Eagles stop Panthers in matchup of first place teams

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Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 12, 2017 (AFP Photo/GRANT HALVERSON)

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 12, 2017

Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 12, 2017 (AFP Photo/GRANT HALVERSON)

Los Angeles (AFP) - The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll, becoming the first National Football League team to reach five wins with a 28-23 defeat of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

Playing on just three days rest, the Eagles improved to 5-1 for the first time since 2014 by beating the Panthers in a showdown between two first place NFC teams at the Bank of America Stadium.

Quarterback Carson Wentz completed 16 of 30 passes for 220 yards and threw three touchdown passes for the second game in a row as he stacked up well against the Carolina defence.

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Wentz tossed four touchdowns for the first time in his career on Sunday in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was coming off a pair of sterling outings, didn't have his best stuff as he finished 28-for-51 for 239 yards and three interceptions.

Carolina dropped to 4-2 on the season. The Panthers needed to go 69 yards in 2:03 on their final drive in the fourth quarter but they reached the Philadelphia 48 before a failed fourth-and-one pass with 82 seconds left.

The Panthers lost linebacker Luke Kuechly, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in the second quarter. He was placed in the concussion protocol.

The Eagles drove into Carolina territory on the game's first possession, but were thwarted by Wentz's fumble. It marked only the second game this year Philadelphia didn't score on its opening possession.

The Eagles opened the scoring on Jake Elliott's 50-yard field goal. Carolina's Graham Gano tied it later in the first quarter with a 39-yarder.

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