After the first quarter of play, the Eagles and Patriots both remain tied, 0-0, but New England is within scoring range at the Philadelphia 4-yard line. However, on the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have looked more productive in the opening 15 minutes than in previous weeks. Take a look at the key takeaways from the start of the game ...
Running Backs Make Impact
In the opening 15 minutes, the Eagles worked to establish the run game and were successful using all three active backs in Kenjon Barner, DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles. Sproles got the game started with an 8-yard carry on the opening play of the game and continued his dominance on the field throughout the first quarter. He had three carries for 28 rushing yards and three receptions for another 14 yards.
Barner and Murray added 7 and 19 yards respectively, and the Eagles finished the quarter with 53 yards on the ground. It accounted for the majority of the team's total 71 yards of offense thus far.
Barwin With A Pair Of Sacks
Connor Barwin looked to add some life into the Eagles' defense and both registered sacks of quarterback Tom Brady. Barwin's first sack came at the 10:20 mark of the quarter and Brady lost 7 yards on the play. New England was forced to punt from its own 30-yard line after a failed third-down attempt. His second came on the following New England drive, forcing another loss of 7. Once again, Brady and the Patriots were forced to punt.
Bradford Is Back
In his first start since sustaining a concussion and left shoulder injury in the game against Miami, Sam Bradford went 4-of-9 for 18 yards in the first quarter. He connected with Sproles on three occasions and also threw to Zach Ertz, who is playing in his first game back from a concussion, for a gain of 4 yards.
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