Final

Panthers 30

(3-8, 2-3 away)

Eagles 22

(3-8, 2-4 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:30 PM ET, November 26, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
CAR 14 0 7 930
PHI 3 12 7 022

Top Performers

Passing: C. Newton (CAR) - 306 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Brown (PHI) - 19 CAR, 178 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. LaFell (CAR) - 3 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Cam Newton runs for 2 TDs, throws for 2 more as Panthers sink Eagles

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- This was the Cam Newton who was the talk of the NFL last season.

Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC.

Newton, who hadn't played up to his sensational rookie season, showed no signs of a sophomore slump against Philadelphia's porous pass defense. He finished 18-of-28 for 306 yards and had a passer rating of 125.

"I think my best game is still to come," Newton said. "I'm still focused on getting better each and every week."

Philadelphia's Bryce Brown set a club rookie record with 178 yards rushing, including TD runs of 65 and 5 yards, but the Eagles (3-8) still lost their seventh straight game.

Brown, filling in for injured running back LeSean McCoy, surpassed Correll Buckhalter's rookie mark of 134 yards rushing in his first start since his senior year at Wichita East High School in 2008. But Brown also lost two fumbles, including one in Panthers territory.

Fellow rookie Nick Foles was so-so in his second straight start for Michael Vick, who sat out with a concussion. Foles was 16-of-21 for 119 yards.

"The most important thing for me was for us to get the win, and that didn't happen tonight," Brown said. "I felt like a lot of that had to do with my two turnovers. It really, really cost us."

Carolina (3-8) went ahead 24-22 early in the fourth quarter on Graham Gano's 23-yard field goal.

Then the Panthers finally stopped Brown when it mattered most, stuffing him on a fourth-and-1 to take over on downs at their 40. Newton led them downfield, running in from the 2 to make it 30-22. Gano, signed last week, missed the extra point. But Brandon Boykin fumbled after a 44-yard kickoff return, and the Panthers recovered and held the ball the final 4:29.

"It's been a long time in coming," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "Lots of people contributed and made plays. Real proud of what we did and the things we did to give ourselves a chance to win."

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, lived up to the hype by throwing for 4,051 yards with 21 TD passes and 14 TDs on the ground in his first year. He entered this game with only nine TD passes and four TDs rushing, a major disappointment for Panthers fans.

But Newton outshined a rookie seventh-round pick in his Monday night debut.

"We took some plays off his plate and really tried to balance it out and spread it among other players, and he has really responded very well to those things," Rivera said. "I think we had to interpret it as giving him a breath once in a while. These last few weeks, he's played like the guy we believe he could become."

Newton had a 24-yard TD toss over the middle to a wide-open Gary Barnidge for a 7-3 lead. He connected with Brandon LaFell on a 43-yard pass to make it 14-3 later in the first quarter. LaFell was wide open on the play, taking advantage of another breakdown in coverage in the secondary.

Since Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, the Eagles have allowed 13 passing touchdowns and haven't had an interception in five games.

Newton led a 95-yard drive to open the third quarter, finishing it off with a 1-yard leap to give the Panthers a 21-15 lead. Newton hit Louis Murphy for a 55-yard gain on a second-and-11 from Carolina's 16.

A 51-yard pass interference call on Haruki Nakamura on Foles' deep pass to Jeremy Maclin put Philadelphia at the Panthers' 5. Brown then ran in for the go-ahead score.

Brown broke loose early in the second quarter to get Philadelphia within 14-12. Brown started up the middle, cut outside and outran the defense down the right sideline for the seventh-longest TD run by a Philadelphia rookie. The Eagles inexplicably tried a 2-point conversion and failed.

"Bryce did what we thought he could do," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He's a talented kid. It's a shame he had the two fumbles. He was on a roll. Those things cost you. He'll learn from it. He's got a great future."

Alex Henery's 45-yard field goal gave them a 15-14 lead. Henery kicked a 41-yarder to cut it to 14-6 in the second quarter. It was his 18th straight field goal, setting a team record.

The Eagles haven't won since beating the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants to go 3-1, leaving fans and media to speculate about Reid's job. Owner Jeffrey Lurie already has said that an 8-8 record would be "unacceptable" this year. The Eagles would have to finish 5-0 just to get there.

"I'm not worried about all the other things," Reid said. "We haven't talked about that. He's been supportive. Obviously he's competitive and wants to win games."

Fans known for their hostile behavior have become apathetic toward their beloved Eagles. The Linc was about one-third empty for pregame introductions, and plenty of seats remained empty at the start. There were boos early when the Eagles fell behind, but they lacked the usual luster.

The Panthers have shown they're better than their record. They have lost six games by less than a touchdown, including a 2-point loss at Atlanta and a 1-point loss at Chicago.

"It's a huge stage, 'Monday Night Football,' on the road," tackle Jordan Gross said. "It was just big for us and big for the guys on the team who haven't experienced something like this."

The injury-depleted Eagles lost wide receiver DeSean Jackson (sternum) and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (tail bone) in the first half.

Game notes


Neither Vick nor McCoy has been cleared to return to practice. ... The Eagles inducted five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent and longtime front-office executive Leo Carlin into the team's Hall of Fame at halftime. ... Brown's 65-yard TD run was the longest for the Eagles since McCoy's 66-yarder against the New York Giants on Nov. 1, 2009. ... Buckhalter had 134 yards rushing versus Arizona on Oct. 7, 2001. ... Newton led the Panthers with 52 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAR
PHI
1st Downs2418
Passing 1st downs
124
Rushing 1st downs
1012
1st downs from Penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
6-122-8
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays6548
Total Yards398311
Yards per play6.16.5
Total Drives1210
Passing289107
Comp - Att
18-2816-21
Yards per pass
10.35.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-171-12
Rushing109204
Rushing Attempts
3526
Yards per rush
3.17.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-41-2
Penalties6-1015-30
Turnovers03
Fumbles lost
03
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession35:1224:48

Passing Leaders

CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Newton18/2830610.9202-17
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Foles16/211195.7001-12

Rushing Leaders

CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Newton14523.7214
Stewart8273.4012
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown191789.4265
Lewis5244.8011

Receiving Leaders

CARRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
LaFell37424.71437
Murphy26532.50552
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Maclin55511.00157
Celek2199.50163

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARPHI
phiFG11:12Alex Henery 36 Yd 03
carTD06:12Gary Barnidge 24 Yd Pass From Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick) 73
carTD03:36Brandon LaFell 43 Yd Pass From Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick) 143
SECOND QUARTERCARPHI
phiFG14:15Alex Henery 41 Yd 146
phiTD10:56Bryce Brown 65 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1412
phiFG03:20Alex Henery 45 Yd 1415
THIRD QUARTERCARPHI
carTD09:13Cam Newton 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick) 2115
phiTD03:30Bryce Brown 5 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 2122
FOURTH QUARTERCARPHI
carFG12:40Graham Gano 23 Yd 2422
carTD04:40Cam Newton 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 3022

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Bryce Brown ran for 142 yards before contact Monday, tied for the fourth most by any player in a game this season. Brown had nearly as many yards before contact Monday as LeSean McCoy had in the previous four games combined (148).
Cam Newton was 5-5 for 176 yards and two touchdowns on passes traveling 15 or more yards downfield Monday. His 35.2 yards per attempt on such throws is the second-highest by any quarterback in a game during the last two seasons (min. five attempts).
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Cam Newton had two rushing touchdowns on goal-to-go situations Monday, giving him six for the season. During the last two seasons, Newton's 15 touchdowns in those situations are tied for second most in the league and nine more than the next closest quarterback (Tom Brady - 6).
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Bryce Brown rushed eight times for 116 yards outside the tackles Monday, becoming the second player this season to accumulate 100 such yards in a game (Jamaal Charles - 121 in Week 3 vs. Saints). Brown had 95 yards outside the tackles in the first half, more than teammate LeSean McCoy had in any game this season.
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Don't blame Nick Foles... His completion percentage of 76.2 was the 2nd-highest in a loss by an Eagles quarterback in the Super Bowl era (min. 20 attempts)
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Cam Newton is the 5th player with 2 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing touchdowns on Monday Night Football...
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From Elias: Bryce Brown's 178 rush yards are the 5th-most since the merger by a player in his first career start.
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Bryce Brown's 178 rush yards were the 4th most ever by a rookie on Monday Night Football. The record is 221 set by Bo Jackson in 1987.
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