Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 10/25/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Panthers 27, Eagles 16
October 25, 2015
Rounding out the NFL’s Week 7 Sunday schedule, we had an NFC battle between the Eagles and the Panthers. Philadelphia pulled out a big win over the Giants in their last outing, while Carolina shocked the Seahawks in Seattle during Week 6. Both teams were trending upward coming into this game.
Let’s check out some of the key players and stats from this one so that we can figure out exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out Week 8 to see what’s ahead for both teams.
What Happened: The Panthers were able to strike first here, posting a rushing score with Mike Tolbert from two yards out. It was his first carry of the game and put Carolina up 7-0. That was the only score of the first quarter.
In the second, Caleb Sturgis put the Eagles on the board with a 52-yard field goal, but Cam Newton responded with a 2-yard TD run to stave off Philly. Sturgis booted another one from 29 to make it 14-6 at the half.
After the break, Tolbert struck again on a 2-yard TD pass from Newton. The Eagles would show some late life on a Ryan Mathews 63-yard TD run and another Sturgis field goal to cut the lead to five after three quarters.
That was all the scoring Philly could muster, however, and Carolina would cap it on a pair of fourth-quarter field goals for a 27-16 win.
The Panthers remain undefeated at 6-0, while the Eagles fall to 3-4 with another bad showing.
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The Stars: Newton showed off his multidimensional skills here with 197 passing yards and 20 rush yards. He’d score once through the air and once on the ground. Jonathan Stewart led all rushers with 125 yards on 24 attempts.
Mathews would lead the Eagles on the ground with 97 yards and a TD on just six rushes.
The Goats: It wasn’t a great offensive showing for either team--Newton was picked off three times but the Philly offense couldn’t generate much off the turnovers. Eagles QB Sam Bradford had just 205 yards passing and an interception, while lead back DeMarco Murray could only muster 65 yards on his 18 totes. Bradford was sacked five times.
Neither team was great on third downs, either: the Eagles were 38 percent to Carolina’s 22 percent.
Injuries: More bad news for the Eagles on the injury front: Jason Peters, who is the team’s left tackle and a seven-time Pro-Bowler, sustained back spasms during the first quarter and had to be carted off the field.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 8, the Panthers will have another primetime game on Monday, November 2 against the Colts (8:30 PM ET on ESPN). The Eagles will be on a bye in Week 8 but will return Sunday, November 8 for a primetime matchup in Dallas against the Cowboys (8:30 PM ET on NBC).
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