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Second Quarter Review: Eagles lead Packers, 10-3

The second quarter started with the Green Bay Packers five plays into a 17-play, 91-yard drive that started at their own 3-yard line. With Scott Tolzien at quarterback after replacing an injured Seneca Wallace, the Packers offense methodically moved the ball down the field with a mix of power runs and short passes. The one big gain was a 36-yard completion to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin down the sideline on a free play after the Eagles went offsides. The Packers would get all the way down to the Eagles' 5-yard line and faced a third-and-3. Tolzien dropped back and fired a pass to the left, intended for wide receiver Jordy Nelson on an out route in the end zone. Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin undercut the throw and made the interception, then sprinted 76 yards the other way before running out of gas and being forced out of bounds at the Packers' 27-yard line.

The Eagles took over with tremendous field position, but were unable to convert the turnover into points. Quarterback Nick Foles scrambled for nine yards on first down, but on second down running back LeSean McCoy was stopped for a three-yard loss. On third down, Foles lofted a pass to the back of the end zone for Jason Avant, but it sailed out of bounds. Alex Henery came on to attempt a 39-yard field goal but hooked the kick left and missed.

The Packers took over at their own 29-yard line and once again began moving the ball down the field in solid chunks of yards. The 10-play, 47-yard stalled, however, at the Eagles' 21-yard line, where Mason Crosby pushed a 41-yard field goal to the right, his second miss of the game.

The Eagles went back to work at their own 33-yard line. Foles completed a pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 21-yard catch and run on second down. Two plays later, the Eagles faced a third-and-9 at the Packers' 45-yard line. Foles rolled right and fired a strike to wide receiver Riley Cooper over the middle, who gained another 15 yards after the catch to the Packers' 20-yard line. A roughing the passer penalty on outside linebacker Clay Matthews moved the ball to the 10-yard line. The Eagles would get no closer, gaining two yards on a first-down rush and then throwing two incomplete passes. Henery came on and converted the 25-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 10-0.

The Packers got the ball at their own 20-yard line following a touchback on the kickoff. They would march down the field again, with Tolzien completing some big-time passes, including a throw down the sideline to Nelson, who jumped to snatch the ball out of the air over Boykin and safety Colt Anderson for a 30-yard gain. The Packers could not punch it into the end zone, however, and were forced to settle for a 26-yard field goal from Crosby.

The Eagles took a 10-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

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