With a game delay of about an hour due to lightning, it was hard for either team to get much going on offense. The starters played the entire first half but in the end the Philly backups were the ones who were able to put points on the board and win.
Carolina scored first when Philadelphia tried to fake a field goal attempt and was picked off by CB Richard Marshall who ran 78 yards for a touchdown. Jake Delhomme (9/14, 54 yards) started out poorly, throwing an apparent touchdown to Mushin Muhammad in the end zone which was overturned on review, and ended the first half with interception by Eagle Lito Sheppard. Delhomme did have his most significant playing time since the surgery to his right elbow last year. Kicker John Kasay scored a field goal from 28 yards about midway through the second quarter. RB DeAngelo Williams ran for 32 yards, the longest for 23 yards. Receiver Steve Smith was out with a broken nose.
Philadelphia was held scoreless for the first half. One highlight was a 27-yard punt return by rookie DeSean Jackson that was dropped, kicked forward for another 12 yards and then recovered by Philadelphia. Donovan McNabb (11/24, 98 yards) was almost picked off twice and did not get any points despite six possessions, primarily due to dropped passes by his receivers. David Akers also missed a 45 yard field goal attempt late in the second. Brian Westbrook ran for 14 yards on 5 attempts and receiver Reggie Brown left early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury.
Carolina started the third quarter with an interception but could not turn it into points for the team. Matt Moore (11/19, 85 yards) led a long drive in the final minute that was intercepted by Justin Roland for Phillyâ€™s final touchdown of the game.
Kevin Kolb (14/27,155 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) started the second half for the Eagles. Kolb wasnâ€™t able to really shine until about midway through the fourth quarter when he threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Greg Lewis for the Eaglesâ€™ first score. Kicker Richmond McGee then hit a field goal to bring Philly within three points. Philly took the lead after RB Tony Hunt (79 yards on five attempts) rushed for a touchdown.