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First Quarter: Dallas Takes Early 3-0 Lead


The Eagles faced the Dallas Cowboys in their 2015 home opener at Lincoln Financial Field. View the full gallery here...

After a dazzling rendition of the National Anthem, the Dallas Cowboys got the ball to start the afternoon at their own 20. A false start before second down was followed up Connor Barwin's first sack of the season off a stunt. With the crowd on their feet, the Eagles got the ball for the first time as Darren Sproles returned a punt to the Eagles' 40-yard line.

The Eagles failed to muster anything on their first possession, as a third-down pass intended for Jordan Matthews fell incomplete. From right around midfield, Donnie Jones' first punt of the afternoon pinned the Cowboys at their own 13-yard line.

Similar to the Eagles' drive, the Cowboys went three-and-out on their next possession. Bennie Logan showed up in a big way to slow down a second-down run, and Byron Maxwell wrapped up Cole Beasley to prevent the Cowboys from picking up the first down.

Looking to pick up some momentum, the Eagles started at their own 18-yard line. A pass interference penalty on J.J. Wilcox picked up the first first-down of the day for the Eagles, but a third-down pass couldn't be handled by Jordan Matthews, forcing another punt.

Starting at their own 20, the Cowboys picked up 15 yards on their first play on a catch by Terrance Williams. Following another first-down pickup by Randle through the air, Romo found Williams again to bring the Cowboys into the Eagles' red zone. Tight end Gavin Escobar caught a pass across the middle to take Dallas to the 1-yard line. After an unsuccessful Dallas challenge, the Eagles defense clamped down and stopped the Cowboys on three straight plays including a tackle for loss by Beau Allen and a pass breakup for DeMeco Ryans against Jason Witten on third down. A 20-yard Dan Bailey field goal put Dallas on the board, 3-0, with 1:39 to go in the quarter.

Following a touchback, Miles Austin couldn't come up with a third-down pass, forcing the third three-and-out of the quarter for the Eagles. A 57-yard punt from Jones combined with a holding penalty pushed Dallas back to their 14-yard line. After a rushing play was stopped at the line of scrimmage, the first quarter came to an end.

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