Eagles Up-Down Drill
Malcolm Jenkins Jenkins was nailed for a 42-yard pass interference penalty in the first half. It set up the Patriots' second touchdown. But he flipped the script with a 100-yard interception return for a score that gave the Eagles their first lead of the game.
Jenkins was nailed for a 42-yard pass interference penalty in the first half. It set up the Patriots' second touchdown. But he flipped the script with a 100-yard interception return for a score that gave the Eagles their first lead of the game.
Bill Belichick's passive aggressive clock mismanagement before the half forced the Patriots to punt. The Eagles took advantage as Maragos shot through for the block. Najee Goode scooped the ball up for a touchdown and a tie halftime score.
He's taken blows for most of the season - and rightfully so - but Kelly got his players to show up in Foxborough. It was the Eagles' most complete game of the year as all three units scored touchdowns.
He had to be feeling the heat after the Eagles allowed more than 40 points in the previous two games. It seemed like there would be a third game after the Birds spotted the Patriots a 14-0 lead. But Davis' unit clamped down and pressured Tom Brady for most of the day.
His numbers weren't eye-popping, but the Eagles quarterback was effective after missing the previous two games. Bradford tossed two beautiful touchdown passes and didn't have a turnover.
Chip Kelly sent a mini-message by benching Miles Austin, but the bigger statement was decreasing Murray's snaps. Did it motivate the multimillion dollar running back? Not according to his performance vs. the Patriots.
Murray's loss was Sproles' gain. He started the game and received the most carries. Most important, Sproles was productive on the ground and through the air. But that wasn't it. Sproles delivered a blow with an 83-yard punt return touchdown.
The Golden Boy never seemed to get into rhythm. Brady was down Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, but credit the Eagles defense. He had his first multi-interception game of the season.
Eagles offensive line
It's been in the crosshairs, but the O-line was a different group with Jason Peters. The Eagles rushed for more than 100 yards on the group and Bradford wasn't sacked.
Ertz caught his first touchdown of the season with a leaping grab in the first half. It wasn't all the tight end's fault that it took 12 games. He had two would-be touchdowns negated by penalties earlier this season.
It was his only catch of the game, but it was a biggie. Cooper converted a third down with a 14-yard grab as the Eagles looked to run out the clock. He also made a heady play when he knocked the ball out of bounds on the Patriots' second onside kick.
He had only 11/2 sacks over the last eight games, and the Eagles as a team had only three over the last two games. But Barwin netted two sacks alone in the first half, the first coming on a stunt. Brandon Graham added two more sacks.
Rowe made his first career start with Nolan Carroll done for the season. He had a few rookie moments, but Rowe never embarrassed himself and he was a sure tackler when called upon.
- Jeff McLane