Betts reprieved as Blues hang on
Carlton escaped with a one-point victory over arch-rivals Essendon at the MCG, when Jacob Townsend narrowly failed with a match-winning shot seconds before the siren.
It was a relief to Eddie Betts that the Blues hung on for their second narrow win in a row - they edged out Geelong by two points last week.
Betts gave away a 50-metre penalty in the final minute that gave the Bombers the chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Adam Saad's bomb forward to a pack of players saw Townsend take a mark that gave him an opportunity from 50 metres out.
His kick fell just short and was punched over the line, leaving the Blues with a 7.10 (52) to 8.3 (51) win.
Essendon, who had last week off due to the postponement of their game against Melbourne, looked strong in the third term as they overturned an eight-point half-time deficit.
They led by 12 points early in the final quarter, but their hopes of securing a third win in a row were dashed by a goal from Jack Martin and then Levi Casboult's third of the match.
Casboult, who continued his excellent start to the campaign, has developed a handy partnership with Mitch McGovern.
McGovern booted two majors and set up his temmates for scoring opportunities.
Carlton forward Jack Silvagni faces at least a week on the sidelines after scans showed he had suffered a bruised lung and fractured rib during the game.
Silvagni left the field in the second minute of the game and did not return after receiving a hit to his midsection.
The 22-year-old was sent to hospital where he stayed overnight and underwent scans, which confirmed the extent of the injury.
Carlton are 11/10 to win their next game against St Kilda, who are 77/100.
The Blues are 91/100 with a 7.5-points start.
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