The Carolina Panthers trailed 17-0 on Sunday for the second week in a row. However, they outscored the Philadelphia Eagles 21-0 in the fourth quarter, completing the largest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history.
Nothing seemed to be going right for the Panthers through three quarters, but they completely dominated the final quarter. In the process, they earned their first road win of the season and improved to 4-2 on the season, just one game behind the New Orleans Saints for first place in the NFC South.
Carolina has now won three of its past five meetings with Philadelphia, but Sunday’s victory was particularly noteworthy. After all, the Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champions, although they are just 3-4 this season.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was certainly happy with the way his team played in the final quarter. Here’s what he had to say, via panthers.com:
“This is special just because it’s the defending champs. We talk about wanting to be the champs. You got to beat those guys and, today we had that opportunity. When you win this type of game, coming back the way we did, a lot of credit goes to our guys. The players in this room were terrific.”
Rivera and the Panthers obviously hope Sunday’s win galvanizes the team and is a springboard to better play moving forward. And it’s altogether possible that things will turn out that way, as Carolina is just two failed fourth-quarter comebacks away from being undefeated.
Here’s a look at the Panthers’ three best performances from their Week 7 win over the Eagles.
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