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Monster First Half For QB Foles

Posted Nov 3, 2013

OAKLAND -- So much for Nick Foles easing back into action as he returned to the starting quarterback spot.

Foles threw touchdown passes on each of the Eagles' opening four possessions, completing 14 of 16 passes for 256 yards and scoring strikes of 17 yards and 63 yards to wide receiver Riley Cooper, and a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek and a 15-yard strike to tight end Zach Ertz.

Just as he did a few weeks earlier in Tampa, Foles came out gunning and had the offense humming. The Eagles scored a touchdown on their opening drive for only the second time this season (Tampa Bay) as they drove 84 yards in 10 plays for the score, a completion to Celek. Six receivers caught passes on the drive.

Starting hot got the bad taste from the last time Foles played, at Lincoln Financial Field against Dallas out of his mouth, and Foles continued the torrid streak with a 17-yard pass to Cooper down the left sideline against cornerback D.J. Hayden on the offense's second possession as the Eagles took a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter.

Then Foles went over the top to Cooper for 63 yards, again against Hayden, down the middle of the field to put Philadelphia ahead, 21-3 midway through the second quarter.

The Eagles needed the outstanding play at quarterback as Oakland kept pushing behind the theatrics of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who led the Raiders on an 80-yard touchdown drive to make the score 21-10, Eagles, with 7 minutes, 34 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

But Foles came back strong again, leading an 8-play, 80-yard drive culminating on the touchdown pass to Ertz. The big play was a conversion of a third-and-16 play when Foles completed a 17-yard pass to DeSean Jackson.

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