Final

Eagles 35

(0-2, 0-2 away)

Patriots 42

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NFL

7:30 PM ET, August 15, 2014

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 7 14 14 035
NE 14 7 21 042

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barkley (PHI) - 132 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Gray (NE) - 12 CAR, 98 YDS

Receiving: J. Matthews (PHI) - 9 REC, 104 YDS

Brady wins preseason debut, Pats top Eagles 42-35

Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady dove in vain at Cary Williams as the Eagles cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown on the opening series.

Then the turnovers went in the Patriots direction.

New England scored touchdowns on three of the four that Philadelphia committed, and the Patriots beat the Eagles 42-35 in Brady's preseason debut Friday night.

"We always try to aggressively attack the ball," New England coach Bill Belichick said. "Those can be game-changing plays so when you get a chance to make them, you need to make them."

All six quarterbacks did a good job with their opportunities, a sign that both teams have depth at that position.

Every one of them who played -- Brady, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett for the Patriots (1-1) and Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley for the Eagles (0-2) each threw at least one touchdown pass.

The Eagles rarely had the ball early.

And when they got it later, they kept giving it away.

"I think the big thing in this game is we just can't turn over the ball and we can't shoot ourselves in the foot," Foles said.

New England had two offensive series before the Eagles had even one since the Patriots' first ended with Williams' 77-yard interception return. Williams hurt his hamstring on the play and didn't return.

Brady threw the ball to Steve Maneri, but the tight end who had signed five days earlier didn't turn around.

"It's just miscommunication," Brady said. "I'm glad it happens in the preseason."

The Patriots tied it on their next possession on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins, ending Brady's night after completing 8 of 10 passes for 81 yards in two series.

Then Philadelphia's turnovers began.

Ifeanyi Momah lost a fumble after catching Foles' pass on their first offensive play. Sanchez threw an interception on his second play of the third quarter and Momah lost another fumble midway through the third quarter after a reception on Barkley's first play.

And on the second play of Barkley's next series, his pass was picked off by Nate Ebner.

Add Alex Henery's missed 47-yard field-goal attempt and a bunch of penalties and coach Chip Kelly has many mistakes to point out after a sloppy performance that followed three days of joint practices with the Patriots.

Reviewing the penalties will keep both coaches busy.

The Patriots committed 11 for 83 yards and the Eagles were flagged for 10 for 86 yards.

At least the officials had warned the teams in meetings during the week that there would be an emphasis on penalizing contact on receivers.

"You're just handing people first downs," Kelly said. "We better figure it out. And, as I said earlier, whichever team ends up being the most disciplined team from penalties standpoint (is) going to be at a big advantage in this league. It's a challenge to everybody."

The Patriots showed a balanced offense -- 250 yards rushing, 245 passing.

"We had the momentum all game," said Mallett, competing with Garoppolo for the No. 2 job.

Garoppolo picked right up after Brady left, throwing scoring passes on his first two series, a 15-yarder to James Develin and a 4-yarder to Brandon LaFell for a 21-7 lead. The pass to LaFell was New England's 35th offensive play. Philadelphia had just six at the time.

The Eagles tied it at 21 at halftime with two scoring passes in the last four minutes, a 6-yarder from Foles to Zach Ertz and a 6-yarder from Sanchez to Arrelious Benn.

The score was tied 28-28 before touchdowns by two free agents, a 17-yard catch by Brian Tyms from Mallett and a 10-yard run by Roy Finch that gave the Patriots a 42-28 lead with 5:15 left in the third quarter.

Barkley's 27-yard scoring pass to Henry Josey cut the lead to seven points on the last play of the third quarter. The Eagles drove to the Patriots 1-yard line, but were stopped on fourth down with 4:39 to go.

"We still have some things to get better at," Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said, "but that's what preseason is for."

Game notes


Every quarterback put up solid numbers. Garoppolo was 6 of 12 for 72 yards and two touchdowns and Mallett completed 7 of 11 for 92 yards and a touchdown while playing the entire second half. For the Eagles, Foles was 8 for 10 for 81 yards and one touchdown, Sanchez was 11 for 12 for 117 yards and two touchdowns and Barkley was 9 for 12 for 132 yards and one touchdown. ... The Eagles top two receivers missed the game, Riley Cooper with a foot injury and Jeremy Maclin with a hamstring injury.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
NE
1st Downs2635
Passing 1st downs
1614
Rushing 1st downs
615
1st downs from penalties
46
3rd down efficiency
3-610-15
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5681
Total Yards413476
Yards per play7.45.9
Total Drives1113
Passing324226
Comp-Att
28-3421-33
Yards per pass
9.36.5
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-62-19
Rushing89250
Rushing Attempts
2146
Yards per rush
4.25.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-56-7
Penalties10-8611-83
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession20:1639:44

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Barkley9/1213211.0110-0
Sanchez11/121179.8210-0
NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady8/10818.1110-0
Mallett7/11928.4102-19

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Josey8567.0015
McCoy6193.2013
NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Gray12988.2017
Ridley9455.0011

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews910411.6025
Celek24522.5023
NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Finch23417.0019
Thompkins33210.7115

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHINE
phiTD10:41Cary Williams 77 Yd Interception Return (Alex Henery Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yds, 4:19
70
neTD5:09Kenbrell Thompkins 15 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 5:32
77
neTD2:39James Develin 15 Yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 28 yds, 2:22
714
SECOND QUARTERPHINE
neTD8:44Brandon LaFell 4 Yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yds, 6:26
721
phiTD3:35Zach Ertz 6 Yd pass from Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 31 yds, 1:44
1421
phiTD0:41Arrelious Benn 6 Yd pass from Mark Sanchez (Alex Henery Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 61 yds, 1:07
2121
THIRD QUARTERPHINE
neTD13:39Ryan Mallett 6 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 12 yds, 0:44
2128
phiTD9:36Damaris Johnson 5 Yd pass from Mark Sanchez (Alex Henery Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:03
2828
neTD6:23Roy Finch 10 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:13
2835
neTD5:15Brian Tyms 17 Yd pass from Ryan Mallett (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 28 yds, 0:58
2842
phiTD0:00Henry Josey 27 Yd pass from Matt Barkley (Alex Henery Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yds, 2:38
3542

Research Notes

Will Nick Foles have the same success this season without DeSean Jackson? He was more efficient when targeting Jackson last season than when he targeted anyone else.
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