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Eagles Rally With Two TDs In Third


In desperate need of an offensive spark, the Eagles entered the second half down 13-0 and with just 91 yards gained on the day. That's exactly what they got.

A few plays into the opening drive of the third quarter, Jordan Matthews broke free deep down the field, but Sam Bradford overthrew him on first down. After a holding penalty, Bradford completed a 65-yard touchdown to Riley Cooper on the very next play. Caleb Sturgis' missed extra point made it 13-6 with just under 12 minutes left in the frame.

On the ensuing Redskins drive, Philadelphia forced a three-and-out, and an unnecessary roughness call against Washington after a fair catch by Darren Sproles brought the Eagles to their own 44-yard line to start their drive. A line-drive strike by Bradford to wide receiver Jordan Matthews for a gain of 30 got them to the 27. On 3rd-and-7 from the 10, Bradford evaded a rushing Washington defender and hit Brent Celek on an out route. The veteran tight end scampered into the end zone untouched, and an extra point by Sturgis tied it up at 13-13.

Taking over at their own 20 after a touchback, the Redskins struck right back with a 43-yard bomb to wide receiver Rashad Ross. A 22-yard gain on third-and-13 brought Washington into the red zone, but the Eagles' defense clamped down and forced them to settle for a 33-yard field goal to make it 16-13.

Eagles start at their own 20 with 3:50 left in the third quarter. On second down, Bradford had wide receiver Miles Austin open down the left sideline but overthrew him, and on third Washington was able to force another incompletion and a Philadelphia punt. On that play, Bradford's ankle got caught underneath lineman Allen Barbre's knee, forcing him to head to the trainer's table to get his foot re-wrapped. He was ruled eligible to return.

After Washington worked the ball out to midfield on their next possession, tight end Jordan Reed committed the first turnover by either team in the game, a fumble forced by linebacker Brandon Graham and recovered by rookie Jordan Hicks. The Eagles take over possession entering the fourth quarter, down 16-13.

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