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First-quarter analysis: Tyrod Taylor-Sammy Watkins connection strikes again

Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins are becoming a dynamic duo for the Buffalo Bills' offense.

The quarterback and receiver hooked up for a 47-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, tying the game, 7-7.

Watkins got open down the right sideline and hauled in a perfect pass from Taylor, who went 6 of 10 for 109 yards in the opening 15 minutes. It was Taylor's 10th completion of at least 40 yards this season, six of which have gone to Watkins.

The Bills had fallen behind after a 1-yard touchdown run by Eagles running back Darren Sproles.

Getting cute: The Bills haven't had much success with trick plays the past couple weeks. They tried running a reverse out of the Wildcat formation, with LeSean McCoy pitching the ball to receiver Sammy Watkins. It looked like Watkins had some room, but hesitated and was tackled after only a 1-yard gain.

That's better: Bills coach Rex Ryan used his challenge flag correctly on Philadelphia's first offensive play. A 45-yard pass to wide receiver Riley Cooper – who beat cornerback Leodis McKelvin – was originally ruled complete, but replays showed the ball hit the ground. Ryan threw the red flag and the play was reversed.

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