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.
Tom E. Curran joins SNC to discuss news that the New England Patriots have traded Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for a conditional 7th round pick.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry join SNC to give their opinion on whether or not they think the New England Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver, and which player will land the 5th receiver spot.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots didn't release third-year center Bryan Stork, though they informed him they would do so early on Wednesday. Instead, they traded him to the Washington Redskins.
The deal was announced on Wednesday afternoon. In return for the former fourth-round pick out of Florida State, the Patriots received a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick from Washington.
Stork is reportedly mulling retirement. If he does not report to the Redskins, and the conditions of the deal are not met, the Patriots would not receive compensation.
The seventh-round pick would provide the Patriots with a seventh-rounder in 2017 that they didn't have when the day began. The team traded its original seventh-rounder to the Lions last season in exchange for tight end Michael Williams.
(The Patriots could, in theory, receive a seventh-rounder from the Lions since they received a conditional seventh in a trade for linebacker Jonathan Bostic, who was sent to Detroit in May. But because Bostic is recovering from foot surgery, the conditions of that trade may prevent the pick from ever making its way to New England.)
The Patriots informed Stork of his release early Wednesday, but before that move was processed, the Patriots and Redskins were able to work out a deal.
Stork has had difficulty staying healthy as a pro, his emotions sometimes got the best of him on the field, and teammate David Andrews had beaten him for the starting center role with the Patriots. Still, Stork's teammate and friend Jimmy Garoppolo said it was tough to see Stork move on.
Despite the question marks that accompany Stork's arrival in Washington -- that is, if he decides to report -- the Redskins were more than willing to pay the modest price to acquire him. They are desperate for help at the center position.