The Eagles won the opening coin toss and elected to defer. The Cardinals started out with the ball on offense first. Eric Rowe got beat deep on the first play but luckily for him John Brown dropped the would-be touchdown. It didn't matter much for the Eagles defense. Byron Maxwell got carried for a ride by Arizona tight end Darren Fells into the red zone after he went for the strip and not the tackle. David Johnson punched it on in a short touchdown run. Too easy.
For the second straight week, Ryan Mathews took the first snap at running back. Sam Bradford hit Jordan Matthews in a tight window on third down for a big catch and run to move the chains. Bradford hit Matthews on third down again but took a shot and stayed on the ground for a while before finally walking off and returning a play later. Bradford tried to hit Zach Ertz for a first down in the red zone but it ended up being a hospital pass. Caleb Sturgis came in for the 36-yard field goal.
Arizona's second drive didn't look too different from their first. The Cardinals offense marched into the red zone with ease. This time, however, Fletcher Cox came up with a sack on third down to force a short field goal. It should be noted the Eagles were lucky to have Brown drop another touchdown pass on this drive.
Bradford threw short of the sticks on third down and the Cardinals took over for their third possession. Arizona got set back due to a holding penalty and Philadelphia forced the Cardinals to punt for the first time in the game. Bruce Arians begged and whined for a pass interference penalty, but he didn't get it.
Mathews pulled off a big run to kick off Philly's third drive. DeMarco Murray finally entered the game but did he didn't make much of an impact. The Cardinals got mixed up in coverage and Bradford hit a wide open Ertz for a 22-yard score to tie the game.
Brown dropped another wide open pass, this time on third-and-long. The Eagles couldn't capitalize on Arizona's punt. Bradford threw a pass too far out in front of Matthews on third down. The Cards got the ball back and Johnson broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run. Just awful "tackling" from Philadelphia's defense. Walter Thurmond, Ed Reynolds, and E.J. Biggers all missed tackles on the play.
Bradford hit Brent Celek on an awesome back shoulder throw. Good catch, too. The Eagles faced 4th-and-1 in the red zone. They went for it. They did not get it. Mathews was stopped short. Now is probably a good time to mention Murray is perfect on 3rd/4th and short this season, right?
The Eagles didn't get off to a good start on their first drive of the second half. Ertz had a pass go right through his hands. Bradford's pass on third down was tipped and fell incomplete.
At this point in the game, the Eagles were without both starting cornerbacks: Maxwell and Eric Rowe. Jaylen Watkins and E.J. Biggers were forced into outside roles. Palmer hit Michael Floyd for an amazing catch down the field along the sideline to put the Cardinals right near the goal line. Chip Kelly challenged the play, but Floyd's knee was clearly down before his shoulder landed. Johnson ran it in for a short score. Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed the extra point, however.
The Eagles started to put a promising drive together. Bradford made a few nice throws. Then he got sacked by Frostee Rucker and fumbled. Yep.
Palmer got hurt late in third quarter after he hit his thumb on Connor Barwin's helmet. Drew Stanton came in and immediately threw an awful pass to force the Cardinals to punt.
The Eagles started to get another drive going but Mathews coughed up a fumble. Terrible.
Palmer returned to the game and didn't seem to be too bothered by his injury. He helped lead yet another scoring drive by hitting Brown for a touchdown. The Arizona wide receiver didn't drop it this time. Biggers missed a tackle to allow the score.
To make matters even worse, Bradford threw a bad pick six to Deone Buccannon. The throw was behind his target.
Bradford made up for his mistake by hitting a wide open Matthews deep for a 77-yard touchdown. The Cardinals just blew their coverage on the play. Matthews and Josh Huff did an extensive celebration after the play. Down 20 points in the fourth quarter. Yeah.
Marcus Smith picked up half of a sack, the first of his career, to force Arizona to punt. The Eagles went on to turn the ball over on downs. The Cardinals then picked up another field goal.
Bradford threw another bad pick late in the game. The ball went right to Tyrann Mathieu. Then the Cards ran out the clock to end the game.
Stay tuned for much more Eagles-Cardinals postgame coverage.