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Once Again, Offense Struggles In First Half

ARLINGTON, Texas – Wouldn't it be great if the Eagles could bottle the way they played offense in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 29-23 overtime loss to Dallas and play that way for a full 60 minutes?

The Eagles scored 17 points in the fourth quarter as quarterback Carson Wentz completed 10 of 14 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in those 15 minutes, compiling a passer rating of 139.3.

The offense gained 132 of its 256 total net yards in the fourth quarter.

"We've been searching for that the entire season," offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. "I don't have an explanation for the way we've started games."

The Eagles have scored just 28 points in the first quarter of games and have been shut out in nine of 12 of them. On Sunday, the Eagles trailed 6-0 at halftime and were fortunate that a scrappy defense kept the Eagles in the contest.

"I don't know what it is," tight end Zach Ertz said. "I wish I had an answer."

The Eagles converted just 1 of 9 third downs on the day against Dallas. In the first half, the Eagles managed only 70 total net yards and four first downs. Wentz was 6 of 8 passing, for just 48 yards and he had a late fumble on a first-and-10 play from the Cowboys' 37-yard line that Dallas recovered and turned into a 62-yard Brett Maher field goal.

"It's frustrating and we've talked about this all season," said tight end Dallas Goedert, who had a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. "It's one of those things that has hurt us. We just have had trouble getting into any kind of rhythm early in games."

Take a look at the best photos from the Eagles' game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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