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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia needed 97 seconds to score its only touchdowns Thursday night in beating sloppy Tampa Bay 17-9 in the preseason opener for both teams.The Eagles covered a mere 27 yards on their two drives to the end zone, with each series lasting three plays after Buccaneers fumbles. Ryan Mathews had a 5-yard TD run to make it 7-0 after Tampa Bay fumbled the opening kickoff. Chase Daniel scted 3 yards for the second score after Jameis Winston had the ball stripped.No. 2 overall draft pick Carson Wentz played just more than a half as Eagles quarterback and, as could be expected, was inconsistent. Perhaps his most noteworthy play came when he went flying acrobatically on a fourth-quarter run after a classic tackle by Bucs rkie cornerback Javien Elliott. The QB quickly bounded to his feet, later admitting he needed to make sure not to land on his neck.Caleb Sturgis made a 42-yard field goal for Phillys other points. Winston connected with Russell Shepard for a 26-yard touchdown for Tampa Bay, whose second-round selection, Roberto Aguayo, added a 38-yard field goal.SLOPPY STARTBuccaneers second-year receiver Kenny Bell, a fifth-round draft pick last year who did not play in 2015, fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up an Eagles touchdown. On Tampa Bays second offensive series, Philadelphia star lineman Fletcher Cox stripped the ball from Winston on the first play, then fell on it at the Bucs 9. Three plays later, Daniel ran in for a 14-0 lead.QUOTABLE:Eagles: It still felt like a ftball game, playing ball. A new offense, a new facility, but still ftball. -- Wentz on his pro debut.Eagles: I think we have to be the unit that takes over. WE have to beat the guys, especially the guys up front. We have to just take over games and be disruptive. -- Cox on his teams defense.Bucs: Horrendous start. Fumble the opening kickoff, missed extra point, you just cant do it. Not what I had in mind for the start, for preseason Game 1. -- Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter, who like Philadelphias Doug Pederson was making his NFL head coaching debut.INJURY UPDATEBuccaneers: Reserve tight end Brandon Myers hurt his knee in the second period and didnt return.Eagles: Lost starting left guard Brandon Brks on the first series with a right biceps injury. Pederson said it was not serious.Backup center Josh Andrews hurt his right ankle.RKIE WATCHBuccaneers: Aguayo -- yes, Tampa Bay tk a placekicker at No. 59 overall in April -- saw his first kick, an extra point try, clang off the left upright and fail. Safety Isaiah Johnson had a 35-yard return of an interception.Eagles: Wentz came on in the second quarter to run the two-minute offense. His first throw was high off the hands of Nelson Agholor, but his next was a sharp 15-yard throw on the run to Zach Ertz. Wentz 12 of 24 for 89 yards and one interception. Wentz was plagued by receivers drops, and tk a hard hit late in the game. He appeared shaken up, but remained in for one more play.It was fun, Wentz said. My first opportunity running the two-minute drill.Safety Quentin Gause had a pick on a tipped pass that set up a fourth-quarter field goal. Cornerback C.J. Smith clinched it with an end-zone interception in the final seconds.PR PROTECTIONTampa Bay had four sacks of Daniel, who rarely had time to lk downfield before he had to scramble or went down. He also threw to no one from his end zone while pressured, but the officials ruled a receiver was nearby, avoiding a safety. Daniel threw for 15 yards and lost 19 on sacks.Philadelphia had three sacks, one each by Cox and Steven Means, a half apiece for Connor Barwin and Beau Allen.SOME LIKE IT HOTIt was 91 degrees at kickoff with a heat index of 100 degrees. 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"Four now," Carl Gunnarsson told the Leaf Report proudly following a 5-2 victory over New York on Tuesday night, the clubs fifth straight at home. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers would like to be talking about what Cam Newton can do on the field after a long week of conversations relating to other issues.The discussion about the San Francisco 49ers might finally veer more toward their starting quarterback after a backup received a bulk of preseason attention.The teams square off Sunday afternn at Bank of America Stadium in the second week of the season coming off extremely different results.Newton, the reigning Most Valuable Player in the league, has been cleared to play this week after a series of rough hits absorbed in the opener at Denver, where Carolina lost 21-20 in a Super Bowl rematch.Several of those hits drew considerable scrutiny because of the perceived nastiness and claims from that Panthers that Newton isnt protected through officiating as well as other quarterbacks.Some of them obviously youd like to see them throw a flag, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. Again, thats up the referee. ... People react to big hits differently.In the opener, Newton ran for a 2-yard touchdown to set the NFL career record for rushing touchdowns for quarterbacks with 44, eclipsing the mark held by former 49ers standout Steve Young.His ability and willingness to run often puts him in harms way.Hes an imposing figure and sometimes those hits dont lk so bad on a big guy, Rivera said. Because hes a big guy, I think sometimes they think he can take it.The 49ers received a solid outing from quarterback Blaine Gabbert in his first opening-day start with the team in the 28-0 romp past against the Los Angeles Rams.49ers backup Colin Kaepernicks protests regarding social justice that has him declining to stand for the national anthem had become an overriding theme about the 49ers.Then Gabbert finished 22 of 35 for 170 yards and a touchdown without a sack or an interception and the defense delivered the first shutout in an opener in the franchises history.The 49ers preferred to discuss those topics.First game in our system, there were some real things we can build on, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said of Gabbert and the offense. I see him getting better. He kept plays alive. He kept drives alive with his feet. Were pleased with where he is right now.ddddddddddddKelly, in his first season with San Francisco, figures there could be some growing pains ahead, but he likes the direction.Offensively, there was a little inconsistency in some of the drives, Kelly said. But I think overall when you have 28 first downs ... there were some positives. Ive seen them grow and develop since we got them in April.With Panthers linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, Kelly said the 49ers will encounter a stern test.That might be the best tandem that we face, he said. Youre not going to fl those guys very much.Week 2 will mark the home opener for the Panthers, who went undefeated at home in 10 games, including two in the postseason, last season. Carolinas home-field winning streak sits at 13 games.A year ago, the Panthers went to the last week of December before losing, so coming off a loss in the opener might seem strange.We didnt do everything we needed to do to give ourselves a chance to win, Rivera said. I know our guys have all taken it very personal.Kelly would like to ride the wave of gd vibes stemming from his first game in charge.There was a real gd energy on our sideline, Kelly said.Sundays game will put new Panthers punter Andy Lee up against a team he played with for more than a decade (2004-14).When the Panthers came on board as an expansion team, they were in the NFC West with the 49ers and they became rivals. But since the end of 2001, the teams have met only four times. The most recent of those resulted in San Franciscos playoff victory in 2013 in Charlotte.This weekends game marks teams coming of extremes in terms of rest.The Panthers played in the NFLs first game of the season on Sept. 8, and the 49ers played in Monday nights late game (the final game of Week 1) and must make the cross-country trip for Sundays early afternn kickoff.We got a jump-start on breaking down the film (during the weekend), Kelly said. When you have a Monday night game, you know youre going to be short. You know your schedule in April, so weve got everything laid out. Were really efficient with our time. ' ' '