FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – Tom Brady dove in vain at Cary Williams as the Eagles cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown on the opening series.
Then the turnovers went in the Patriots direction.
New England scored touchdowns on three of the four that Philadelphia committed, and the Patriots beat the Eagles 42-35 in Brady’s preseason debut Friday night.
“We always try to aggressively attack the ball,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. “Those can be game-changing plays so when you get a chance to make them, you need to make them.”
All six quarterbacks did a good job with their opportunities, a sign that both teams have depth.
Every one of them who played — Brady, rookie Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Mallett for the Patriots (1-1) and Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley for the Eagles (0-2) each threw at least one touchdown pass.
The Eagles rarely had the ball early.
And when they got it later, they kept giving it away.
“I think the big thing in this game is we just can’t turn over the ball and we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot,” Foles said.
New England had two offensive series before the Eagles had even one since the Patriots’ first ended with Williams’ 77-yard interception return. Williams hurt his hamstring on the play and didn’t return.
The Patriots showed a balanced offense — 250 yards rushing, 245 passing.
“We had the momentum all game,” said Mallett, competing with Garoppolo for the No. 2 job.
Garoppolo picked right up after Brady left, throwing scoring passes on his first two series, a 15-yarder to James Develin and a 4-yarder to Brandon LaFell for a 21-7 lead. The pass to LaFell was New England’s 35th offensive play. Philadelphia had just six at the time.
Saints 31, Titans 24
In New Orleans, Jimmy Graham caught two touchdown passes, celebrating both with banned celebratory dunks over the goal post, in the Saints’ victory over Tennessee.
With star quarterback Drew Brees resting his sore abdomen, Luke McCown started for New Orleans (2-0) and threw both of scoring passes to Graham. However, Graham’s celebrations drew penalty flags, and coach Sean Payton appeared annoyed after the second one, barking in Graham’s direction on the sideline.
Raiders 27, Lions 26
In Oakland, Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes on his first two drives for Detroit before Matt McGloin threw a 19-yard TD pass to Brice Butler with 6 seconds to go to give Oakland a victory over the Lions.
McGloin came in after backup Derek Carr left with injured ribs earlier in the fourth quarter and led the game-winning 68-yard drive.
Seahawks 41, Chargers 14
In Seattle, Russell Wilson threw for 121 yards and ran for two touchdowns, leading the Seahawks to scores on all four of his possessions.
Wilson completed 11 of 13 passes, and connected on his first eight attempts.