Chargers make last-second field goal to beat Raiders 17-16


Welcome to NFL Week 6.

The Rams (4-2) held on for a victory in Jacksonville over the Jaguars (3-3) while the Chargers (2-4) finally made a last-second field goal to beat the Raiders (2-4) in Oakland.

Chargers get the field goal they need to beat the Raiders 17-16

Chargers kicker Nick Novak is surrounded by his teammates after making a 32-yard field goal to beat the Oakland Raiders as time expired.
(Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Nick Novak kicked a 32-yard field goal on the final play of the game and the Los Angeles Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio to beat the Oakland Raiders 17-16 on Sunday.

The Chargers (2-4) had been done in by poor kicks this season, losing twice on misses by former kicker Younghoe Koo. Novak missed a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, but it was a missed extra point by Tavecchio — after a high snap by Jon Condo early in the fourth quarter — that proved to be the difference in a fourth straight loss by the Raiders (2-4).

Philip Rivers took over at his 8 with 4:09 to play and used two long passes to Hunter Henry to move the Chargers into field-goal range. Five straight runs by Melvin Gordon and two kneeldowns moved the ball to the 14 and drained the clock, setting the stage for Novak’s winning kick.

The Raiders had taken the lead on a 47-yard end-around by Cordarrelle Patterson, but that and the return of quarterback Derek Carr weren’t enough to end this slide. Oakland last lost four in a row during an 0-10 start in 2014.

Carr, who missed last week’s game with a broken bone in his back, threw for just 171 yards with two interceptions and a touchdown.

Rivers went 25 for 36 for 268 yards with one touchdown. Gordon ran for 83 yards and scored twice.


Rams beat back the Jaguars 27-17

Rams' Pharoh Cooper (10) celebrates a 103-yard touchdown kickoff return against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half Sunday.
Rams’ Pharoh Cooper (10) celebrates a 103-yard touchdown kickoff return against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half Sunday.
(Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press)

A long road trip got a lot more enjoyable for the Rams.

A 27-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday ensured the Rams a pleasant stay in Florida as they prep for the second leg of the excursion to London.

Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Malcolm Brown returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, Todd Gurley rushed for more than 100 yards and — after an ignominious start — the Rams controlled Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette en route to the win before an estimated crowd of about 56,000 at EverBank Field.

The Rams bounced back from last week’s defeat by the Seattle Seahawks and improved to 4-2.

Gurley rushed for 116 yards in 23 carries, the third time in four games Gurley has eclipsed 100 yards.

Quarterback Jared Goff, who committed three turnovers in last week’s loss against the Seahawks, completed 11 of 21 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.

Fournette scored on a 75-yard touchdown run on his team’s first play, but the Rams limited him to 55 yards in 20 carries the rest of the game, and he finished with 130 yards as the Jaguars fell to 3-3.

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Chargers 17, Raiders 16: A last-second field goal finally goes L.A.'s way


Rams 27, Jaguars 17: L.A. adds to lead with a field goal


Raiders 16, Chargers 14: Oakland quickly retakes lead on a big play by Patterson

The Chargers’ poor tackling, a problem that’s plagued them all year, showed up at a bad time with safeties Jahleel Addae and Tre Boston missing Oakland receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on a 47-yard end around for a score. The Raiders missed the point-after kick and lead 16-14 with 7:51 left in the game.


Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette suffers ankle injury in fourth quarter


Chargers 14, Raiders 10: Mike Williams sets up go-ahead score from Melvin Gordon

Mike Williams made the first catch of his NFL career, picking up a first down to extend the Chargers’ drive and setting the stage for another Melvin Gordon score. Gordon took a screen pass from Philip Rivers from six yards out to give the Chargers a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.


Rams 24, Jaguars 17: Jacksonville cuts into L.A.'s lead with a field goal


Raiders 10, Chargers 7: Oakland makes a field goal before halftime to take lead

Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio stayed perfect on the season, hitting a 44-yard field goal right as time expired in the first half.

The Raiders used a pair of Charger penalties, including a head-scratching offsides on a kickoff, to move down the field to take a 10-7 lead.


Chargers 7, Raiders 7: Melvin Gordon puts L.A. on the board with a one-yard dive

The Chargers put together their best drive of the season, moving 82 yards in 15 plays, culminating with Melvin Gordon’s dive into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to tie things up at 7-7. There’s 1:44 left in the first half.


Rams 24, Jaguars 14: Blocked punt returned for a touchdown before the half


Raiders 7, Chargers 0: Crabtree catches 23-yard touchdown pass

The Chargers had a chance to take advantage of a Derek Carr interception, but they failed to gain a yard and missed a 48-yard field goal.

That mistake didn’t go without repercussions as Carr led the Raiders down the field for a score, connecting with Michael Crabtree for a 23-yard touchdown. After the kick, Oakland leads the Chargers 7-0 with 5:04 left in the first quarter.


Rams 17, Jaguars 14: Rookie Gerald Everett catches a 4-yard TD pass


Jaguars 14, Rams 10: Ivory scores on a 22-yard swing pass


Rams 10, Jaguars 7: Zuerlein makes 56-yard field goal


Rams 7, Jaguars 7: Fournette answers L.A. score with 75-yard touchdown run


Rams 7, Jaguars 0: Pharoh Cooper returns opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown


Broken collarbone puts Aaron Rodgers’ season in jeopardy

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is tended to on the field after suffering a shoulder injury on a hit from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.
(Jim Mone / Associated Press)

The NFL has lost another superstar to injury.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a two-time league most valuable player, suffered a broken collarbone Sunday in a game against Minnesota, putting the rest of his season at risk.

The injury happened in the first quarter when Rodgers absorbed a hard hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. The quarterback, who looked angry that the hit didn’t draw a flag, was carted off the field.

This comes on the heels of injuries to several star players, among them Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt, Washington cornerback Josh Norman and New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

A broken collarbone in 2013 sidelined Rodgers for seven games. He returned in Week 17 and was able to play in the postseason.

With Rodgers out, there’s a possibility the Packers could look to controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who some people argue teams have avoided because of his refusal to stand for the national anthem, a protest that started a league-wide trend.

Three of the four NFC North teams have either been forced or opted to change quarterbacks. Detroit’s Matt Stafford is the division’s only remaining starting quarterback from Week 1.


Inactives: Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders


Inactives: Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Bizarre play of the day: Ravens’ Rainey survives tackle by teammate to score 96-yard touchdown

Running back Bobby Rainey made his Ravens debut Sunday and took part in one of the most bizarre plays of the day.

On a kick return in the third quarter, Rainey was tackled by rookie teammate Tyus Howser, hit the ground untouched by Bears defenders, got up and proceeded to go 96 yards for his first career touchdown return.

The play was challenged by the Bears, but there wasn’t enough video evidence to overturn the call on the field.

Rainey has 164 return yards on four kicks.


49ers bench Brian Hoyer for rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard

The 49ers, losing 14-0 to the Redskins, benched quarterback Brian Hoyer midway through the second quarter of Sunday’s game, giving rookie C.J. Beathard his first significant snaps.

San Francisco drafted Beathard out of Iowa with a third-round pick.

At Iowa, Beathard led the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Championship game in 2015 after an undefeated 12-0 season. Iowa lost to Michigan State 16-13 after the Spartans ate up nearly the entire fourth quarter with their final scoring drive.

Beathard beat out Matt Barkley for the backup quarterback role in the preseason after completing 26 of 45 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns with one pass intercepted. He also rushed for 85 yards in six carries with one score.


Check out this touchdown throw by Bears running back Tarik Cohen

Not the former Vikings and Saints running back. A different running back also named Adrian Peterson.


Jets lead Patriots 14-0 in an early surprise

The New York Jets might come up with the stunner of the day.

Gang Green leads the New England Patriots 14-0 early in the second quarter.

Receiver Jeremy Kerley had a 31-yard touchdown catch and tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins caught a 1-yard pass for a score. The Patriots have lost one fumble.

It’s early, but the Patriots, who were a nine-point favorite over the Jets, should be on upset alert.


UCLA in the NFL: Packers’ Rodgers knocked out of game by Vikings’ Barr, bringing in Hundley

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field in the first quarter of a game against the Vikings after suffering a right shoulder injury.
(Bruce Kluckhohn / Associated Press)

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of a game against the Vikings in the first quarter after taking a hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

The hit sent Rodgers to the sideline medical tent and brought a familiar face to Barr out onto the field: quarterback Brett Hundley.

They were teammates at UCLA from 2012 to 2013.

Rodgers was ultimately carted off the field. The Packers initially announced his return was questionable with a right shoulder injury, but later announced he had suffered a broken collarbone and could miss the rest of the season.

Hundley has appeared in five games for the Packers since they took him in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

He completed two of 10 attempts for 17 yards in four games as a rookie. He completed one pass for no gain against the Bears earlier this season.

The Packers opted to run the ball three times before asking Hundley to put the ball in the air. Hundley’s pass was then picked off by Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes.


Chargers’ visit to Oakland isn’t much of a moving experience

“I know I just told you I’m leaving you for someone else. But, do you mind if I crash here on the couch for the next couple of years while I get everything finalized?

Imagine a person walking down the stairs in the house shared with a spouse.

They need to talk. The last 22 years have not been great. There have been good times and bad, but more bad than good. The house is mess.

That’s why they have to leave.

Found someone new, someone fancier, someone better. But, before exiting they will look their partner in the eye and ask the most audacious question:

“I know I just told you I’m leaving you for someone else. But, do you mind if I crash here on the couch for the next couple of years while I get everything finalized?”

That’s the position the Raiders and Oakland are in — the team will be there for the next two seasons, at least. The Raiders eventually will be in Las Vegas. They may be somewhere else in between. But the key point is, they’ll no longer be the Oakland Raiders.

Sunday, the Chargers will travel to Oakland to battle the lame-duck tenant.

It’s a situation the Chargers avoided, leaving San Diego for a temporary home in their new city while the newer, state-of-the-art stadium is being built in Inglewood.

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Jaguars’ offense runs through Leonard Fournette

The Times’ Gary Klein and Lindsey Thiry preview the Rams’ (3-2) Week 6 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2). Up next, a trip to London.

What [Fournette] gave this team is a different type of energy.

— Rams linebacker Robert Quinn

In the days leading up to the start of their 11-day trip, the Rams spent time making sure they were appropriately packed, including passports required for the second leg to London.

So it’s probably a good thing that film study of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ tendencies was relatively uncomplicated.

There is no mystery about the Jaguars offense: Rookie running back Leonard Fournette is the centerpiece.

The former Louisiana State star is the NFL’s second-leading rusher.

His breakout performance through five games — combined with one of the NFL’s most aggressive defenses — has helped the Jaguars to a 3-2 record and put them atop the AFC South.

Controlling Fournette will be among the Rams’ greatest challenges on Sunday at EverBank Field.

“What [Fournette] gave this team is a different type of energy,” Rams linebacker Robert Quinn said.

After struggling early this season to stop the run, the Rams have of late performed well in that area.

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Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders: How they match up

Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack sacks Jets quarterback Josh McCown in Oakland on Sept. 17.
Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack sacks Jets quarterback Josh McCown in Oakland on Sept. 17.
(Ben Margot / Associated Press)


When Chargers have the ball

The Chargers haven’t been able to consistently run the ball, a problem that could lead to a frustrated, red-faced and hurried Philip Rivers. Oakland rush end Khalil Mack is one of the NFL’s best, and though the Chargers’ pass blocking has been admirable, it could use some relief on Sunday in the form of a run game.

The Raiders are allowing more than 124 yards rushing per game this season, giving Melvin Gordon an opportunity to build on his first 100-yard game this season. If Gordon can run the ball consistently, Rivers can take advantage of a struggling Oakland secondary.

Hunter Henry needs to keep his place as the Chargers’ top tight-end threat; Keenan Allen could be in line for another strong game (he’s been really good this season); and Mike Williams, the Chargers’ first-round pick from Clemson, likely will play for the first time. This should be the Chargers offense at its best But if the team can’t be productive on the ground, Mack could negate everything else the team is bringing to the table. He’s good enough to ruin the Chargers’ day.

When Raiders have the ball

Derek Carr will return after missing only one game with a fracture in his back — a risky move considering the Chargers’ two best players this season specialize in knocking the quarterback to the ground. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram have been too much for every offensive line they’ve faced so far this season. While the Raiders’ front five dominated a season ago, their tackles haven’t been as good.

If Carr takes some big hits early, it won’t matter how tough he is. The bigger obstacle is Marshawn Lynch. Although he’s averaging only 3.4 yards per carry during his comeback season, his greatest strength is making tacklers miss ... and that just happens to be the Chargers’ biggest problem.

The players can talk about improving their technique tackling or adjusting their mind-set, but eventually the Chargers will just need to take ball carriers to the ground on the first try. If they’re going to put together an improbable run and build off their win in New York last Sunday, they will have to tackle with more purpose, force and consistency.

When they kick

The Raiders have a pair of specialists worth mentioning, starting with kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who replaced Sebastian Janikowski right before the season. Tavecchio made two kicks from 50-plus yards in his debut and hasn’t missed all season. Punter Marquette King is one of the best in the NFL, averaging 52 yards a kick to lead the NFL.

Chargers punter Drew Kaser, who had his job challenged in training camp, is off to a great start (he’s fifth in punting average). But while new kicker Nick Novak didn’t miss a kick last week, he did bank an extra point off the upright. The Chargers are still waiting for a big play on special teams, at least one not negated by a penalty.

Dan Woike’s prediction

In this space a week ago, I vowed never to pick the Chargers again — and then I did and they won. And though that win wasn’t perfect, a lot of players and coaches embraced the flawed performance, saying it was exactly what this football team needed to break out of a funk that began a season ago. A win on Sunday is a must to keep their slim hopes in the AFC West on life support, and the Chargers seem like they’re about to get out. But, a vow’s a vow ...



Obligatory empty stadium picture: Rams at Jaguars


Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: How they match up

Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack runs 81 yards for a touchdown after recovering a Jets fumble during the second half of a game on Oct. 1.
(Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)


When Rams have the ball

After scoring only 10 points in last week’s loss to the Seahawks, the Rams and quarterback Jared Goff will attempt to get back on track. Goff had two passes intercepted and also fumbled before nearly pulling out the victory. He is completing 61% of his passes, seven for touchdowns, with three interceptions. Goff has been sacked six times. Todd Gurley, who had been averaging nearly 27 touches, had only 16 against the Seahawks. He has rushed for 405 yards and four touchdowns and has 22 receptions, three for touchdowns. Tavon Austin scored on a 27-yard run against the Seahawks. Coach Sean McVay spoke to Sammy Watkins this week after the receiver expressed frustration on social media about his role. Watkins did not catch a pass against the Seahawks. Rookie Cooper Kupp also wants to put last week behind after letting a potential game-tying touchdown pass bounce off his hands. Tight end Tyler Higbee is averaging 16.6 yards per catch. Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is the leading tackler for a Jaguars defense that has forced an NFL-high 15 turnovers. Ends Donte Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue each have four sacks for a unit that has a league-leading 20. Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye lead the secondary.

When Jaguars have the ball

The Jaguars are the top rushing team in the NFL, averaging 165.2 yards. Rookie Leonard Fournette has rushed for a team-best 466 yards and five touchdowns. Chris Ivory has gained 159 yards. Much was made before the season about Blake Bortles’ tenuous hold on the starting quarterback job. Bortles is completing 55% of his passes, seven for touchdowns, with four interceptions. He also has rushed for 107 yards. Bortles looks most often for receiver Allen Hurns, who has 18 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Former USC All-American Marqise Lee has 15 catches for a team-best 208 yards. Fournette has 13 receptions, one for a touchdown. Rams linebackers Mark Barron and the newly signed Alec Ogletree are the leading tacklers for a defense that has played well since the second half against Dallas in Week 4. The Rams got a boost last week from lineman Matt Longacre, who has a team-best three sacks. The Rams this week waived veteran safety Maurice Alexander in the aftermath of rookie John Johnson’s standout performance against the Seahawks. Johnson and safety Cody Davis intercepted passes. Free safety Lamarcus Joyner is expected to return this week from a hamstring injury that sidelined him the last two games.

When they kick

After Tavon Austin muffed two more punts against the Seahawks, McVay said this week that the veteran would get “a break” from those duties. Pharoh Cooper will fill that role. Kicker Greg Zuerlein, who made a team-record seven field goals against the Cowboys, missed a 36-yard attempt against the Seahawks. He has made 15 of 16 attempts this season. Jason Myers has made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts for the Jaguars. Brad Nortman averages 45.4 yards per punt.

Gary Klein’s prediction

The Rams nearly overcame five turnovers to defeat the Seahawks. The Jaguars are set up for a classic fall after winning at Pittsburgh, but the Jaguars’ defense is the NFL’s best at forcing mistakes.



NFC notes: From A to Z

Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly reacts after making a tackle for a loss against the Philadelphia Eagles during a game at Bank of America Stadium.
(Grant Halverson / Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson has picked off Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston three times in two games. The corner has no interceptions this season.

Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman has 13 touchdowns in his last seven home games. The Falcons are averaging 26 points after leading the NFL with 33.8 points per game in 2016.

Carolina Panthers: Linebacker Luke Kuechly left the game vs. Eagles (a 28-23 loss) with a concussion. The Panther has missed nine games since 2015 because of concussions.

Chicago Bears: Running back Jordan Howard leads the Bears with 328 yards rushing in 82 carries and Tarik Cohen ranks fifth among backs with 25 catches for 144 yards.

Dallas Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones recently declared he will bench any player who is “disrespectful to the flag.” Dallas is on its bye, and plays at San Francisco next week.

Detroit Lions: The Lions put defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (biceps) on injured reserve . He’s had six sacks since 2015 after spending nine previous seasons in Baltimore.

Green Bay Packers: Packers running back Aaron Jones rushed for 125 yards and had a touchdown against the Cowboys in his first career start.

Minnesota Vikings: Everson Griffen has had at least one sack in each game (five) this season. Jim Marshall had an eight- game streak for the Vikings in 1969.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints are the third team since 1933 with no turnovers in its first four regular-season games. New Orleans has lost three straight to Detroit.

N.Y. Giants: With Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris out with injuries, the Giants’ leading receiver is Evan Engram with 200 yards receiving.

Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had a sack and tipped a Cam Newton pass into an interception in his first game back from a calf injury on Thursday.

RAMS: Kicker Greg Zuerlein is the NFL’s leading scorer with 60 points. He’s been automatic for the Rams but missed a 36-yard field goal last week.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are the first team to lose four consecutive games by three points or fewer since the 1994 Oilers. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil has 3-1/2 sacks.

Seattle Seahawks: Seahawks guard Luke Joeckel underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss one game after Seattle’s bye this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers signed kicker Patrick Murray to replace Nick Folk, who missed three field goals in a 19-14 loss to the Patriots last week.

Washington Redskins: Running back Samaje Perine is expected to get the bulk of the carries for the Redskins with starter Rob Kelley out with an ankle injury.


AFC notes: From A to Z

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler looks to throw a pass during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium in London on Oct. 1.
(Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are 49-13 when quarterback Joe Flacco does not have a pass intercepted. Flacco has been picked off six times in the last four games.

Buffalo Bills: Tight end Charles Clay had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to be out multiple weeks, coach Sean McDermott said.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals put tight end Tyler Eifert on injured reserve this week after he underwent back surgery. He has finished three of his five NFL seasons on IR.

CHARGERS: Defensive end Joey Bosa had two sacks last week. His five multi-sack games the last two years are the most in the league. He has 29 tackles on the season.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns benched rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer in favor of Kevin Hogan. Hogan will be the 28th Browns starter since 1999.

Denver Broncos: Receiver Demaryius Thomas has gone a career-long 10 games without a touchdown and career-worst seven games without a 100-yard performance.

Houston Texans: The Texans lost both defensive end J.J. Watt (broken leg) and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) for the season last week.

Indianapolis Colts: Jacoby Brissett is the only quarterback to throw for more than 950 yards (997) and run for three touchdowns, and he didn’t start the opener.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have a record of 9-28 at home (not including five London games) since 2011. They haven’t won back to back since October 2016.

Kansas City Chiefs: Running back Kareem Hunt has had four 100-yard rushing games, second among Chiefs rookies all-time. Joe Delaney had five in 1981.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have no rushing touchdowns. Miami has won 11 of its last 15 regular-season games with three quarterbacks.

New England Patriots: The Patriots have won 10 straight road games, the second-best streak in team history since they won 12 in a row from 2006-08.

N.Y. Jets: Jets quarterback Josh McCown ranks second to Kansas City’s Alex Smith (76.6) with a completion percentage of 71.4.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have won four straight in their series with the Chargers, with their last three wins all by a field goal. Oakland has four takeaways this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Running back Le’Veon Bell needs one rushing touchdown to pass Rashard Mendenhall (29) for the fifth most in Steelers franchise history.

Tennessee Titans: In his last three games against the Colts, quarterback Marcus Mariota has 889 yards passing with six touchdowns and two passes intercepted.


NFL Week 6: Schedule and scores

Today’s schedule

Miami Dolphins 20, at Atlanta Falcons 17

at Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 10

at New Orleans Saints 52, Detroit Lions 38

New England Patriots 24, at New York Jets 17

at Washington Redskins 26, San Francisco 49ers 24

Chicago Bears 27, at Baltimore Ravens 24, OT

at Houston Texans 33, Cleveland Browns 17

RAMS 27, at Jacksonville Jaguars 17

at Arizona Cardinals 38, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33

CHARGERS 17, at Oakland Raiders 16

Pittsburgh Steelers 19, at Kansas City Chiefs 13

New York Giants 23, at Denver Broncos 10

Today’s schedule

New York Giants at Denver Broncos, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday’s result

Philadelphia Eagles 28, at Carolina Panthers 23