By Joseph Santoliquito

PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — Defense and special teams forged a 20-7 Eagles’ lead over the St. Louis Rams entering intermission on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field—as the Eagles’ defense and special teams did last week in San Francisco.

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And once again, the Eagles’ offense had some trouble getting into the end zone from inside the 10-yard line, and LeSean McCoy had trouble finding anywhere to run, even losing nine yards after taking in a screen pass and fumbling the ball away early in the second quarter.

But the defense erased that when Vinny Curry nailed Rams’ quarterback Austin Davis jarring the ball free for Fletcher Cox to pick up the loose ball.

A Nick Foles interception (his fifth INT against 7 TDs) led to the Rams’ only score of the half. McCoy finished the half with 32 yards on 7 carries, the bulk of which came on a 19-yard run, tying his second-longest this season (behind a 21-yard rush against the Colts).

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It was the special teams again that set the tone. A James Casey blocked punt enabled Chris Maragos to score his first NFL touchdown and give the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead. It marked the first time in franchise history that the Eagles scored a special teams touchdown in three-straight games.

The Eagles also became the first team in the NFL to block punts for touchdowns in consecutive games since the 2002 Baltimore Ravens.

Foles’ 9-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper with :30 left in the half was their first offensive touchdown since Foles connected with Jeremy Maclin halfway through the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 37-34 victory over Washington on Sept. 21.


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