On Sunday, the Eagles opened the 2014 regular season by hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars ...
Now, that's more like it.
After a scoreless first half, the Eagles took the opening drive of the second half and cashed in with a 49-yard touchdown run by running back Darren Sproles to cut the deficit to 17-7 with 11:44 remaining in the third quarter.
The Eagles faced fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars' 49-yard line and wasted no time lining up to go for it. Quarterback Nick Foles handed off to Sproles on an inside zone run, center Jason Kelce made a key block on backup middle linebacker J.T. Thomas III after Paul Posluszy exited the game earlier in the drive.
The defense, energized, promptly forced a three-and-out. Sproles electrified the crowd again with a 22-yard punt return to give the Eagles the ball back at the Jaguars' 40-yard line. Quarterback Nick Foles connected with tight end Zach Ertz down the middle of the field for a 25-yard touchdown.
Jacksonville failed to convert on their first 10 third-down opportunities in the game until late in the third quarter. The Jaguars had four drives in the third quarter and did not gain a single first down on the first three.
The Jaguars still lead 17-14, but this game is set up for a thrilling finish.