After Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, one could safely say that it was not a good day for the starting quarterbacks for either club – in this case the Eagles’ Donovan McNabb and the Panthers’ Jake Delhomme. Those issues aside, a combination of a dominant performance by the Philadelphia squad and 4 interceptions by Delhomme enabled the Eagles to demolish the Panthers 38-10 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The issue was pretty much decided as the Eagles would score four times in the second quarter – a pair of touchdown passes by McNabb within 6 1/2 minutes of each other, a fumble return by defensive end Victor Abriamiri and an 85-yard punt return by DeSean Jackson for a score boosted Philadelphia to a big 31-10 lead at halftime, a lead that the Eagles would not relinquish. But they would pay a price for such dominance.
McNabb suffered a rib injury on his third quarter score when he was pancaked by several Panthers linemen; Kevin Kolb came in to finish the game. But Delhomme, I can honestly say, truly stunk up BofA as hr threw five interceptions (7 total Carolina turnovers during the game) and was replaced by Josh McCown; however, it got worse for the Panthers. McCown was taken to the locker room shortly thereafter with a knee injury and would be replaced by third-stringer Matt Moore.
But when the smoke cleared, the Eagles dominated on both sides of the ball as they held the Panthers to 169 total yards of offense. McNabb went 10-of-18 for only 79 yards with 2 TD’s and a pick while Delhomme went 7-for-17 for only 73 yards along with 4 INT’s. Meanwhile, Brian Westbrook led all Eagles rushers with 64 yards on 13 carries while LeSean McCoy added 46 yards on only 9 rushing attempts; DeAngelo Williams led the Panthers rushing attack with 37 yards on 14 carries while Jonathan Stewart pitched in with 11 rushes for 35 yards.
Receiving numbers weren’t that great for either clubs or their wideouts, for that matter, as tight end Brad Celek led all Eagles receivers with six receptions for 37 yards; the Panthers were led by Williams as he caught 4 passes for 42 yards while wide receiver caught 4 passes for 41 yards.
As previously noted, McNabb left the game with a rib injury; once further information is available, NFL Gridiron Gab will bring it to you. Philadelphia (1-0) returns home to play again next Sunday when they host the 1-0 New Orleans Saints while Carolina (0-1) makes the short trip to Atlanta to face the 1-0 Falcons – also on Sunday.