Eagles Lead 49ers 17-10 at Halftime, Kolb On Fire

Kevin Kolb completed his first 9 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Kevin Kolb completed his first 9 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

At halftime, the Eagles lead the 49ers 17-10 behind the strong play of Kevin Kolb, filling in for an injured Michael Vick.  Kolb is 12-of-14 for 123 yards and an 8-yard touchdown to Brent Celek, but did lose a fumble.  LeSean McCoy also has a 29-yard touchdown run.
The 49ers opened the game with a methodical 11 play, 57-yard drive lasting more than 7 minutes. The drive was capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Michael Crabtree, putting San Francisco on top 7-0.

Philadelphia’s offense wasn’t to be outdone though, driving 75 yards on 10 plays in 5:30. Kevin Kolb exected perfectly on the drive, going 6-for-6 for 72 yards and th touchdown. Brent Celek was his favorite target, catching the 8-yard touchdown pass and a 32-yard strike on a play the Birds practiced several times this week.

Kolb rolled to the right and threw back across the grain to a wide open Celek for a 32 yards. A few plays later, after a LeSean McCoy touchdown run was wiped out due to a hold by Todd Herremans, Kolb escaped pressure in the pocket by breaking a tackle, rolled to his right and found Celek at the goal line.

The Eagles defense then came up with a big play, as Moise Fokou forced a fumble by Frank Gore with :16 left in the opening frame.  Joselio Hanson recovered and the Eagles turned it into a field goal early in the second quarter to take a 10-7 lead.

Late in the half, the Eagles put together a 3 play, 53-yard drive.  First, Kolb connected with DeSean Jackson for 20 yards and 4 yards on back to back plays, then LeSean McCoy found a hole and dashed 29 yards to the end zone.  McCoy has 7 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco managed a field goal on the ensuing drive, cutting the score to 17-10.  Philadelphia got the ball back at its own 37-yardline with 36 seconds left in the half and all three timeouts, leaving Andy Reid and Kevin Kolb with a good test of their time management.

They couldn’t make anything of it, though, as King Dunlap, filling in for an injured Jason Peters, was beaten cleanly by Manny Lawson, who sacked Kolb and forced a fumble.  That gave San Francisco another chance at points, but Joe Nedney missed a field goal at the end of the half.

While the Eagles offense has been firing on all cylinders, the defense has been stout since the opening drive as well.  Philadelphia forced two first half turnovers, with a forced fumble by Moise Fokou that was recovered by Joselio Hanson and an interception by Dimitri Patterson.

At halftime, Alex Smith is 11-of-16 for 139 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Frank Gore has 13 carries for 22 yards.  Philadelphia will receive the kickoff to open the second half.

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Topics: Brent Celek, Kevin Kolb, LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers

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