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Second Quarter Review: Eagles Trail 3-0

Despite the anticipated offensive fireworks, the first half ends with the Eagles trailing the Cowboys 3-0.

The second quarter began with the Eagles defense forcing the Cowboys' fourth consecutive punt of the game. The drive stalled thanks to a third-down sack by defensive end Vinny Curry, marking Curry's second sack of the season.

The Eagles offense then picked up one first down on a nice broken tackle by Riley Cooper before having to once again punt the ball away to the Cowboys. The Eagles then pinned the Cowboys inside their own 10-yard-line thanks to an impressive Donnie Jones punt.

Tony Romo responded by picking up a 3rd-and-5 on a 25-yard back-shoulder completion to rookie Terrance Williams. Just as they had throughout the game, though, the Eagles defense held steady and forced another Cowboys punt.

A three-and-out for the Eagles followed, leading to the 11th consecutive punt of the game.

The Cowboys offense, starting from their own 36-yard-line, finally got moving in the next drive, as Romo moved the team down the field with a 14-yard completion to Cole Beasley, a 15-yard completion to Dez Bryant and a 10-yard toss to Williams. The Eagles defense then held firm, with Bradley Fletcher knocking down a pass on third down, forcing a field goal attempt by Dan Bailey. Bailey connected on the 38-yard field goal to give the visitors a 3-0 lead with just over three minutes remaining in the half.

On the ensuing Eagles possession, Foles overthrew an open Brent Celek on second down before a defensive holding penalty granted the Eagles a first down. Another punt was forced, though, when Foles threw behind a crossing Jason Avant on the next third down.

Another stand by the Eagles defense forced a three-and-out that returned the ball to the Eagles with one minute and two seconds left in the half. In the face of pressure, Foles completed a strike along the right sideline to DeSean Jackson for 16 yards. A screen pass to LeSean McCoy gained 12 yards as the offense moved into Cowboys territory with time running out in the half. With 14 seconds left, Alex Henery attempted a 60-yard field goal which sailed wide left.

Two plays later, the Cowboys attempted a hail mary that became the first career interception for rookie safety Earl Wolff.

Eagles Stats:
Nick Foles: 11-of-23 for 80 yards, 25 yards rushing
LeSean McCoy: Eight carries for 12 yards, five catches for 26 yards
DeSean Jackson: Two catches for 15 yards
Riley Cooper: Three catches for 32 yards

Cowboys Stats:
Tony Romo: 11-of-23 for 160 yards, one interception
Joseph Randle: 10 carries for 34 yards
Terrance Williams: Three catches for 50 yards
Cole Beasley: Three catches for 37 yards

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