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The Eagles media relations department provided the following notes after the Eagles' 31-13 win over the St. Louis Rams:

Reid's Records … Andy Reid improved his opening-day record to 6-7 (3-1 since 2008), and his record against the Rams to 5-2 in the regular season … Since 2002, the Eagles are 14-5 against the NFC West … The Eagles have outscored the Rams 69-16 in their last two contests, both season-opening games. 

Shady's Dome Dominance … RB LeSean McCoy eclipsed 100 rushing yards for the fourth time in his career, ripping off 122 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown scamper. He also scored a receiving touchdown, the third of his career … It was McCoy's second time scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game … In his last three dome contests (9/19/10 at Det., 12/12/10 at Dal.), McCoy has rushed for 391 yards and four touchdowns on 47 carries (8.3 average) … McCoy now has 1,839 career rushing yards, passing Steve Van Buren for the third-most ever by an Eagle in his first three seasons. Wilbert Montgomery (2,915) and Duce Staley (2,367) lead the way.

Big Play DJ … WR DeSean Jackson recorded his 12th-career 100-yard game, tying Terrell Owens for ninth place in team history (including playoffs). Jackson's first-career 100-yard game came on opening day in his rookie year of 2008, also against the Rams … Jackson reeled in his first touchdown of the season on a six-yard reception in the third quarter.

Scoop and Score … DE Juqua Parker scored his second-career touchdown on a 56-yard fumble return after DE Darryl Tapp jarred the ball loose from Rams QB Sam Bradford … Parker's other touchdown was a 55-yard interception return on 10/12/08 … Parker became the 11th defensive lineman in team history to have multiple touchdowns and the first since Mike Mamula in 1999 … The Eagles also scored a defensive touchdown on opening day in 2009 at Carolina (DE Victor Abiamiri – 2-yard fumble return).

Hunting Season … The Eagles defensive combined for five sacks, including DE Jason Babin, who had his seventh multi-sack game and his first as a member of the Eagles. His last came on 12/19/10 vs. Houston as a member of the Titans … DE Trent Cole picked up a sack, and now has done so in five of the last six years on opening day … DE Darryl Tapp also contributed his first quarterback takedown of the season, as did DT Cullen Jenkins, his first as an Eagle.

Mike Check … QB Michael Vick started his first season opener since 2006 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, and threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 98 rushing yards.

The Book on the Rooks … C Jason Kelce became the first Eagles rookie to start at center on opening day since Gene Ceppetelli in 1968, and LB Casey Matthews became the first Eagles rookie to start at linebacker on opening day since Alonzo Johnson in 1986 … They are the 10th and 11th rookies to start on opening day under Andy Reid. The others are S Nate Allen (2010), DE Brandon Graham (2010), S Macho Harris (2009), WR DeSean Jackson (2008), G/T Shawn Andrews (2004), DT Corey Simon (2000), TE Jed Weaver (1999), G Doug Brzezinski (1999), and T John Welbourn (1999)

Birdseed … Kelce, Matthews, K Alex Henery, P Chas Henry, RB Dion Lewis and LB Brian Rolle all played in their first NFL game … Henery became the first Eagles rookie to make a field goal since Paul McFadden in 1984, connecting on his only attempt, a 34-yarder … The Eagles converted 8 of their 10 third down opportunities in the first half … Philadelphia amassed 27 first downs and 404 total net yards. Their 237 rushing yards were their most since racking up 260 on 11/15/10 at Washington … The defense held St. Louis to just 2 of 12 third down conversions on the day (16.6%), and 1 of 8 in the second half.   

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