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LII first quarter analysis: Eagles offense holding its own against Patriots, but how about the D?

The Philadelphia Eagles showed in the first quarter of Super Bowl LII that their offense can score on the New England Patriots. But whether their defense can stop Tom Brady remained to be seen.

Teams traded short field goals on their first possessions before Eagles quarterback Nick Foles went deep for Alshon Jeffery for a 34-yard touchdown that gave the Eagles a 9-3 lead after one quarter, thanks to a missed extra point.

Two big third down pickups on the Eagles' opening drive helped get them in position for the first points of the game. Foles hit Jeffery for 17 yards on third and 4 on the first series and later found Torrey Smith for 15 yards on third and 12. The Eagles got as close as the 2-yard line, but were backed up by a false start penalty on tight end Zach Ertz and had to settle for a 25-yard field goal from Jake Elliot.

Pats getting big plays: Can the Eagles defense hold up? The Patriots moved down the field with ease on their first possession, getting into the red zone without facing a third down. Tom Brady had completions of 15 and 28 yards to James white and Chris Hogan while the Eagles helped them with a penalty for too many men on the field. The Eagles held from the 4-yard line, forcing a Stephen Gostkowski 26-yarder, but Brady stayed hot on the second drive, hitting Danny Amendola for 50 yards before the quarter expired.

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