The Philadelphia Eagles may have found themselves their latest quarterback of the future. And it’s one who looked like he has resurrected his career.
The Carolina Panthers have some issues that their quarterback needs to fix.
The clash of the two teams on Monday night was no contest, with the Eagles winning in a rout, 45-21.
Sanchez on the mark
Mark Sanchez had arguably the best game of his career from a statistical standpoint.
It’s the first time that he has thrown for at least 300 yards, had multiple touchdown passes and had no turnovers in the same game.
Newton vs. Sanchez
Passing more than 10 yards downfield
This was the ninth time that Sanchez threw for at least 300 yards in a game, the first since doing so in a game against the New England Patriots in 2012.
Sanchez specialized in downfield passing. The former New York Jet had a better completion percentage on throws of more than 10 yards downfield (64 percent) than he did on throws of 10 yards or fewer (48 percent) in this game.
Helping Sanchez was Jordan Matthews, with the second multi-touchdown effort of his career. Matthews also became the first player this season to have at least four catches and 70 yards on a single drive.
Versatility of scoring is key
The Eagles scored their first four touchdowns in four different ways: a rushing touchdown, a punt-return touchdown, a touchdown reception and an interception return for a touchdown.
The two return touchdowns gave the Eagles nine this season, the most they’ve ever had in a single season. According to Elias Sports Bureau research, the previous mark of eight was set in 1952.
The Eagles have now recorded at least one takeaway in 21 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.
An ugly game for Panthers, Newton
The Panthers became the fifth team this season to have a turnover on each of their first two drives of a game, joining the Saints, Bills, Titans and Eagles.
The pressure got to Newton in more ways than one. Newton was sacked a career-high nine times and had five passes that our video-review team charted as overthrows. His 53 overthrown passes this season are the most in the NFL. Andy Dalton and Nick Foles are tied for second with 46.
Elias notes that Newton is the first quarterback to throw three interceptions and be sacked at least eight times in a "Monday Night Football" game.
Newton is the first player to throw three interceptions, lose a fumble and get sacked at least eight times in any game since Tony Banks in 1998.