Back-up quarterback Mark Sanchez made the most of his first start in almost two years by helping the Philadelphia Eagles thrash the Carolina Panthers 45-21 on Monday night.

Sanchez was drafted into the side in place of regular starter Nick Foles - who broke his collarbone at Houston last week - and passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns without committing a turnover in his first start since December 2012.

Darren Sproles also claimed two touchdowns, including a punt return for 65 yards, as did rookie Jordan Matthews as the Eagles made it seven wins from nine games this season - five out of five in front of their own fans at Lincoln Financial Field - to stay on top of the NFC East.

The Panthers, last year's NFC South winners, now have a 3-6-1 record this season after quarterback Cam Newton was sacked nine times and threw three interceptions against the Eagles.