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Eagles' Bold Move Results In Early TD

The Eagles welcome the Seahawks to South Philadelphia in a battle of two top ranked teams...

After the Eagles recovered a muffed snap on a punt attempt at the Seahawks' 14-yard line, they were not settling for a field goal.

Facing a fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 5-yard line, head coach Chip Kelly decided to go for it. Running back LeSean McCoy took the handoff from quarterback Mark Sanchez and went up the middle for 2 yards.

Two plays later, Sanchez connected with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Eagles ahead 7-0. Maclin, who lined up on the right side of the formation, motioned to the left side. Sanchez threw a screen to Maclin in the flat and wide receiver Riley Cooper made the key block needed to get Maclin into the end zone.

It was Maclin's 10th touchdown of the season, which tied a career high. Maclin's touchdown provided the only points of the first quarter.

Seattle took the opening kickoff and drove to the Eagles' 30-yard line before linebacker Connor Barwin sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on third down for a loss of 4 yards. The wind kept the Seahawks from trying a 51-yard field goal attempt.

The Eagles went three-and-out on their first offensive drive.

The Seahawks also went three-and-out thanks to the job that Barwin and linebacker Mychal Kendricks did spying the elusive Wilson. On third-and-5, Wilson was stopped by the linebacker duo just short of the first down.

On the muffed punt snap, punter Jon Ryan could not handle what was a clean snap. Linebacker Marcus Smith II knocked the ball loose and tight end Zach Ertz recovered it.

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