The Eagles entered the second quarter trailing 7-0, but with possession of the ball on the Lions' 1-yard-line on 2nd down that deficit was quickly wiped out. Two plays into the second quarter, Mark Sanchez hooked up with Brent Celek on a short pass near the right pylon. The veteran tight end overpowered a would-be tackler and dove across the plane of the end zone to tie the game up at seven apiece.
On the ensuing drive, the Lions marched down the field with a methodical 12-play, 80-yard drive that took up six-and-a-half minutes of game time, taking a 14-7 lead. After an Eagles three-and-out and short punt, the Lions started around midfield, working the ball to the Philadelphia 30 where they extended their lead to 17-7 with a 48-yard field-goal.
Another three-and-out gave Detroit the ball back just 34 seconds later. The Lions got down to the Eagles' 25 with under a minute left before Matt Stafford hit Calvin Johnson in the back corner of the end zone on 3rd-and-17 to go ahead 24-7 going into halftime.
Struggling To Get The Ground Game Going
The Eagles' offense struggled to get much going in the first half, tallying just 122 yards on 30 plays from scrimmage. But Philadelphia had an especially hard time getting things going on the ground, going for just 31 yards on 14 carries so far. DeMarco Murray leads the Eagles with 22 yards on 11 carriers, but 19 of those yards came on one carry in the second quarter. Darren Sproles has run one time for five yards, and Mark Sanchez has picked up four yards on two rushes.
Stafford On Point So Far
After being held without a passing touchdown last week against the Raiders, Matt Stafford has thrown for three touchdowns with no interceptions through the first half of play in Detroit. He's completed 17 of his 25 passes for 201 yards, hooking up with three different receivers for touchdowns so far. Last week, the Eagles allowed rookie signal-caller Jameis Winston to throw five touchdowns, including four in the first half.
Nolan Carroll Carted Off With Ankle Injury
Early in the second quarter, cornerback Nolan Carroll had his leg rolled up on while defending an outside run. He was carted off the field, and rookie Eric Rowe was inserted into the base defense in his place. The Eagles later announced that he would not return, and he was taken in for x-rays on his right ankle.
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