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Eagles snap three-game skid with 21-18 victory in Carolina

It took a blocked punt, three interceptions and the will of Jalen Hurts for the Eagles to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 21-18 win over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

T.J. Edwards burst up the middle to snuff Joseph Charlton’s punt, the first such Eagles snuff in four years. That gave the Eagles, trailing 18-13, a first down at the 27-yard line of the Panthers.

Three plays later Hurts waltzed into the end zone for a six-yard score on a run-pass option with 2:42 remaining to give the Eagles their first lead of the sunny afternoon.

Hurts then evaded a pass rusher and connected with DeVonta Smith in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion. Hurts’ 20-yard throw to Dallas Goedert set up his TD run.

“Today we had each other’s backs,” said Hurts, who was picked off once and didn’t throw a TD pass. “It was a complete team win. Special teams, the defense, the way they played, we persevered to win. We overcame. I’m happy we came together and found a way to win as a football team. We’re going to continue to grow. We’ve got a big one this week.”

The Eagles entertain Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday. Brady threw five scoring passes to lead the Bucs to a 45-17 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday.

The Eagles still have plenty of issues to iron out.

In the last 90 seconds Sunday, Hurts lifted off to convert a third-and-short after Miles Sanders twice ran out of bounds even though the Eagles were trying to kill the clock.

Steven Nelson’s interception of Sam Darnold with 2:03 remaining ended the threat for the Panthers (3-2), who lost their second straight game.

It was the third interception of the game for the Eagles (2-3) Darius Slay registering the others.

After a sorry first half, the Eagles woke up late in the third quarter.

The Eagles got within 15-13 on Hurts’ sneak in the frame, the run capping a march fueled by his 53-yard completion to Quez Watkins.

Prior to that, the Eagles and Panthers exchanged interceptions, Donte Jackson picking off Hurts and Slay pilfering Darnold. Smith lost a fumble for the Eagles as well.

The Panthers made it 18-13 on Zane Gonzalez’s 50-yard field goal with 8:33 left, the Eagles stopping their opponent on third-and-two at the Eagle 31-yard-line.

The Eagles dug themselves a 15-6 hole by the intermission, Greg Ward’s illegal pick taking a TD off the board and Hurts failing to see a super-wide open Watkins during a scramble late in the first half.

The good news was that Jake Elliott salvaged the last series with a massive 58-yard field goal, and the Panthers were unable to recover a bad snap by Jason Kelce in the end zone, limiting the damage to a safety.

The first-half highlights were all by the Eagle defense. Slay made the first of two interceptions. Javon Hargrave had a sack.

Hurts was 15 of 24 for 74 yards, a miserable 4.9-yards-per-attempt average.

Darnold threw a five-yard scoring pass to Tommy Tremble, catching the Eagles flat-footed in coverage.

Source: Berkshire mont

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