It was all defense in the opening quarter of the Eagles' Thursday night matchup with the Steelers. Two interceptions helped the team keep Pittsburgh scoreless and also gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead. Here's what you need to know from the first 15 minutes of play ...
Carroll Takes It To The House
At the 9:27 mark of the first quarter, the Steelers snapped the ball on first-and-10 from their own 32. Quarterback Landry Jones threw a short pass intended for Sammie Coates, but instead it was cornerback Nolan Carroll who came away with the football. Carroll returned the ball 38 yards for a Pick-6 and the Eagles' first touchdown of the game, which gave the team a 7-0 lead after the extra point.
Jenkins Interception In The End Zone
Late in the first quarter, Pittsburgh's offense was successfully moving the ball down the field. But, at the Philadelphia 8-yard line the Steelers' quarterback tossed his second interception of the evening. In the end zone, cornerback Leodis McKelvin deflected a pass that Malcolm Jenkins was then able to intercept. The pick gave the Eagles' offense the ball for only the second time during the quarter with 40 seconds remaining.
Donnie "Long Ball" Jones
During the Eagles' first offensive drive of the night, the team was pinned at its own 12-yard line and forced to punt. However, Donnie Jones booted the ball 62 yards, forcing the Steelers to take over at their own 32.
The Eagles traveled to the Steel City for week two of the preseason and faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers for Thursday Night Football where they took home the 17-0 victory.