endzone.

While amassing over two hundred yards on the ground against the Colts, they managed only a paltry seventy-eight yards against the stingy Eagle defense. Prized first round draft pick Jonathan Stewart gained just three yards on four carries in his debut, and DeAngelo Willams was held to thirty-two yards rushing, with thirteen receiving. Jake Delhomme was nine of fourteen for fifty-four yards, with one interception in heavy rain. He hit Mushin Muhammad in the endzone during the second quarter, but Moose took a vicious hit from Brian Dawkins, and unfortunately was not able to hold onto the ball. The veteran receiver did not return to the game, and complained of a headache and sore ribs. This is especially not good news for a team that is seemingly losing receivers at a rapid rate.

After playing the entire second half, backup quarterback Matt Moore completed eleven of nineteen passes for eighty-five yards, and one interception. It was a particularly costly one, as the Panthers were trying to come back and win the game with twenty-four seconds left, and rookie Eagle Justin Roland picked off a tipped pass, and returned it seventy-four yards to the endzone.

The Carolina defense held Philadelphia scoreless for three quarters; Jon Beason returned from an ankle injury, and looked stellar as usual, along with cornerback Richard Marshall. Rookie safety Charles Godfrey played well, and newly acquired left end Tyler Brayton had a very nice stop early in the first quarter; Julius Peppers was not as dominant in this game as the last.

Donovan McNabb was not very effective for the Eagles, but in his defense he was missing key receivers, as was Carolina, and, moreover his corps had a difficult time catching the ball in the rain. Rookie receiver/punt returner DeSean Jackson was the highlight of the game for Philly, and backup QB Kevin Kolb sparked the team to gain an incredible twenty-four points in the fourth quarter. Clearly Philadelphia’s third teamers and backups dominated the Panthers’.

Not a great finish for Carolina, given that if Moose’s catch had not been reversed, they would have been up 17-0; but John Fox seemed to be happy enough to leave Philly with his team relatively unscathed.

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