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Eagles Open With Sensational Drive(s)

On this Bird Day, the Eagles are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East ...

ARLINGTON, Tx. -- The Eagles marched down the field 80 yards in nine plays on the game's opening drive as quarterback Mark Sanchez scored on a 2-yard keeper to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. After the Eagles' defense forced a punt, Sanchez found rookie Jordan Matthews for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give Philadelphia a 14-0 lead with 4:08 left in the first quarter.

On Sanchez's touchdown run, the quarterback sold the handoff to running back LeSean McCoy which faked out the Cowboys' defense and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season.

Sanchez was 4 of 5 for 30 yards on the drive. Running back Darren Sproles converted not one, but two third downs to keep the drive going - one with a run and the other on a reception.

The big play was a 36-yard run by McCoy. Tight end James Casey lined up wide. Casey came in motion to line up tight and blocked down to spring McCoy.

On the second drive, McCoy opened with a 19-yard run to the right side. The Eagles quickly attacked again with a play-action rollout to Matthews from Sanchez for a 15-yard gain. Sanchez then found wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for a 13-yard gain along the right sideline to put Maclin over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career.

Wide receiver Riley Cooper converted a huge third-and-3 with a catch over the middle to get the Eagles to the Dallas 27-yard line. Sanchez connected with Matthews on the next play to the left sideline and the receiver took the ball in for his seventh touchdown of the season.

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