Philadelphia at Houston

Sanchez helps Eagles over Texans 31-21

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
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HOUSTON (AP) After his performance on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles are confident they'll be fine with Mark Sanchez at quarterback if Nick Foles misses more time with an injury.

Sanchez replaced Foles, overcame turnovers and did enough to keep the Eagles in first place with a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans. Foles hurt his left shoulder late in the first quarter, and Sanchez came on to threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

''He's good,'' running back LeSean McCoy said. ''Even when he came here it's hard to look at him as a backup because of (the) success he's had and experience. I think today wasn't really something surprising to the team.''

''I think we'll do some damage if Nick can't go,'' McCoy continued. ''He'll step in there and do a great job.''

Sanchez, who also threw two interceptions, missed all of last season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder in the preseason. He last played on Dec. 30, 2012, with the New York Jets.

The Eagles (6-2) led by 3 when Jeremy Maclin grabbed a low throw from Sanchez for an 8-yard touchdown to make it 31-21, sealing the win with about four minutes remaining.

Sanchez didn't waste any time in his Philadelphia debut, finding Maclin deep on his first play for a 52-yard gain. Five plays later, he threw a perfect pass to Jordan Matthews for an 11-yard touchdown to make it 14-7 in the second quarter.

He admitted to being a bit nervous before the throw to Maclin. Those butterflies dissolved after that strike.

''You want to get the first throw out of the way. And thanks to Chip we throw it right down the field,'' Sanchez said. ''So that will get your nerves gone.''

Coach Chip Kelly didn't provide many details of the injury to Foles, saying only: ''He's in a sling right now, and that's all I got.''

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 203 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Houston (4-5). The Texans had trouble getting their offense going.

''It was a tough day, and obviously that falls on the quarterback in terms of not being able to get things started and accomplished,'' Fitzpatrick said.

Maclin finished with two touchdowns and 158 yards receiving and McCoy had 117 yards rushing.

The Eagles were up by 10 and driving late in the third quarter when Jumal Rolle grabbed his second interception of the game.

DeMeco Ryans intercepted Fitzpatrick at the Philadelphia 10, but was injured on the play and fumbled the ball as he fell to the ground. DeAndre Hopkins recovered for Houston and scored on a 7-yard reception two plays later to cut the lead to 24-21.

Ryans tore his right Achilles tendon, a person familiar with the injury said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Eagles didn't release details of the injury.

Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney (illness) and linebacker Brian Cushing (knee) were inactive for the Texans and they lost starting cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (concussion) and Kareem Jackson (knee) to injuries in the first quarter.

Houston's defense got to the quarterback early, with four sacks in the first half. The Eagles had allowed just two in the previous six games.

Whitney Mercilus sacked Foles twice in three plays, driving him hard into the turf on the second one to send the quarterback to the locker room.

Houston tied it at 14-14 when Arian Foster grabbed a 56-yard TD pass about four minutes before halftime. That score was set up when receiver Josh Huff tipped a pass by Sanchez that was intercepted by Rolle.

Foster left late in the game and coach Bill O'Brien said he injured his groin and that he hoped he'd be OK after an extra week of rest with the bye next week.

A 45-yard field goal by Cody Parkey gave the Eagles a 17-14 lead at halftime.

Houston missed a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter. The Eagles used four straight running plays capped by an 8-yard run by Chris Polk after that to extend their lead to 24-14 with about three minutes left in the third.

NOTES: Eagles S Safety Nate Allen had started 23 straight games before sitting out with a hamstring injury. ... J.J. Watt finished with 1 1/2 sacks and has 6 1/2 in his last four games. ... Maclin has three touchdowns for 50 yards or longer this season.

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AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

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Pass: M. Sanchez (15-22, 202) R. Fitzpatrick (13-27, 203)
Rush: L. McCoy (23-117) A. Foster (15-56)
Rec: J. Maclin (6-158) D. Hopkins (6-115)
Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
TDJeremy Maclin catches a 59 yard pass from Nick Foles (Cody Parkey kick is good). Drive: 7 plays, 88 yards in 2:39.
TDA.J. Bouye makes 51 yard interception return (Randy Bullock kick is good)..
2ND QUARTER
TDJordan Matthews catches a 11 yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Cody Parkey kick is good). Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards in 2:36.
TDArian Foster catches a 56 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Randy Bullock kick is good). Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards in 2:27.
FGCody Parkey makes 45 yard kick. Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards in 3:58.
3RD QUARTER
TDChris Polk runs for 8 yards (Cody Parkey kick is good). Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards in 1:24.
4TH QUARTER
TDDeAndre Hopkins catches a 7 yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Randy Bullock kick is good). Drive: 2 plays, 7 yards in 0:44.
TDJeremy Maclin catches a 8 yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Cody Parkey kick is good). Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards in 8:01.

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Houston

D. Hopkins
Rec 6
Yds 115
Avg 19.2
TD 1
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J. Maclin
Rec 6
Yds 158
Avg 26.3
TD 2
 
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PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
M. Sanchez15/2220222
N. Foles10/1312411
RushingATTYDSTDLG
L. McCoy23117026
C. Polk850122
D. Sproles31707
M. Sanchez5503
N. Foles1101
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
J. Maclin6158259
D. Sproles446024
J. Matthews340124
J. Huff326010
R. Cooper226013
J. Maehl21308
B. Celek2704
L. McCoy2606
Z. Ertz1404
Houston
PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
R. Fitzpatrick13/2720321
RushingATTYDSTDLG
A. Foster1556018
R. Fitzpatrick649016
A. Blue71307
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
D. Hopkins6115145
A. Foster263156
D. Johnson216011
A. Johnson21209
G. Graham0000
K. Martin0000
A. Blue1-30-3
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