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Eagles Trail 24-14 After Third Quarter

The Eagles welcome the Seahawks to South Philadelphia in a battle of two top ranked teams...

After 17 total points were scored in the first half, the Eagles and Seahawks traded three touchdowns in the third quarter as the Eagles trail 24-14 entering the final stanza.

After a quick Eagles turnover and Seahawks touchdown, the Eagles replied with a touchdown of their own on a 35-yard strike from Mark Sanchez to tight end Zach Ertz to make the score 17-14. But the Seahawks would add another touchdown of their own to regain a 10-point lead.

With all eyes on LeSean McCoy as he chased down Wilbert Montgomery's franchise rushing record, the Eagles' star running back made a costly error on the Eagles' first play of the second half. Trailing 10-7 as the third quarter began, McCoy took the handoff from Mark Sanchez at the Eagles' 20-yard-line on the team's first play from scrimmage.

With little room at the line of scrimmage, McCoy stalled at the line, only for Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright came from behind to knock the ball loose from McCoy's grasp. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas would recover the fumble, setting the Seahawks up inside the Eagles' red zone at the 19-yard-line. Two plays later, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolled right before throwing back across the field to a wide open Marshawn Lynch for a 15-yard touchdown to give the Seahawks a 17-7 lead with 14:03 left in the third quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, rookie receiver Josh Huff broke a solid return to the Eagles' 46-yard-line, only for the ball to pop loose at the end of the return. Huff was ruled down by contact initially, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll challenged the call since there looked to be a potential Seahawks recovery. The play stood after review and the Eagles would take advantage, thanks to the touchdown pass to Ertz.

After wonderful coverage by the Eagles' special teams unit on the ensuing kickoff, the Seahawks began their drive at their own 9-yard line. But after a quarterback keeper by Wilson gained 11 yards, the Seahawks cornerback threw deep to the right side and was the beneficiary of a very borderline pass interference call on Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher that amounted to a 44-yard gain.

Four plays later, Wilson found a wide open Doug Baldwin for a 24-yard touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 24-14 lead.

McCoy would become the Eagles' all-time leading rusher on the next Eagles drive, though the offense mounted little else before punting the ball away.

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