Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and also ran for two scores as the Carolina Panthers won 30-22 in Philadelphia, sending the Eagles to their seventh consecutive National Football League loss.
The Panthers outscored the Eagles 9-0 in the fourth quarter last night at Lincoln Financial Field to erase a 22-21 deficit and improve to 3-8 on the season. It was Carolina’s second victory in its past nine games.
“We’ve just got to get that swagger back, get that confidence back and finish the season strong,” Newton, who finished with 306 passing yards and ran for 52 more on 14 carries, said in a televised interview.
The Eagles slumped to 3-8 and their losing skid is their longest since dropping the final seven games of the 1994 season.
Rookie running back Bryce Brown rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns for Philadelphia, yet also had two of the Eagles’ three fumbles. The Eagles also lost wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the first quarter with a chest injury.
Newton helped the Panthers jump out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Gary Barnidge and a 43- yard scoring toss to Brandon Lafell.
Newton added a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter after the Eagles fought back to take a 15-14 lead and scored from two yards out with four minutes, 40 seconds to play to push the Panthers’ advantage to 30-22.
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