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Special teams of Eagles make Patriots look ordinary

Aug 23, 2008 - 2:31 AM By Mike Petraglia PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' special teams were both missing from Friday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown and rookie DeSean Jackson ran a punt back for a 75-yard score in the final two minutes of the first half as the Eagles easily handled the Patriots, 27-17, at Gillette Stadium.

The Eagles improved to 2-1 in the preseason while the Patriots are winless in three games without their starting quarterback.

In Super Bowl XXXIX, Brady faced off against Donovan McNabb, with the Patriots outlasting the Eagles for their third title in four years.

On Friday night, Brady did not dress and missed his third straight preseason game with a sore right foot.

McNabb, meanwhile, was sharp, completing 13-of-17 passes for 180 yards. He tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jason Avant as the Eagles outscored the Patriots, 21-3, in the second quarter.

Matt Cassel struggled for the third straight game subbing for Brady. The backup was just 8-of-14 for 60 yards and was sacked three times. His highlight came in the second quarter when his deep throw to Randy Moss resulted in a Pass interference was called on Sean Considine.

The 47-yard play set up Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal, New England's only points of the first half.

But Demps returned the ensuing kick for a touchdown, shedding the tackle attempt of Gostkowski and outracing recently signed John Lynch down the right sideline for the touchdown.

After the Patriots went three-and-out and Jackson returned the kick up the middle for a score at the halftime gun.

Matt Gutierrez replaced Cassel and directed an 11-play, 71-yard drive, capped off with a 1-yard strike to Chad Jackson for New England's first touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He later drove them 99 yards for a second TD.

Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who tied for the league lead with 112 catches in 2007, injured his ribs fielding a punt in the first quarter and did not return. Philadelphia lost safety Brian Dawkins to an ankle injury and center Jamaal Jackson to a concussion.








  • NFL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 3 21 3 0 27
    NEW ENGLAND 0 3 0 14 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PHI - FG, DAVID AKERS 24 YD, 6:43. Drive: 14
    plays, 76 yards in 6:43.
    PHILADELPHIA 3-0
    2ND QUARTER: PHI - TD, JASON AVANT 7 YD PASS FROM DONOVAN
    MCNABB (DAVID AKERS KICK), 5:24.
    Drive: 11 pl

    Aug 22 10:29 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    C.J. JONES 9 YD PASS FROM MATT GUTIERREZ
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 27
    NEW ENGLAND 17 0:41 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Eagles 27, Patriots 17  4th - 0:41Aug 22 10:22 PM


  • NFL
    TD NWE
    CHAD JACKSON 1 YD PASS FROM MATT GUTIERREZ
    (STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 27
    NEW ENGLAND 10 13:49 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Eagles 27, Patriots 10  4th - 13:49Aug 22 9:44 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 3 21 3 27
    NEW ENGLAND 0 3 0 3 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PHI - FG, DAVID AKERS 24 YD, 6:43. Drive: 14
    plays, 76 yards in 6:43.
    PHILADELPHIA 3-0
    2ND QUARTER: PHI - TD, JASON AVANT 7 YD PASS FROM DONOVAN
    MCNABB (DAVID AKERS KICK), 5:24.
    Drive

    Aug 22 9:38 PM


  • NFL
    FG PHI
    DAVID AKERS 24 YD
    PHILADELPHIA 27
    NEW ENGLAND 3 4:09 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Eagles 27, Patriots 3  3rd - 4:09Aug 22 9:28 PM
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    Eagles 24, Patriots 3  3rd - 9:25Aug 22 9:23 PM


  • NFL
    TD PHI
    DESEAN JACKSON 76 YD PUNT RETURN
    (DAVID AKERS KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 24
    NEW ENGLAND 3 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eagles 24, Patriots 3  HalfAug 22 8:56 PM
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    Eagles 24, Patriots 3  HalfAug 22 8:56 PM


  • NFL
    TD PHI
    QUINTIN DEMPS 101 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (DAVID AKERS KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 17
    NEW ENGLAND 3 1:35 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eagles 17, Patriots 3  2nd - 1:35Aug 22 8:51 PM


  • NFL
    FG NWE
    STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI 35 YD
    PHILADELPHIA 10
    NEW ENGLAND 3 1:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eagles 10, Patriots 3  2nd - 1:48Aug 22 8:49 PM


  • NFL
    TD PHI
    JASON AVANT 7 YD PASS FROM DONOVAN MCNABB
    (DAVID AKERS KICK)
    PHILADELPHIA 10
    NEW ENGLAND 0 9:36 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Eagles 10, Patriots 0  2nd - 9:36Aug 22 8:23 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 3 3
    NEW ENGLAND 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: PHI - FG, DAVID AKERS 24 YD, 6:43. Drive: 14
    plays, 76 yards in 6:43.
    PHILADELPHIA 3-0

    Aug 22 8:11 PM


  • NFL
    FG PHI
    DAVID AKERS 24 YD
    PHILADELPHIA 3
    NEW ENGLAND 0 8:17 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Eagles 3, Patriots 0  1st - 8:17Aug 22 7:49 PM
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    Eagles vs. PatriotsAug 22 6:31 PM