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LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi combined for 147 yards on 23 carries. Blount had a 36-yard run late in the second quarter that set up Nick Foles’ first touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery. He also had a 21-yard touchdown run with the help of a terrific block from tight end Brent Celek.
Nick Foles continued his playoff magic. He threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns. He caught another one from tight end Trey Burton on some second-quarter trickery. He was 11 for 14 for 169 yards and two touchdowns on third down. Nine of those 11 completions went for first downs, including four to tight end Zach Ertz.
The Eagles gave up a 26-yard touchdown run to James White late in the second quarter. It was the only double-digit-yard run the Eagles gave up. The Patriots had just four rushing first downs.
After completing just 12 of 23 passes in the first half, Tom Brady was 16-for-25 for 229 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. He was sacked just once, but it was a huge one – a strip sack by Brandon Graham on a second-and-2 play that was recovered by Derek Barnett.
Jake Elliott was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, including a huge 46-yarder with 65 seconds left that extended the Eagles lead to eight points. The Eagles’ kickoff coverage unit pinned the Patriots at their 9 on their last possession. Donnie Jones punted just once the entire game.
The moment wasn’t too big for Nick Foles, who turned in an MVP performance. The pass rush again came up with a big play when it needed on. Doug Pederson continued his aggressive and unpredictable play-calling. Tight end Trey Burton’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Foles in the second quarter was pure genius and completely caught Bill Belichick’s defense off-guard.