CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Carolina Panthers lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 28-23 in their Thursday night home game.
Before the game even began, people were packing in around the Bank of America Stadium for a 'kneel-in' protest that was meant to engage the Carolina Panthers and CMPD in dialogue concerning racial injustice and inequality.
The protest ended peacefully shortly after the national anthem was played.
Inside the stadium, the game started off as a deadlock with both teams scoring field goals in the first quarter.
Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers picked up a sack early on in the game, which led to a fumble and a recovery by Carolina.
Running back Fozzy Whitaker went down with an injury to the right ankle during the first quarter.
The Panthers picked up their first touchdown in the second quarter, taking the lead 10-3. This was quickly followed by an Eagles touchdown, bringing the game back to a tie at the end of the second quarter.
This was also when linebacker Luke Kuechly took a bad hit to the neck from an Eagles offensive lineman and had to be pulled from the game for concussion protocol.
The third quarter got lopsided as the Eagles picked up a touchdown, a two-point conversion and a field goal compared to Carolina's one field goal. The third quarter ended at 21-16.
In the fourth, both teams picked up a touchdown, but the Eagles defense proved to tough for Carolina to make the final game-winning points they needed, ending the game at 28-23.