Final

Panthers 13

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Eagles 24

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

8:00 PM ET, August 14, 2008

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
CAR 7 3 0 313
PHI 0 0 0 2424

Delhomme reps injured elbow as Panthers fall to Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jake Delhomme fired a pass over the middle for a touchdown that was overturned. The result didn't matter so much. Delhomme's surgically repaired right elbow passed the test.

Delhomme was 9-of-14 for 54 yards in his first real action since ligament-replacement surgery in October, but Tony Hunt's 51-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left led Philadelphia to a 24-13 victory over Carolina on Thursday night.

"We didn't have four of our top six receivers, but I thought Jake operated pretty good for the [weather] conditions," Panthers coach John Fox said. "It wasn't ideal as far as the offensive passing game."

The game was delayed 58 minutes because of lightning in the first quarter. Both teams looked sloppier than the field conditions.

Donovan McNabb and the Eagles' first-team offense failed to produce any points in six possessions. The starters lined up for a pair of field goals and came away down seven points.

Richard Marshall returned an interception off a fake field goal 78 yards for a score in the first quarter. He stepped in front of holder Sav Rocca's shovel pass intended for Brent Celek, avoided kicker David Akers' attempted tackle and raced to the end zone to put Carolina ahead 7-0.

With Philadelphia down 13-0 in the fourth quarter, Kevin Kolb rallied the Eagles. He led the winning drive from Philadelphia's 15. Kolb moved the Eagles to the 49 on passes of 23, 7 and 4 yards. Then Hunt took a handoff, burst up the middle, broke a tackle, cut to his left and raced in for the score to put the Eagles ahead 17-13.

A third-round pick who saw little action last season, Hunt is fighting for a roster spot. He significantly helped his chances with that run.

"Every time you step on the field, you want to do something positive," Hunt said. "I just want to show I can contribute on special teams and running the ball."

Matt Moore drove the Panthers deep into Philadelphia territory in the final minute, but Justin Roland intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 74 yards for a TD to seal the win.

Delhomme threw just one pass last week in his first game since his elbow operation. He showed plenty of zip on a 10-yard strike to Muhsin Muhammad that was initially ruled a TD. But Muhammad bobbled the ball after taking a hard shot from safety Brian Dawkins, and the call was reversed.

After the challenge, John Kasay kicked a 28-yard field goal to make it 10-0. Kasay added a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter for a 13-0 lead.

"I took a tough shot. I'm a little buzzing right now," Muhammad said. "It was one of those things. I was just trying to make a play and I took a shot. My head isn't as bad a problem. I think I hurt my ribs on that play. It hurts a little more than I thought I would. I pulled myself out after that."

Kolb tossed a 33-yard TD pass to Greg Lewis to cut it to 13-7 with 6:41 left. Richmond McGee's 40-yard field goal got the Eagles within 13-10.

Both teams played most of their starters the entire first half, despite the lengthy delay.

McNabb finished 11-of-24 for 98 yards against a secondary that was missing three starters. He didn't get much help from his receivers, who dropped about six passes.

"We had too many drops," coach Andy Reid said. "You can't drop that many balls and expect to move the ball consistently."

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In the rain, the Eagles mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Panthers 24-13.

McNabb led the offense to 10 points in two series in the preseason opener at Pittsburgh last Friday.

"I think consistency is key for us," he said. "When we sustain drives and move the ball down field, we have to come out with touchdowns. That's the most important thing in this game."

Kolb was 14-for-27 for 155 yards, one TD and one interception.

All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel, who got a $58 million, six-year contract from the Eagles in free agency, saw his first action after missing most of camp with a hamstring injury. He broke up a pass to Muhammad the first time Delhomme looked his way.

Eagles rookie DeSean Jackson had a 27-yard punt return into Carolina territory in the second quarter. Jackson fumbled after a hard hit from Dante Wesley, but Matt Schobel recovered for the Eagles at the Panthers 40. The offense stalled and David Akers missed a 45-yarder.

Lito Sheppard gave the offense another chance by intercepting a pass late in the second quarter, but McNabb threw three straight incomplete passes from Carolina's 45. Two of the passes were dropped.

The Panthers were missing cornerbacks Ken Lucas (nose) and Chris Gamble (hamstring) and strong safety Chris Harris (groin). Wide receiver Steve Smith (concussion) also didn't play.

Left tackle Tra Thomas (back) and defensive end Chris Clemons (calf) were the notable absences for the Eagles.

Game notes


Eagles WR Reggie Brown left with a hamstring injury during the first series. LG Todd Herremans moved to tackle to take Thomas' spot and Scott Young filled in for Herremans. ... Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, a first-round pick, sat out following his offseason toe surgery. ... Jackson had seven catches for 71 yards. ... Brian Westbrook, who didn't play after signing a new contract before the Eagles played the Steelers, carried five times for 14 yards. ... Reid said RG Shawn Andrews could practice Saturday. Andrews reported this week after missing most of camp because of depression.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Carolina
Philadelphia
1st Downs1320
3rd down efficiency
4-167-17
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Yards212386
Yards per play3.55.1
Total Drives10
Passing134247
Comp-Att
20-3325-52
Yards per pass
4.14.8
Interceptions thrown
22
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-51-6
Rushing78139
Rushing Attempts
2722
Yards per rush
2.96.3
Penalties7-398-85
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
22
Possession29:1230:48

Passing Leaders

CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Moore11/19854.5011-5
Delhomme9/14543.9010-0
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kolb14/271555.7111-6
McNabb11/24984.1000-0

Rushing Leaders

CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams8324.0023
Goings7273.9010
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunt57915.8151
Booker6254.2017

Receiving Leaders

CARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thompson4307.5011
Birmingham22713.5016
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson77110.1019
Lewis34414.7133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARPHI
TD00:47Richard Marshall 78 Yd Interception Return (John Kasay Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERCARPHI
FG07:04John Kasay 28 Yd 100
FOURTH QUARTERCARPHI
FG08:34John Kasay 49 Yd 130
TD06:41Greg Lewis 33 Yd Pass From Kevin Kolb (Richmond Mcgee Kick) 137
FG06:11Richmond Mcgee 40 Yd 1310
TD02:15Tony Hunt 51 Yd Run (Richmond Mcgee Kick) 1317
TD00:10Justin Roland 74 Yd Interception Return (Richmond Mcgee Kick) 1324