In-Game Updates: Eagles 24, Cardinals 21

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In-Game Updates: Eagles 24, Cardinals 21

Gunn and Mosher recap a huge win for the Eagles

December 1, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Nick Foles warms up before Sunday's game against Arizona. (USA Today Images)

News, notes, observations and tweets from Eagles-Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. For the latest stats and to watch our quarterly updates with Michael Barkann, Ray Didinger and Brian Westbrook, see In-Game Live. For our social media center, see Eagles Pulse. Here are your inactives.

The Eagles have won the toss and deferred to the second half. Cardinals will receive the kickoff.


Cardinals' ball, own 26

TURNOVER: On 3rd-and-5, Trent Cole sacks Carson Palmer, who fumbles, and Bennie Logan recovers.

@GeoffMosherCSN: Mentioned on CSN pregame show, Cole made an adjustment in his rush last few weeks after going first 8 weeks w/o sack. Now has 4 in 4 

Eagles' ball, Cardinals' 25

TOUCHDOWN: All about the tight ends. The first three plays go to Brent Celek, who catches a 16-yarder on 3rd-and-7. Then 1st-and-goal at the 6, Nick Foles takes the snap, spins and finds Zach Ertz in the back of the end zone. Foles has 17 TDs, no picks. Only Peyton Manning (20) has began a season with more TD passes before throwing an interception. 

Eagles 7, Cardinals 0

Drive: 4 plays, 25 seconds, 56 seconds

@GeoffMosherCSN: Second TD of the season for Ertz. Eagles go 25 yards to pay dirt on four plays -- all passes to tight ends. #EaglesTalk

Cardinals' ball, own 20

TURNOVER: After Bradley Fletcher is called for unnecessary roughness for body slamming Jaron Brown, Palmer looks deep for Michael Floyd, but Nate Allen picks if off and returns it 43 yards. 

@NSlotkinCSN: That was Nate Allen's first INT since season finale in 2011 vs Redskins. #Eaglestalk

@GeoffMosherCSN: Allen is the 8th different Eagle with an interception this year. #EaglesTalk

@RoobCSN: Nate Allen's first pick since end of the 2011 season. ... Nate Allen's 43-yard return is longest by an Eagles safety in 7 years -- since Michael Lewis 84-yarder in 2006 at Redskins. #EaglesTalk 

Eagles' ball, own 39

THREE-AND-OUT: Eagles can't take advantage of this turnover: Sack, LeSean McCoy +1, Foles scramble and surrenders, +7, punt. Nice punt though by Donnie Jones - 40 yards, fair caught by Patrick Peterson at the 11.

Cardinals' ball, own 11

BIG DROP: Birds catch a break. On 3rd-and-4 at the Cards' 47, tight end Rob Housler drops a first down. Cards punt. DeSean Jackson fair catch at Eagles' 18.

@GeoffMosherCSN: Cards hadn't turned  ball over in past two games. Have two already. Turned the ball over 2 or more times in seven games (3-4). #EaglesTalk 

Eagles' ball, own 18

PUNT: Zach Ertz reaches up and makes a nice snag over the middle +22, but then the drive stalls. Curious call on 3rd-and-7, Shady off tackle +5. Another nice punt, this one to the 9, Peterson +3.

INJURIES: Najee Goode (hamstring) - return questionable, Jeff Maehl (head) - return questionable

Cardinals' ball, own 12


INJURIES: Maehl (head) will not return.

PUNT: On 3rd-and-15, Palmer goes deep to Andre Roberts.. good coverage, overthrown. The punt is downed at the Eagles' 2.

@GeoffMosherCSN: DeMeco Ryans picked up his third sack, his most in a season since his rookie year (3.5, 2006). #EaglesTalk 

Eagles' ball, own 2

MESSY: On 2nd-and-4, not sure where Bryce Brown was going - he runs across the field and loses eight yards. Ertz gets nothing on a third-down catch, but then the punt is a circus. It hits a Cardinals player, then is recovered and returned by Antoine Cason, who then fumbles, and the Eagles recover. The ruling on the field is then overturned - Cason's knee was down before the ball came out. Arizona ball.

Cardinals' ball, own 43

TOUCHDOWN: On 3rd-and-20 following a sack by Brandon Graham and Bennie Logan, Palmer throws a strike over the middle to Larry Fitzgerald, who is covered by Brandon Boykin. Patrick Chung arrives and hits both Fitz and Boykin, Fitz stays on his feet, Boykin doesn't .. 43-yard score. Earlier in the series, the Eagles challenged the spot on Andre Roberts' catch on 3rd-and-5, and won, but Rashard Mendenhall converted the 4th-and-1.

Eagles 7, Cardinals 7

Drive: 8 plays, 57 yards, 4:13

Eagles' ball, own 22

FIELD GOAL: Alex Henery hits a 32-yarder. Before that ...

Good: Foles to Shady, +19.

Good/bad: Foles found a wide open Avant for 20, but it could have been much more had the ball not been underthrown.

Good: Riley Cooper makes a great one-handed snag, breaks a tackle +24.

Bad: On 1st-and-goal at the 6, Brad Smith in at QB, drops the snap, loss of four.

@RoobCSN: That was right out of the Ronnie Brown playbook.

Bad: Foles sacked on 3rd-and-8.

Eagles 10, Cardinals 7

Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 3:49

Cardinals' ball, own 22 

PUNT: Mendenhall runs for a first, then Palmer throws three straight incompletions. 

Eagles' ball, own 22: 

Good: Great pass over Peterson to DeSean +25
Bad: Foles deep to DeSean, should have been picked by Peterson
Bad: Ref checks on a replay page, finds there's no need for a review - it's a miscalculation of the replay system ... or something
Bad: Foles has all day, throws late to Avant, broken up
Good: On 4th-and-2 with 43 seconds left in the half, Shady picks up the first down, +5.
Good: Foles to Cooper in the end zone, ball is high, Jerraud Powers goes for it over Cooper's back, is called for pass interference. Yeah, the rules favor the offense.
Good: Foles to Brent Celek, 1-yard TD.

@RoobCSN: Foles now within 2 TDs of Peyton Manning's NFL record of 20 TD passes to open a season before an interception. Foles 18 TDs, 0 INTs.

Eagles 17, Cardinals 7

Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 2:07



Eagles' ball, own 20

@NSlotkinCSN: Nick Foles has been lucky on a few bad throws...just sense that first INT is coming. #Eaglestalk

INJURY UPDATE: Goode (hamstring) will not return

TOUCHDOWN: Foles throws a strike down the middle to Ertz, 24 yards. Now has 19 TDs with no picks, one shy of Peyton Manning's record.

Before that ...

Good: Foles to Cooper on 3rd-and-10, +16.
Bad: Foles to DeSean, who gets lit up by Mathieu, loss of 3.
Good: Foles strike to Ertz, +16.
Bad: Foles pass ... to invisible man.
Bad: Incompletion - lateral - out of bounds.

@GeoffMosherCSN: In the 12th game of his pro career, Zach Ertz has something seven-year pro Brent Celek doesn't: a two-TD game in the regular season.

@RoobCSN: Last Eagles rookie TE with 2 TD catches in a game was Keith Jackson vs. Rams in 1988. Keith was just here for the Redskins game 2 weeks ago.

Eagles 24, Cardinals 7

Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 4:44

Cardinals' ball, own 20 

TOUCHDOWN: Palmer hits a wide open Michael Floyd, 23-yard touchdown. Boykin trailed the play.

Before that ...

BAD: Patrick Chung misses a tackle twice on the same play, a 30-yard catch-and-run by RB Stephen Taylor. Then on the next play, an incompletion to Fitzgerald, Chung missed Fitz and hit Cary Williams.

GOOD: Coverage by Cary Williams on deep ball to Floyd, should have gotten call for offensive PI.

BAD: On that same play, illegal hands to the face on Cedric Thornton.

Eagles 24, Cardinals 14

Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 5:02

Eagles' ball, own 29 - *Brad Smith returns kickoff 31 yards.

THREE-AND-OUT:  Foles looks for DeSean, but pass is deflected by Calais Campbell. Shady stuffed for loss of two, then Foles is sacked for a loss of 13. Donnie Jones' punt is for some reason let go by Patrick Peterson. It sails over Peterson's head for a 69-yard punt. Eagles decline penalty on Cards for having 12 men on the field.

@RoobCSN: That's a 69-yard punt for Donnie Jones after hitting a 70-yarder in his last game. The Eagles' two longest punts since 1994. #EaglesTalk

Cardinals' ball, own 17

TURNOVER: Cary Williams picks off Carson Palmer, Eagles' second pick of the day. Before that, Brandon Graham recorded his second sack of the game after entering the game with just one all season.

@GeoffMosherCSN: Two sacks today for Brandon Graham. Had 2.5 last year vs. Cincy, a career best.  #EaglesTalk

Eagles' ball, own 49


@GeoffMosherCSN: Fifth time this season the Cards have turned the ball over at least three times.  #EaglesTalk

@RoobCSN: Palmer just throwing jump balls up there. Awful. But great to see the Eagles taking advantage. They had 8 INTs last year. 15 this year.

THREE-AND-OUT: Two incompletions and a five-yard run by Shady on 3rd-and-10. Punt.

Cardinals' ball, own 11

THREE-AND-OUT: Trent Cole sacked Palmer on 3rd-and-2. DeSean Jackson returns punt for a TD, but it's negated because of a holding penalty. 

@RoobCSN: Huge play by Trent Cole. Revived & rejuvenated. Now has 5 sacks in last 4 games.

Cole has 76 career sacks, tied for second in team history with Clyde Simmons. 

Eagles' ball, own 35

@CSNPhilly: Eagles have 4 sacks and 3 takeaways today. Last time they did that? Dec. 18, 2011 in a 45-19 win over the Jets 

PUNT: A 19-yard run by Shady is cut to nine by an illegal block penalty on Jason Avant. Then Foles is sacked twice to stop the drive.

Cardinals' ball, own 16

THREE-AND-OUT: A Mendenhall run + two incompletions = punt.

Eagles' ball, own 34 

UGLY: Bryce Brown has no shot, is hit right after he takes the handoff, loses four. Then on 3rd-and-9, Foles throws a one-hopper to DeSean. Punt.

Cardinals' ball, own 14 

TOUCHDOWN: Palmer to Floyd for 15. Palmer threads the needle to Fitzgerald for 11. Roberts makes a nice sliding catch for 17 that is called an incompletion but reversed by replay. Floyd makes a tough 34-yard catch in traffic. Pass interference on the goal line on Roc Carmichael, then easy, three-yard TD pass to wide open TE Jake Dray.

Eagles 24, Cardinals 21 - 4:45 left

Drive: 8 plays, 86 yards, 2:35 

Eagles' ball, own 31 after 32-yard return by Brandon Boykin .. 4:37 left

VERY LUCKY: Foles is nearly sacked, tosses it up for grabs over the middle, and it's picked by Peterson -- but phantom holding call on Tyrann Mathieu, who was covering Jason Avant, negates it. Foles then runs for six, Shady for one and Foles then gets one and is slammed to the turf by Daryl Washington. Great punt by Jones again, 43 yards, perfect hop and downed at the Cards' 10.

Cardinals' ball, own 10

GOOD D/BAD PASS/NO CALLS: Incompletion to Floyd on the right sideline, looked like he was held/interfered with. Palmer then misses Roberts on 3rd-and-5, then goes for Floyd on fourth down -- Fletcher blanket coverage, no flags.

Eagles' ball, Cards' 15, 1:51 left

BIG CALL: Defensive holding on LB Matt Shaughnessy gives the Eagles a first down, and Eagles run out the clock.