Patriots beat Eagles in preseason matchup, 42-35

Patriots beat Eagles in preseason matchup, 42-35
August 15, 2014, 10:30 pm
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FOXBORO -- Apparently three days of practice with referees closely watching over their every move was not enough for the Patriots and Eagles to get a feel for how the games will be called.

Friday night's matchup between New England and Philadelphia, a 42-35 win for the hosts, may have been a precursor for what many are expecting to occur in the NFL this season with officials putting a renewed emphasis on defensive penalties: Plenty of points despite loads of yellow laundry strewn about the field.

The Eagles were called for 10 penalties for 86 yards, while the Patriots were whistled 11 times for 83 yards. Many of the infractions, especially for Philly, were illegal contact or defensive holding calls in the secondary.

The Patriots offense feasted as a result. Tom Brady played two drives, going 8-for-10 for 81 yards and a touchdown to Kenbrell Thompkins on a back-shoulder throw. He also had an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Eagles corner Cary Williams. Williams, who had called the Patriots "cheaters" before this week's practice and then backtracked on those comments, injured his hamstring on the return.

Rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was New England's second quarterback in and played the remainder of the first half, going 6-for-12 for 72 yards and two touchdowns -- one to fullback James Develin and one to receiver Brandon LaFell.

Ryan Mallett had missed two Patriots practices earlier in the week but played the entire second half for New England. His knee looked healthy as he ran in one touchdown. He also tossed another score to receiver Brian Tyms. Mallett finished the game 7-for-11 for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Roy Finch had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to break a 28-28 tie.