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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the second quarter, the Eagles and Jets combined to scored four touchdowns as Philadelphia took a 24-7 lead into the break. The third frame, though, was absent offensive fireworks from either side, as the Eagles were able to maintain their 17-point advantage as precious minutes and seconds ticked off the clock.
After allowing first downs on each of the Eagles' first two plays from scrimmage to open the second half, the vaunted Jets defense dug in their heels and forced the Eagles into a third-and-20 situation. Philadelphia picked up 9 yards on a check-down pass to running back Darren Sproles and were forced to punt away on fourth-and-11 just short of midfield.
But New York didn't fare much better, going 31 yards on six plays before punting the ball back to Philadelphia. After an Eagles three-and-out, the Jets got the ball back and started their drive on their own 49 after a 19-yard return by Jeremy Kerley.
New York worked the ball down to the Eagles' 30, but before the Jets could convert the drive into much-needed points rookie cornerback Eric Rowe made an excellent play on a would-be touchdown pass to fellow rookie Devin Smith to intercept the ball for a touchback.
The Eagles again went three-and-out, with Darren Sproles dropping a pass down the right sideline on third down that would have given Philadelphia a first down, and if he could have maintained his balance along the sideline perhaps a touchdown. Instead, they were forced to punt the ball away for the sixth time in 10 drives.
The teams then traded three-and-outs, and New York took over on their own 19 with 2:48 left in the frame. They were able to gain 28 yards on six plays before time expired and the teams switched sides for the start of the fourth quarter.
The Eagles will look to hold on, up 24-7 with 15 minutes to go, with an opportunity to notch their first win of the season firmly within their grasp.