Final Game Grade: B-
The Carolina Panthers defense was aided by two Bryce Brown fumbles, although they deserve the credit for forcing and recovering them. Charles Johnson, Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly each contributed to those fumbles in one way or another and should be praised for their continued hard work.
Safety Sherrod Martin was all over the field, as he compiled seven tackles, two pass deflections and a handful of big hits.
The Panthers defense was excellent on third down, as the Eagles only converted on 25 percent of those attempts.
Carolina's defense did just enough to win this game, which is all you need to do in the NFL.
Fourth Quarter: B+
The Panthers defenders have wisely been ordered to try to force a fumble whenever Bryce Brown carries the ball.
Frank Alexander made the biggest stop of the game, as he stopped Bryce Brown short of a first down on a crucial 4th-and-1 with 8:35 left in the game.
Carolina's defense did not come back on the field after that stop, as the Panthers offense dominated the game and the special teams unit recovered a fumble on a kickoff.
Third Quarter: B-
Luke Kuechly came up with the first turnover of the game, as he recovered a Bryce Brown fumble.
Haruki Nakamrua was flagged for defensive pass interference call, as he was jostling with Jeremy Maclin. The penalty was for 50-yards and gave the Eagles a first-and-goal from the five-yardline.
After a slow third quarter due the Panthers offense dominating the ball, the defense committed a crippling penalty and quickly surrendered the lead.
At the end of the third quarter, Brown fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Thomas Davis.
Since the first quarter, the Eagles offense has moved the ball against Carolina without much trouble. However, the Panthers defense did force two turnovers in the quarter, which has kept them in the game.
Second Quarter: D-
The Panthers defense allowed the Eagles to sustain a couple of drives that ended in points in two of their first three drives. However, Carolina forced field goals on each occasion as they bent but did not break.
Bryce Brown has hurt the Panthers far more than Nick Foles, as Brown broke a 65-yard touchdown run. On the run, Brown took the ball right and found a hole to the outside, once he found open space, Brown outran the Panthers defense.
If the Panthers run defense cannot contain Brown, then this game will likely be a back-and-forth contest until the final whistle.
Josh Norman almost took a Foles pass attempt for a pick-six, but he was an instant late and could not come up with the interception.
The Eagles put 12 points on the board in the second quarter, as the Panthers run defense has been made a mockery of in the first half.
Brown carried the ball eight times for 133 yards in the first half, which is an average of 16.6 yards per rush.
Carolina's defense forced the Eagles to go three-and-out on their final drive of the half, but that was not enough to make up for the poor quarter prior.
The Panthers dropped three potential interceptions, which is something that winning football teams do not do.
First Quarter: B
The Philadelphia Eagles offense is starting five first-year players against the Carolina Panthers, which should prove to be a serious advantage for the Panthers.
On his first two rushing attempts of the game, Eagles rookie running back Bryce Brown's picked up two first downs.
After a couple errant throws by Nick Foles, the Panthers forced the Eagles to settle for a field goal.
On the Eagles first drive, Foles completed three of his five passes for 40 yards. Even more than that success, it is clear that the speedy Eagles receivers are gong to be able to get open against the Panthers young secondary.
The Panthers defense forced the Eagles offense to go three-and-out on their second drive, as a Greg Hardy sack on second down doomed Philly's drive. Hardy's first sack of the evening was his eighth in his last nine games.
On the Eagles next drive, Hardy was flagged for Unnecessary Roughness when he flatted tight end Brent Celek.
The Panthers defense surrendered 100 yards in the opening quarter, but they ended the first frame with an 11-point lead so all is well .