For the second straight quarter, the Eagles held the Giants scoreless, extending their lead to 24-7 after a DeMarco Murray 12-yard rushing touchdown. Here are some observations and key moments from the third quarter.
Bradford And Cooper Connect Again
In the first quarter, Sam Bradford hit Riley Cooper in the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown. On the opening drive of the third quarter, the two hooked up once again, with Bradford tossing a 43-yard bomb to Cooper down the middle of the field. Unfortunately, the drive ended a few plays later after a fumble by Jordan Matthews was recovered by the Giants.
Cooper And Huff Shaken Up, But Both Return
Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Josh Huff were both injured early in the third quarter, with Cooper suffering a knee contusion on that aforementioned 43-yard catch and Josh Huff also hurting his knee on the opening kickoff return of the second half. Both returned on the following drive.
In the first half, DeMarco Murray rushed just five times for 12 yards, but on the Eagles' second drive of the second half he was a key to an 11-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. He carried the ball five times for 41 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown scamper to cap off the drive, and looked more spry with the ball in his hands than perhaps on any drive this season.
Sproles Suffers Head Injury
On a punt return late in the third quarter, running back Darren Sproles was driven into the turf and had his head snap back against the ground. After a few tense moments, he got up under his own power. He was taken to the locker room for evaluation of a head injury, and his return is up in the air.
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