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LII second quarter analysis: Eagles beating Patriots in points, QB receptions

After the New England Patriots tried a wide receiver pass to quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter that Brady dropped, the Philadelphia Eagles responded with an even gutsier call that helped them take a 10-point lead into halftime, 22-12.

The Eagles faced fourth and goal from the 1-yard line with a three-point lead and 38 seconds left in the quarter. Coach Doug Pederson called timeout to go over the play call, which was a direct snap to a running back, who tossed to tight end Trey Burton, who threw back to a wide-open Nick Foles. Burton was a college quarterback at Florida.

The play worked to perfection and raised Eagles' moxie even higher than it had been earlier in the game. Their offense took it to the Patriots' defense – which was strangely without cornerback Malcom Butler in the first half, which NBC said was a coach's decision – gaining 323 yards of offense in the opening 30 minutes while scoring four times.

The Patriots offense moved the ball with ease as well, gaining 350 yards, but missed a field goal and an extra point and turned the ball over on downs.

Cooks injured: Patriots receiver Brandon Cooks, who topped 1,000 yards this season, was ruled out with a concussion in the second quarter after being crushed by Malcolm Jenkins. Cooks never saw Jenkins coming after trying to change directions.

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