1:00 PM ET, December 1, 2013
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Sunday Blitz: Cardinals-Eagles Recap
Foles threw three touchdown passes and a tough defense at the end helped the Eagles hold on for a 24-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
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The Eagles (7-5) won their fourth straight game to remain tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. They're 5-1 when Foles starts.
"Big thing for Nick is his experience," coach Chip Kelly said. "He's getting better and better and making good decisions. We trust him because he's a good decision-maker. You're starting to see him grow."
Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three TD passes, but also had two interceptions and lost a fumble as the Cardinals (7-5) had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Foles picked up where he left off in November, when he was the NFC's Player of the Month and tied an NFL record with seven TDs in a game. The second-year pro finished 21 of 34 for 237 yards against a defense that came in ranked eighth in the league.
Making just his 12th career start, Foles set a team record for most passes without an interception (233), breaking Michael Vick's mark of 224 set in 2010. He also moved within one TD pass of tying Peyton Manning's record of 20 TD passes and zero interceptions to start a season.
"It wasn't a smart decision. It was a mistake," Foles said. "I was happy there was a penalty. I was off-balance and threw across the middle. That's a no-no."
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"We had a chance to win it, multiple opportunities to make plays," Palmer said. "You can't come into a place like this and play against a good team in front of a crowd like this and not win that battle."
In a game featuring two defensive coordinators going against former teams, Bill Davis' unit outplayed Todd Bowles' group.
The Eagles have held opponents to 21 points or fewer in eight straight games after giving up an average of 27.5 points per game the first four weeks.
"I have a lot of different responsibilities, getting used to that," said Cole, who along with Graham was switched from defensive end to linebacker in Davis' 3-4 system. "Hard work pays off. Keep your head straight, work hard, stay humble, you'll get it done."
Down 24-7 after Foles threw a 24-yard TD pass to Ertz on the first series in the third quarter, the Cardinals rallied. Palmer tossed a 23-yard TD pass to Floyd to cut it to 24-14 on the next series.
Palmer then threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jim Dray to get the Cardinals within a field goal at 24-21 with 4:45 left.
"We learned a lot of lessons today, what playoff atmosphere is on the road and how to overcome it, how to handle it when bad things happen," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.
Foles drove the Eagles 78 yards late in the second quarter, tossing a 1-yard TD pass to Brent Celek to make it 17-7 before halftime. A 28-yard pass interference penalty on Jerraud Powers put the ball at the 1.
Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald on a 43-yard TD pass to tie it at 7 midway through the second quarter.
Fitzgerald made the catch over the middle on a third-and-20 pass, two defenders collided into each other and the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver ran untouched into the end zone.
On the third play from scrimmage, Cole sacked Palmer and forced a fumble that was recovered by Bennie Logan at the Cardinals 25. Foles then tossed a 6-yard TD pass to Ertz for a 7-0 lead.
RB Andre Ellington, Arizona's leading rusher, didn't play because of an injured left knee. ... Cardinals are 0-8 when seeking their fifth win in row since 1977. ... Eagles S Earl Wolff missed his second straight game with a knee injury. ... Allen's INT was his first since the last game of the 2011 season. ... Eagles LB Najee Goode left the game with a hamstring injury.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 1: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes during warmups before...(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.1||4.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-1||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||12:35||Zach Ertz 6 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 25 yds, 0:56
|TD||7:59||Larry Fitzgerald 43 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yds, 4:13
|FG||4:05||Alex Henery 32 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 64 yds, 3:51
|TD||0:19||Brent Celek 1 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 2:07
|TD||10:21||Zach Ertz 24 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 4:44
|TD||5:20||Michael Floyd 23 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:02
|TD||4:49||Jim Dray 3 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 86 yds, 2:35
The Cardinals sent five or more pass rushers on 70% of Nick Foles' first-half dropbacks, with Foles going 10-of-14 for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns against such pressure. The Cardinals were more selective sending added rushers in the second half, which helped slow Foles.[+]
Nick Foles Facing 5+ Pass Rushers Sunday
The Cardinals entered Sunday with the most pass yards and touchdowns allowed to tight ends this season. Nick Foles and the Eagles took advantage, with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz catching all three touchdowns Sunday. Foles had thrown only three touchdowns to his tight ends entering Sunday.[+]
Nick Foles by Target Position Sunday
Carson Palmer threw both of his interceptions Sunday on passes thrown deeper than 30 yards downfield and completed only 1 of his 4 attempts of those distances. Palmer has been unable to throw deep all season, entering the week with a 20.0 completion percentage (29th) and 3 interceptions (tied for the most) on passes deeper than 30 yards.
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