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Eagles Lead 27-17 At Halftime

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

After getting gashed for 204 yards on the ground by Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell last Monday night, running back LeSean McCoy piled on with his 22nd career 100-yard performance in the first half to help give the Eagles a 27-14 halftime lead.

McCoy gained 100 yards on 14 carries for an average of 7.1 yards per run including a 53-yard gain, his longest of the season, and a 2-yard touchdown. Quarterback Mark Sanchez is 19 of 27 for 195 yards with an interception. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews continues his impressive run with six catches for 77 yards.

The Eagles raced out to a 17-0 lead thanks to rookie wide receiver Josh Huff's franchise-long 107-yard kickoff return and Darren Sproles' 4-yard touchdown run. Huff's touchdown was the Eagles' 10th non-offensive touchdown of the season.

The Titans were dominated in all three phases in the first quarter before they got on the board early in the second quarter. Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger's pass to wide receiver Justin Hunter was tipped in the air by safety Malcolm Jenkins, but still landed in Hunter's hands as he scored a 40-yard touchdown on the first play of the quarter.

Philadelphia has struggled in the red zone where it is only 2 of 4 having to settle for a pair of Cody Parkey field goals. Tennessee, meanwhile, capitalized on its first red zone opportunity. The Titans got in the red zone with a 68-yard pass from Mettenberger to tight end Delanie Walker, who returned to action after missing the last game with a concussion.

The Eagles appeared to hold the Titans to a field goal as defensive end Vinny Curry sacked Mettenberger on third down, but grazed the face mask as he pulled him down to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, running back Shonn Greene punched the ball in from 2 yards out to make it 20-14.

The Eagles answered with a 10-play, 69-yard drive. Using no-huddle on nine of the 10 plays, McCoy finished off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. Sanchez threw a dart to wide receiver Riley Cooper along the left sideline for a 21-yard gain to get the Eagles inside the red zone.

At the end of the first half, Sanchez connected with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin along the sideline for an 18-yard gain to set up a 49-yard field goal attempt, but Parkey missed off the post. It ended his streak of 17 consecutive successful field goal attempts.

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