PHILADELPHIA - The Ravens trail for the first time this season after an early turnover exchange has led to the Eagles taking a 7-0 lead with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Philadelphia had its way with Baltimore early, as Michael Vick completed his first five passes for 59 yards to put the Eagles in position to score. But Bernard Pollard intercepted Vick in the end zone with a nice dive in front of the intended receiver.
The Ravens’ first drive didn’t last long, however, as Joe Flacco was stripped from behind by Trent Cole on second down and the Eagles had the ball back at the 15-yard line.
Six plays and two penalties later, LeSean McCoy ran it in from 1 yard out for a 7-0 lead. The touchdown was set up by a personal foul on safety Ed Reed, who was flagged for a blow to Vick’s head
Update: The Ravens answered right away for a score set up by rookie Deonte Thompson’s 49-yard kickoff return.
Baltimore drove 58 yards in seven plays over 3:32, with the last being a Vonta Leach 5-yard power run to the right, knotting the score at 7-7.
Ray Rice ran three times for 15 yards on the drive and the big play was a 23-yard pass to Ed Dickson to start the possession.
Update II: The Eagles were in strong position to score after a failed fake punt by the Ravens, but the third turnover of the game has the ball back in Baltimore’s hands.
Bryce Brown fumbled a handoff and after a comic bouncing act, Albert McClellan corralled the loose ball at the Ravens 30. Huge giveaway early in the second quarter.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Rice found a huge hole and ran 43 yards up the gut to the Philadelphia 27-yard line. Now it’s Baltimore’s turn to try and finish.