Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles game recap: Everything we know

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Behind a largely dominant defensive stand throughout the afternoon, the Carolina Panthers should’ve been well on their way to their fourth win of the 2021 season. (Note that we said “should’ve.”)

So, yeah, it didn’t exactly go that way. Here’s everything you need to know about the Panthers’ deflating Week 5 showing against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Final score: Eagles 21, Panthers 18

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Keys to the game

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  • Carolina’s defense kept them in control for the majority of this matchup. The unit held Philadelphia to under 60 rushing yards and 182 passing yards before the visitors’ final possession to ice the win.

  • Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold trusted his arm strength over his mind. That approach didn’t pay off. He threw three ill-advised interceptions, two to Eagles cornerback Darius Slay, that helped cripple the offense’s performance.

  • Head coach Matt Rhule got a sloppy overall performance from his guys. They allowed a blocked punt, relinquished three sacks and picked up more flags (nine to six) than the most penalized team in the NFL.

It was over when . . .

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The third and final pick from Darnold gave the Eagles the ball back up three with 2:03 left in the game. They then pounded their way through the Panthers defense to clinch the come-from-behind victory.

A one-yard push by quarterback Jalen Hurts gave Philadelphia a new set of downs at the 1:24 mark at the Carolina 9-yard line. By then, Rhule and the Panthers only had a single timeout to burn.

Players of the game

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  • CB Donte Jackson: six tackles, one interceptions, one forced fumble

  • DE/LB Haason Reddick: eight tackles, 2.0 sacks

  • RB Chuba Hubbard: 24 carries, 101 rushing yards, five receptions, 33 receiving yards

What's next?

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The now 3-2 Panthers will stay at home and try to snap their two-game losing streak to the visiting 2-3 Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. Hopefully, by then, that jersey in the photo above will also be worn on the field by the missing Christian McCaffrey.

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