PHILADELPHIA, PA (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Carolina Panthers made an epic comeback on Sunday, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17 after being down throughout the first three quarters.
The game got off to a rocky start for Carolina, with a penalty on Eric Reid for roughing Eagles' quarterback Carson Wentz, followed by a tiff with Malcolm Jenkins.
Rookie Rashaan Gaulden made a heavy hit on tight end Dallas Goedert, but it wasn't enough to stop the Eagles offense from making it to field goal range. Luckily for the Panthers, kicker Jake Elliott went wide, leaving the score at 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The first touchdown of the game came from Eagles' Alshon Jeffrey at the start of the second. Mario Addison came back strong for Carolina with a sack on Wentz, but a 46-yard field goal kept the Panthers behind at 0-10 by the half.
The third quarter looked much like the first two, with some solid work by the Panthers' offense, but not quite enough to score. The real action began in the fourth quarter, with 21 points for the Panthers and no return for the Eagles.
Curtis Samuel ran the first touchdown in for Carolina, making a clean catch from Newton. While Gano missed the extra point, the six seemed to energize the entire offensive line.
Funchess was the next to score for the Panthers, and after a successful two-point conversion, the score had gone from 0-17 to 14-17. Boom.
The touchdown that sealed the deal for the Panthers was a catch by Greg Olsen. With a sharp eye and a quick arm, Newton found Olsen in the end zone, bringing what had been a losing game back to the Carolinians.
While Olsen gave us the TD, we can't forget the critical 34-yard catch by Torrey Smith on the fourth down that allowed us to score. This was a strong day for offense.
Newton-- once again-- showed that there's more to a QB than meets the eye as he passed, ran and even defended throughout the game. Both as a player and a leader, he continues to show why the Panthers are one of the top-rated teams in the league.