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Halftime Report: All Tied Up


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After another slow first quarter in which they mustered just 48 yards, three first downs and zero points, the Philadelphia offense came out of the first break looking to snap their cold streak. On their first drive of the second frame, the Eagles drove 80 yards on 13 plays, working the ball down to the one-yard line where DeMarco Murray punched it in for a touchdown on 4th-and-goal to make it 7-7. That score held for the next 10 minutes, and the two teams entered their respective locker rooms knotted up at a touchdown a piece. 

Here are three takeaways from the second quarter:

Running Backs Making The Offense Go

In their last three games, the Eagles have averaged 173.7 yards per game on the ground. Against the Cowboys, that success in the running game has continued, with Philadelphia going for 98 yards on 21 carries (4.7 yards/attempt). Murray garnered the bulk of the carries, rushing 10 times, and Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles ran six and five times each, respectively. 

Defense Doing Its Job

While the Eagles' offense has struggled for most of the night, so too has the Cowboys' offense. The Philadelphia defense has held Matt Cassel to just 93 yards passing, and while Darren McFadden has rushed 15 times for 79 yards (5.3 yards/carry), they've kept Dallas off the scoreboard since their first drive of the game. 

Big Calls Chip

After putting together one of their more methodical drives of the season, the Eagles found themselves inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line with a fresh set out downs. After a run on second down on which Darren Sproles appeared to extend the ball across the plane of the goal line but that was deemed just short, an incomplete pass set up a 4th-and-goal play inside the Dallas one-yard line. After calling a timeout, Chip Kelly decided to go for it, and DeMarco Murray bullied his way into the end zone on a run over center.

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