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Post-Game Notebook: Home Sweet Home

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Opening Day Success ... Since 2004, the Eagles own an 8-3 record in season openers, including wins in six out of the last seven seasons and four in a row ... The Eagles are 8-1 in their last nine regular season contests dating back to last season, including five straight wins at Lincoln Financial Field.

Second Half Surge ... After being outscored 17-0 in the first half, the Eagles scored 34 unanswered points in the second half, including scoring drives on four of six possessions, while forcing the Jaguars to punt on each of their first five second-half possessions ... The team's 34 points ties for the third-highest second half total in Eagles history ... After beating the Jaguars, the Eagles have now defeated all the other 31 NFL franchises at home.

Darren's Debut ... RB Darren Sproles had an impressive debut, accumulating 147 all-purpose yards (74 rushing, 14 receiving, 62 punt return), including a 49-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter ... For Sproles, it was the longest run of his career, and he now has 10 career touchdowns of 40-plus yards ... Since 1998, the Eagles have only had two fourth-down plays that covered more yards (Brian Dawkins – 57-yard reception on Sept. 29, 2002 vs. Houston; LeSean McCoy – 50-yard run on November 21, 2010 vs. Giants) ... In each of his three debuts with a new team, Sproles has had a play of at least 40 yards (49-yard kickoff return as a rookie in 2005 with San Diego; 72-yard punt return touchdown and 57-yard kickoff return in 2011 with New Orleans).

Mac Attack ... In his first game back after missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin led the team with 97 receiving yards on four receptions, including a 68-yard touchdown ... It was the fourth-longest reception of Maclin's career ... With 262 career receptions, Maclin moved past Ben Hawkins and into 17th on the team's all-time receptions list ... With 3,550 career receiving yards, Maclin moved past Harold Jackson and Keith Byars and into 14th on the team's receiving yardage list.

Offensive Quick Hits ... The Eagles became the third team in NFL history to amass 400-plus yards of total offense 13 times during a 17-game span (New Orleans in 2011-12 and Denver in 2013-14) ... Quarterback Nick Foles picked up his fifth-career 300-yard game, throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 68-yarder. Foles has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each of his last five games (including postseason) ... Tight end Zach Ertz scored a 25-yard touchdown, the longest of his career, and his fifth score in the last seven contests (including playoffs). He also set a career high with 77 receiving yards. All three of his receptions covered at least 25 yards ... In his NFL debut, Jordan Matthews pulled in a 30-yard reception ... LeSean McCoy moved past Duce Staley and into 14th on the team's all-time receptions list with 278.

Defensive Nuggets ... The Eagles defense held Jacksonville scoreless on their final 11 possessions of the game, including a missed field goal, a blocked field goal, six punts, one fourth-down stop, a fumble and the end of the game ... Jacksonville was unable to convert on their first nine third-down chances, and the Eagles defense held them to just 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) ... The Eagles accumulated three sacks of Chad Henne, including one by linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who now has four in his last four regular season games, and one by safety Nate Allen, who now has four in his career ... linebacker Trent Cole picked up his 80th career sack and forced a fumble, which led to defensive end Fletcher Cox's touchdown ... The Eagles have held their opponents off the scoreboard on the opening possession of the game in 13 consecutive contests (including postseason).

Scoop And Score ... Cox scored his first-career touchdown on a 17-yard fumble recovery. It was Cox's first touchdown since high school ... The Eagles have forced at least one takeaway in 14 straight games (including playoffs), their first time doing so since 2004 when they had a streak of 15 games.

Strong Special Teams ... In his first-career game, defensive end Brandon Bair blocked a field goal, the first by an Eagle since defensive tackle Derek Landri on January 1, 2012 vs. Washington ... Kicker Cody Parkey nailed a 51-yard field goal on his first-career attempt and went 2 of 2 on the afternoon with 10 points and five touchbacks. Since 1960, Eagles kickers have registered five touchbacks in a single game just five other times (Alex Henery – 3 times, David Akers – 1 time and Roger Ruzek – 1 time) ... Punter Donnie Jones landed five of his six punts inside the 20-yard line and has now done so 38 times in his 17 games as an Eagle. In his career, Jones had at least five punts land inside the 20 on four separate occasions (twice with the Eagles).

Birdseed ... Trent Cole played in his 141st game, surpassing William Thomas for 14th on the franchise's all-time games played list ... The following Eagles played in their first-career game: tight end Trey Burton, nose tackle Beau Allen, Parkey, Matthews and Bair.

On Sunday, the Eagles opened the 2014 regular season by hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars ...

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