Final

Eagles 38

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Panthers 10

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, September 13, 2009

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 3 28 7 038
CAR 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 79 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 13 CAR, 64 YDS

Receiving: D. Williams (CAR) - 4 REC, 42 YDS

Delhomme harassed into 5 turnovers as McNabb makes early exit in Eagles' win

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Donovan McNabb was walking gingerly to the locker room with a cracked rib about the same time Jake Delhomme was mercifully yanked after his fifth turnover.

Carolina Catastrophe

Jake Delhomme was booed off the field and the other Carolina QBs were not any better on Sunday against the Eagles. The worst came on the later downs, when Carolina completed 9 of 18 passes -- though four of them went to the Eagles.

Carolina QBs Sunday
Down 1st down Other downs
Cmp-att 4-8 5-18
Yds 40 40
TD-Int 0-1 0-4
Passer rating 25.0 0

It was the third quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-10 rout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and both franchises suddenly had big worries about their veteran quarterbacks. One was injured two weeks before Michael Vick is eligible to return, the other can't seem to throw it to the right team anymore.

With Delhomme increasing his two-game turnover total to 11, the Eagles' dominating defensive performance in their second straight season-opening rout was tempered by concerns about McNabb, who was crunched by several tacklers on a 3-yard touchdown run.

"He's sore right now. He's got a broken rib," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "We'll just see how he does over the next little bit."

With the suspended Vick watching from a luxury suite, Kevin Kolb finished at quarterback as the Eagles ran out the clock on a miserable day for the Panthers.

Reid wouldn't rule out McNabb, who did not speak to reporters, from playing next week against New Orleans.

"Don is very resilient," said running back Brian Westbrook, who caught one of McNabb's two touchdown passes. "He heals fast."

Fast Facts

• Donovan McNabb completed 10-of-18 passes for 79 yards with two touchdowns and an interception before leaving with a rib injury.

• Jake Delhomme was pulled from the game after throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble. Delhomme has four career games with four interceptions, which is tied for the third most among active players.

• The Panthers tied a team record with seven turnovers.

• DeSean Jackson recorded 106 punt return yards, including an 85-yard touchdown, the most by an Eagles' player in Week 1 in the last 50 seasons.

• The Eagles rushed for 185 yards, a mark they reached just twice in 2008.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

While Panthers coach John Fox hinted Delhomme will remain the starter, his teammates were peppered with questions about their confidence in the 34-year-old quarterback two years removed from reconstructive elbow surgery.

Playing his first meaningful game since throwing five interceptions and losing a fumble against Arizona in the playoffs, Delhomme was constantly under pressure and nearly as bad in a miserable start for the defending NFC South champions.

With the boos increasing before he was finally replaced by Josh McCown, Delhomme was 7 of 17 for 73 yards with four interceptions and a lost fumble. His passer rating was 14.7.

"I hope so," Delhomme said, when asked if he deserves to be the starter next week against Atlanta. "I'm not looking for the easy way out."

He may have to start since McCown left with knee and foot injuries. Third-stringer Matt Moore threw his own interception, one of Carolina's team record-tying seven turnovers.

"Offensively, we just sucked. Let's be honest," receiver Steve Smith said.

Victor Abiamiri picked up Delhomme's fumble and plunged 2 yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Moments later, DeSean Jackson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown -- the second longest in franchise history.

Delhomme soon collapsed under the relentless blitzing from the Eagles, who were playing their first game since the death of longtime defensive coordinator Jim Johnson from cancer.

Sheldon Brown had two of the interceptions and Akeem Jordan and Asante Samuel each had one on consecutive Delhomme throws in the third quarter.

"The combination of hitting him, and him throwing a couple picks, it seemed like he got a little streaky," linebacker Chris Gocong said. "We kind of got him on his heels a little bit. It was a tough day for him."

McNabb, who finished 10 of 18 for 79 yards, rumbled for a TD after the Jordan pick for the game's final score. He was on the ground for several minutes after a hard hit by several would-be tacklers. Vick, watching from Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's suite, looked concerned.

McNabb was moving slowly a few minutes later when he headed to the locker room. McNabb last year started all 16 games for the first time since 2003.

With Vick not eligible to return until Week 3 from penalties related to his dogfighting conviction, the Eagles could have uncertainty at quarterback next week against New Orleans.

Fresh off receiving a five-year, $42.5 million deal in the offseason that includes $20 million in guaranteed money, Delhomme and the Panthers may have bigger worries.

After DeAngelo Williams' 11-yard TD run on the opening drive, Delhomme imploded.

"He probably won't sleep very much tonight," Panthers receiver Muhsin Muhammad said. "It's a cruel environment and people only love you when you're winning in this league, in this game. Obviously he's having a tough time right now."

Game notes


A Vick protester outside the stadium more than 2 hours before kickoff had pictures of mistreated dogs taped to his body with a sign that said "Forgive This?" He was given little attention, save for a fan in an Eagles jersey who yelled, "Yeah, Michael Vick!" ... Panthers S Chris Harris (knee) was a late scratch. ... S Quintin Demps left with a hamstring injury. ... The Eagles beat St. Louis 38-3 in Week 1 last year. ... Ex-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue sat next to Panthers owner Jerry Richardson in his luxury box.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
CAR
1st Downs1714
Passing 1st downs
78
Rushing 1st downs
94
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
5-133-16
4th down efficiency
1-22-3
Total Plays6369
Total Yards267169
Yards per play4.22.4
Total Drives1415
Passing8283
Comp-Att
17-2914-34
Yards per pass
2.62.1
Interceptions thrown
15
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-205-55
Rushing18586
Rushing Attempts
3230
Yards per rush
5.82.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-31-3
Penalties9-765-30
Turnovers27
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
15
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20
Possession31:3728:23

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb10/18794.4210-0
Kolb7/11232.1002-20
CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Moore6/11635.7011-10
Delhomme7/17734.3043-39

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook13644.9017
McCoy9465.1011
CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams14372.6111
Stewart11353.208

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Celek6376.219
Curtis22613.0015
CARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams44210.5020
Muhammad44110.3017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHICAR
carTD7:02Deangelo Williams 11 Yard Run (John Kasay Kick is Good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 70 yds, 8:06
07
phiFG0:53David Akers 49 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:48
37
SECOND QUARTERPHICAR
phiTD15:00Victor Abiamiri 2 Yard Fumble Return (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, -23 yds, 1:01
107
phiTD11:14Desean Jackson 85 Yard Punt Return (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 85 yds, 0:00
177
phiTD10:01Brent Celek 9 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 9 yds, 0:00
247
phiTD3:22Brian Westbrook 4 Yard Pass From Donovan Mcnabb (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 74 yds, 4:27
317
carFG1:45John Kasay 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 1:34
3110
THIRD QUARTERPHICAR
phiTD7:07Donovan Mcnabb 3 Yard Run (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 10 yds, 1:22
3810