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           === Newton, Panthers hand Eagles seventh straight loss ===
 Philadelphia,  PA (Sports  Network) - Cam Newton passed for two touchdowns and
 ran for two  more as  the  Carolina Panthers  took  a 30-22  victory over  the
 Philadelphia Eagles in a battle between two last-place teams.
 Newton finished the game 18-for-28 with 306 yards through the air and added 52
 yards  on 14 carries  for the Panthers (3-8), who snapped a two-game slide but
 still sit  at the bottom  of the NFC South,  two games behind  third-place New
 Steve  Smith had four catches for 60 yards and became the 27th player all-time
 in the NFL to go over 11,000 receiving yards for his career. Gary Barnidge and
 Brandon LaFell had first-quarter touchdown catches in the win.
 "Lots of people contributed and made plays," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.
 Rookie  Bryce Brown made  his first career start in place of an injured LeSean
 McCoy and set a single-game rookie record for the Eagles (3-8) with 178 yards.
 He carried the ball 19 times and had two scores along with four catches for 11
 yards,  but had  a pair  of fumbles  in the  third quarter.  McCoy suffered  a
 concussion in last week's loss to Washington.
 Nick  Foles  made his  second straight  start under center  as Michael Vick is
 still recovering from a concussion. He went 16-for-21 in the game, but managed
 just  119  yards as  Philadelphia has  lost seven straight  for the first time
 since losing  the final  seven games  of the  1994 season  and sits  two games
 behind Washington and Dallas for last place in the NFC East.
 "It's definitely frustrating," Foles said.
 Trailing  by a point to start the second half, Carolina began it with the ball
 at  its own five after a  lipping penalty on  the kickoff.  On the third play,
 Newton went deep for Louis Murphy, who made a leaping catch in double coverage
 for a 55-yard gain.
 Newton  runs of 14 and nine yards got the ball down to the 5-yard line, and he
 finished  the drive with a leap over the pile as he stretched the ball over on
 a 1-yard score for a 21-15 lead with 9:13 to play in the third.
 Brown fumbled the ball on the Eagles' next possession, but the Eagles held the
 Panthers  to a  three-and-out and got the  ball back at their 31. On the third
 play,  Foles  went deep for  Jeremy Maclin, who didn't  make the catch but did
 draw the flag  for a 51-yard  pass interference  at the Carolina five.  On the
 next  play,  Brown turned the corner  around the right  end to give the team a
 22-21 lead with 3:30 to play in the third.
 Carolina  was  again held to  a three-and-out, but  Brown fumbled on the first
 snap  and the Panthers  got the ball back at the Philadelphia 45. The team got
 down to the Philadelphia five, but that was on fourth down and a 23-yard field
 goal from Graham Gano made it a 24-22 game with 12:40 to play.
 Philly  crossed midfield on its ensuing touch, but Brown was stopped on a 4th-
 and-1 to give the Panthers the ball back at their own 40.
 The Panthers used the short field to add to their lead and Smith got the drive
 started with a 31-yard catch on the first play. Following a 13-yard catch from
 Mike  Tolbert,  the Eagles were  penalized for  an offside and encroachment to
 give  the Panthers  an easy 10 yards and  put the ball at the 6-yard line. Two
 plays  later,  Newton took it in  himself. The extra point, though, was missed
 and it was a 30-22 contest with 4:40 to play.
 Brandon  Boykin had  a nice return on  the ensuing kickoff as he got 44 yards,
 but he was stripped of the ball and Carolina took over near midfield.
 The  team faced  a 2nd-and-14 after a  holding call and 6-yard catch by Smith,
 but  Mychal  Kendricks got  flagged for  holding to give  the Panthers a first
 down.  After forcing Philly to burn its final two timeouts, the Panthers faced
 a  3rd-and-4, converting it with a 10-yard catch by Murphy. The team converted
 one more first down then killed off the rest of the clock.
 "This  is  something that  I've never experienced  before," Maclin said. "Last
 year we were in the same position but this season feels a little different."
 The  Eagles moved  the ball  quickly on  the opening  possession of  the game,
 highlighted  by runs of seven and 19 yards from Brown. Brent Celek then made a
 16-yard  catch, hanging onto  the ball as he was hit to get it to the Carolina
 14.  The  drive stalled there,  though, as a  pair of incompletions from Foles
 sandwiched  a dropped  snap that  he recovered  and lost  four yards  on. Alex
 Henery hit a 36-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead just under four minutes in.
 Carolina came right back with an impressive opening drive, which included a 9-
 yard  and 14-yard  catch from Smith. From the Philly 24, Newton found Barnidge
 wide  open over  the middle in the end  zone for his first career TD and a 7-3
 Following  a quick  three-and-out from Philly, the Panthers went to work again
 and again took advantage of bad secondary play. On the third play of the drive
 from  the Eagles' 43, Newton hit a wide open LaFell near the 20 and he took it
 in untouched for a 14-3 lead with 3:36 left in the first.
 The  Eagles  answered with  a drive  that lasted into  the second quarter, but
 again  came  away with  just three  points. On the  first play, an unnecessary
 roughness  call on  Greg Hardy gave the  team a quick 15 yards and Brown later
 gained 19 on a direct snap that he took around the left end. After stalling at
 the 23, Henery hit a 41-yarder to make it a 14-6 game.
 The  Eagles defense  held Carolina on its  next touch and got the ball back at
 their  own 32.  On the second play,  Brown took a handoff around the right end
 and  raced  down the sideline,  getting into the  end zone just before getting
 tripped up for a 65-yard score, the first of his career. The team went for two
 points and failed for a 14-12 game with 10:56 to play in the half.
 Following another short possession from Carolina, the Eagles were able to take
 the  lead with a nine-play drive that covered just 35 yards, but it was enough
 for a 45-yard field goal from Henery for a 15-14 lead with 3:20 to play in the
                                   Game Notes
 Henery  was hit  19 straight  field goals  ... The  Eagles lost  wide receiver
 DeSean  Jackson  to a  sternum injury  and defensive tackle  Fletcher Cox to a
 tailbone injury in the first quarter. Both players had an X-ray that turned up
 negative ... Carolina lost running back Jonathan Stewart to an ankle injury in
 the  third quarter ... Maclin led Philadelphia receivers with five catches for
 55  yards  ... Carolina  controlled the  ball for  35:12 and outgained Philly,
 398-311  ...  Carolina snapped a  three-game losing streak to Philadelphia ...
 The Eagles play  in Dallas next Sunday night ... Carolina plays in Kansas City
 on Sunday.
 11/27 01:22:29 ET

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