After missing the better part of two full seasons, quarterback Sam Bradford finally got back to playing football.
Bradford's first snaps as an Eagle were a success, as his first and only drive of the game culminated in a Ryan Mathews touchdown. The quarterback also took two hard hits, proving he is healed and ready to go. He and the Eagles lead the Baltimore Ravens, 14-0, following the first quarter of tonight's preseason game.
Baltimore started with the ball, putting the Eagles' defense to work immediately. A few plays into the drive, Walter Thurmond intercepted a pass from Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco in the end zone thanks to a Nolan Carroll deflection. Thurmond returned the interception for 31 yards. Bradford and the offense took over at the Eagles' 16-yard line.
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The quarterback was not the only member of the team's offense to make his Eagles debut tonight. On the first play of the drive, DeMarco Murray began his Eagles career with an 8-yard carry. A series of Baltimore penalties, one for roughing the passer and another for holding, helped Philadelphia move to the Ravens' 44-yard line. Throughout the drive, Bradford connected with Darren Sproles, Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews for a total of 35 passing yards. Another new Eagle, Mathews, ran the ball 14 yards up the middle to score the touchdown. In all, the drive consisted of 11 plays and took only 3:55. Bradford completed 3-of-5 pass attempts.
Heading back onto the field, the Eagles' defense picked up where it left off. On the third play of the drive, Flacco threw yet another interception, this time to Byron Maxwell, who carried the ball to the Baltimore 28-yard line. Mark Sanchez took over as quarterback for the Eagles. After moving the ball to the 2-yard line, Murray carried it in for his first touchdown in midnight green.
The quarter ended with Baltimore in possession of the ball at their own 33-yard line.