The Eagles ended the first half with a huge blocked punt for a touchdown and carried that momentum into the third quarter, where a couple more big plays helped extend Philadelphia's lead to 28-14. Here are a few takeaways from the third frame…
Jenkins' 99-Yard Pick Six; Ball Don't Lie
Early in the season, the Eagles' defense was one of the best in the league at creating turnovers. But coming into this game, they hadn't notched a takeaway since November 8. On 1st-and-10 from the Philadelphia 33, Tom Brady attempted a deep pass to Danny Amendola, who appeared to catch the ball, take a few steps with it, and then lost control and had the ball bounce into the hands of a waiting Eagles defender. Instead, the pass was ruled incomplete, and the Patriots kept control of the ball, getting all the way down to the Philadelphia 5-yard line.
On 3rd-and-goal from the five, Brady attempted to thread the needle to Amendola through double coverage on the goal line, but the ball was batted into the air by Walter Thurmond and caught by Malcolm Jenkins, who took it 99 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-14.
Hop Aboard The Sprole Train
On the next New England possession, penalties and poor execution stalled their drive after three minutes and just eight yards. The Patriots were forced to punt away from their own 37, and Darren Sproles was able to take advantage of fantastic blocking down the field, taking the ball 83 yards for his second punt return touchdown of the season to put Philadelphia up 28-14.
Tom Brady came into today's game with just four interceptions on the season, but in the third quarter he threw two, the pick-six by Jenkins and another by Byron Maxwell on a miscommunicated route in the end zone. Today marks the first time since Week 11 of last season that Brady has thrown multiple interceptions in a game. It also marked the first Brady interceptions the Eagles have had in their history against the veteran quarterback.
Cox Clears Concussion Protocol, Returns
During the second quarter, defensive end Fletcher Cox appeared to take a shot to the chin that knocked him to the ground and forced him to come out of the game to be evaluated for a concussion. After clearing protocol during halftime, the Pro Bowl hopeful returned to the field to start the third quarter.
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