The Eagles faced the Dallas Cowboys in their 2015 home opener at Lincoln Financial Field. View the full gallery here...
The Eagles were held scoreless in the third quarter, but the complexion of the game changed entirely after quarterback Tony Romo was knocked out of the game five minutes in with a broken left clavicle.
The second half opened with a 12-yard strike from Sam Bradford to Nelson Agholor for the Eagles' second first down of the day. But that momentum was immediately zapped as back-to-back DeMarco Murray runs resulted in a combined loss of 11 yards, setting up an unconverted third-and-21. On the ensuing punt, Dallas safety Danny McCray broke free into the backfield and blocked Donnie Jones, with linebacker Kyle Wilber scooping up the ball and returning it 26 yards for a touchdown.
With the Cowboys up 13-0 after a converted extra point, the Eagles took over once again at their own 20. But three straight incomplete passes ended the drive after just 22 seconds.
Dallas took over at their own 32 after another Jones' sixth punt of the day. Philadelphia was able to force Dallas into third-and-13, but a 39-yard bomb from Tony Romo to Lance Dunbar down the right sideline brought Dallas into Eagles territory. But two plays later, rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks got to Romo and sacked the veteran quarterback, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Fletcher Cox. This was the play on which Romo was injured, staying down on the turf for a minute or so before being taken to the locker room. Philadelphia took over possession on their own 39-yard line off the turnover.
On second down, DeMarco Murray broke free for an 18-yard gain off a well-designed screen play, bringing the ball just inside Dallas territory. Two plays after that, Jordan Matthews got open down the left sideline, forcing cornerback Tyler Patmon to grab his arm before the ball arrived, drawing a pass interference call to bring the ball to the 30. A screen pass designed for Josh Huff brought the Eagles to the Dallas 7-yard line, and a pass play to Murray got the Eagles to the 3-yard line with a fresh set of downs with which to work. But on second down, a pass intended for tight end Zach Ertz was intercepted in the end zone by linebacker Sean Lee to give Dallas possession on their own 20 and thwart what should have been Philadelphia's first scoring drive.
With Romo still sidelined, fourth-year backup Brandon Weeden took over the reins of Dallas' offense with 5:24 left in the third quarter. Weeden was able to pick up a first down, but the Eagles were able to get a stop on third down three plays later. The Cowboys punted away and nearly pinned the Eagles at their own 1-yard line, but longsnapper L.P. Ladouceur stepped on the line while downing the ball, giving Philadelphia a touchback and possession at the 20 instead.
Murray picked up a big first down on third-and-1 to keep the drive alive, and then gained 22 on the next play off a pass from Bradford in the right flat. On that play, the Pro Bowl running back hurdled a would-be tackler before muscling his way out of bounds down the sideline, where Dallas kicker Dan Bailey was flagged for unsportsmanlike contact after grabbing the former Cowboy's arm.
The Eagles enter the fourth quarter driving on the Dallas 32, down 13-0.