The Eagles’ offense was stifled by the Patriots as the Birds slid to 5-5 in a 17-10 loss.

The offense went scoreless in the second half despite a strong effort from the team’s defense. The Patriots moved to 9-1 and face the Dallas Cowboys next week. The Eagles, now one game back in the NFC East, will host the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Smoke and mirrors

The Eagles gave up a touchdown on a double-pass trick play early in the third quarter, and trail for the first time all game, 17-10.

Tom Brady threw to Julian Edelman, who found Phillip Dorsett wide open in the end zone. It was the second double pass of the game, but the Eagles weren’t prepared for this one.

Leading at half

The Eagles went into the locker room with a 10-9 lead, but may not be thrilled with how they played.

The defense was stellar, holding the Patriots to three field goals on 121 total yards, but the team’s offense struggled to capitalize on the opportunity to build a sizable lead. Carson Wentz had a fumble in the half, and was sacked four times.

But, a lead is a lead.

Limiting the damage

After a Carson Wentz fumble, the Eagles defense held up against the Patriots offense setting up shop deep in Philly territory. As the second quarter winds down, the Eagles are up, 10-9.

Lane Johnson out with head injury

Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson was ruled out for the rest of the game with a head injury. The Pro Bowl right tackle left earlier in the second quarter, Halapoulivaati Vaitai came in for Johnson.

Patriots inch closer

The Eagles’ defense gave up an 11-play, 44-yard drive, but held the Patriots to three points despite them reaching the Philly four-yard line. The Eagles lead, 10-6.

Patriots on the board

The Eagles defense bent‚ but didn’t break as the Patriots scored a field goal in the second quarter, making the score 10-3.

Goedert scores ... or does he?

The Eagles got out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter after Carson Wentz connected with Dallas Goedert on a five-yard touchdown. The play was originally ruled an interception, but overturned as Goedert had possession of the ball as he broke the plane.

The touchdown capped of a 16-play, 95-yard drive that ate up 9 minutes and 33 seconds.

Defense dominates first quarter

Maybe Jim Schwartz and the Eagles defense grew tired of hearing about Tom Brady’s stats during Super Bowl LII. Whatever it is, they dominated the first quarter, holding the Patriots to two first downs and 29 total net yards. At the end of the first quarter, the Birds’ offense was threatening inside the Patriots’ red zone with a six-plus minute drive.

Eagles strike first

The Eagles got on the board on their first drive of the game as Jake Elliot hit a 42-yard field goal to put the team up, 3-0, with 13:38 left in the opening quarter.

The team got into New England territory on the first play of the game, as a pass-interference penalty on a deep pass to Boston Scott gave the Eagles’ a 49-yard gain. They struggled to capitalize, though, and settled for a field goal.

Welcome to the blog

Good afternoon and welcome to the Eagles live blog. The Birds are back in action after their bye week, as they host the New England Patriots (8-1) at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Patriots also enjoyed some time off last week, also coming off a bye. They suffered their first loss of the season against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov 3., so they’ll be looking to get back on track. This is the first regular season matchup between the two teams since Super Bowl LII, and it’s the first time Carson Wentz has faced Bill Belichick and Co.

The Eagles (5-4) are hoping to leave the Linc with a win to either keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East, or to take the lead. They’ll be without starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, and they’re also missing Jordan Howard. Newcomer Jordan Matthews and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside will be leaned upon to pick up the slack.

Pre-game stories of interest

Be sure to study up on the numbers that matter with Paul Domowitch’s pre-game stat package.

Paul Domowitch talked to former Eagles general manager Joe Banner, who praised the team for extending Brandon Brooks considering the salary cap should be going up soon.

Those still mildly annoyed about Dick Stockton’s so-so commentary from two weeks ago will be happy to hear Tony Romo is on the call today, as Rob Tornoe writes.