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Carson Wentz engineers Eagles TD on 1st career drive

PHILADELPHIA -- It didn't take long for Carson Wentz to get his first taste of success.

The rookie quarterback out of North Dakota State went 4-for-5 for 57 yards and 1 touchdown on his first NFL drive, helping the Philadelphia Eagles jump to a 7-0 lead Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, en route to a 29-10 win. The lone incompletion was a drop from wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

Matthews made up for it, though, hauling in a perfectly-placed ball in the left corner of the end zone for a 19-yard TD.

"It was just man coverage, man coverage across the board," Wentz said. "And I knew Jordan, all week we had been repping that, and I knew he'd get a good release and beat his guy, and that's what he did. I just threw it out there, gave him a chance and he made a heck of a play."

Tight end Zach Ertz kick-started the drive with a one-handed grab along the right sideline for a 14-yard completion -- the first of Wentz's career.

Wentz went on to complete 22-of-37 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown toss to receiver Nelson Agholor in the third quarter that helped secure the win over Cleveland.

"When coach called it, I was pretty excited," said Wentz of the shot to Agholor. "And Nelson, right off the ball, he killed his guy [cornerback Joe Haden] and had a great release. I put it out there for him and he was running and it was great. Great play."

Wentz is the first Eagles rookie quarterback to start a season opener since Davey O'Brien in 1939.

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Wentz connects with Matthews for first career TD
Wentz connects with Matthews for first career TD
Eagles QB Carson Wentz finds Jordan Matthews in the end zone for his first career touchdown on Philadelphia's first drive of the game.

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