Pats-Eagles 3rd quarter: Eagles drive; Gostkowski drills one

Pats-Eagles 3rd quarter: Eagles drive; Gostkowski drills one
August 21, 2012, 3:10 am
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FOXBORO -- The second half began with an eight-play, 80-yard drive that took four minutes, and resulted in a three-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Clay Harbor that gave the Eagles a 21-14 lead. That drive saw a deep 40-yard pass to DeSean Jackson which put the Eagles in Patriots territory after he beat Sterling Moore. It was a drive that saw way too much time in the pocket for Foles.

The Patriots scored their only points in the quarter on a 55-yard field goal from Stephen Gostowski with 4:12 remaining. It finished a possession that saw a big pass from Mallett to Branch down the left sideline, after Branch was able to shake off some tight coverage and make the catch on a solid throw.

Gostkowski's field goal cut Philadelphia's lead to 21-17, but with 33 seconds left in the quarter, Alex Henery made up for his previously missed 55-yard field-goal attempt by nailing a 42-yarder and giving the Eagles a 24 17 lead after three quarters.

Ryan Mallett returned as the Patriots quarterback, after being replaced by Brian Hoyer in the second quarter. Hoyer, however, returned for his second stint of the game, with 30 seconds left in the third.

Deion Branch and Donte' Stallworth both saw time at wide receiver in the quarter.

Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette was called for a roughing the passer penalty after he crushed Foles with a hit just as the Eagles' quarterback released the ball. It was on third down, and it gave Philadelphia a first down. It ended up not mattering, as Henery eventually missed a 55-yard field goal later in the possession.