At the beginning of the second quarter, the Eagles recovered a fumbled punt, but the call was overturned upon review. The Cardinals would capitalize on their luck, driving 57 yards to tie the game, as Carson Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 43-yard score on 3rd and 20.
The Eagles responded with a drive of their own but would settle for a field goal after some questionable play calling from Chip Kelly. On 1st and goal Kelly brought in Brad Smith to run the wildcat offense and he fumbled the ball before recovering it.
Philadelphia got the ball back with 2:22 left in the half and drove to the Arizona 34 where they faced 4th and 2. LeSean McCoy was given the ball, running for five yards and the first down. A pass interference call on the next play gave the Eagles the ball on the 1-yard line, and Foles would hit Celek for a 1-yard touchdown on the following play to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead at the half.
The Eagles defense continued its steady improvement in the first half, forcing two Arizona turnovers on a fumble and an interception.
Philadelphia would emerge from the locker room ready to go, opening the second half with an 82-yard drive, culminating in a 24-yard touchdown reception by Ertz, his second of the day.
The Cardinals would respond with an 80-yard touchdown of their own, pulling to within 24-14. A fourth quarter touchdown on a 69-yard drive would bring Arizona to within 24-21 with 4:45 remaining.
Philadelphia took over with plenty of clock left to kill, and Nick Foles threw what would have been his first interception of the season, had it not been called back thanks to a penalty on the Cardinals.
The Eagles defense stayed strong, stopping the Cardinals on 4th and 5 on the Arizona 15 to take over on downs and run out the clock for the 24-21 win.
It was a solid day yet again for the Philadelphia defense, as they continued to bend but not break. Forcing three turnovers on the day, the defense held their opponent to 21 points or less for the eighth consecutive week.
In his first game since officially being named the starter, Foles went 21 for 34 for 237 yards passing and three touchdowns. While Foles was solid again, he did have a few passes that would have been intercepted if it weren’t for DeSean Jackson breaking one up and a penalty negating another. But hey, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.
The win was the fourth consecutive for Philadelphia, putting them at 7-5 on the season and keeping them tied with Dallas for the lead in the NFC East. Philadelphia will be back in action December 8 at 1 p.m. against Detroit.
By: Kyle Babcock
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