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Eagles Extend Lead In Third Quarter

The Eagles face the Titans in their last 2014 matchup against an AFC South opponent...

The defense dominated the first quarter and came back to life in the third quarter for the Eagles.

After seeing its streak of 22 straight games with a turnover snapped by the Packers last week, the defense started a new one with two takeaways in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 34-17 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Titans received the second-half kickoff and on third-and-16 quarterback Zach Mettenberger took the snap out of the shotgun and threw pass that was batted in the air by defensive end Fletcher Cox. Titans center Brian Schwenke caught the ball and gained 6 yards, but on his way to the ground linebacker Mychal Kendricks knocked the ball loose and it was recovered by safety Nate Allen.

The Eagles capitalized with quarterback Mark Sanchez rolling to his right and throwing a dart to tight end James Casey for a 14-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 34-17.

Linebacker Trent Cole feasted on the Titans' next drive with two sacks to force a punt. It was Cole's 20th multi-sack game. Mettenberger is the 50th quarterback Cole has sacked in his career, including playoffs.

Sanchez threw a high pass that was intercepted by safety Daimion Stafford, but the Titans were unable to capitalize as rookie running back Bishop Sankey was stripped by nose tackle Bennie Logan that was recovered by cornerback Bradley Fletcher.

The Eagles tacked on a 35-yard Cody Parkey field goal with 14:14 remaining in the game to make the score 37-17.

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