The Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles played a dramatic game that went down to the final seconds in a game that could be a possible playoff preview
There wasn’t much offense in the first half in the NFC showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals but the second half featured some offensive fireworks, including the game-winning touchdown by John Brown as the Cardinals stunned the Eagles to win by the score of 24-20 to improve to 6-1 and drop the Eagles to 5-2.
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Both teams came into Sunday afternoon’s tilt with identical 5-1 records as this could be a playoff preview between two teams in a good position to see the postseason, but neither team looked particularly strong in the first 30 minutes.
Nick Foles connected with Jeremy Maclin on a 21-yard touchdown in for the lone score in the first quarter and the Cardinals answered the score with a one-yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive on the ensuing possession as the two teams went to halftime with the game tied at 7-7.
This just set the stage for a dramatic first half that began with future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald putting the Cardinals on top 53 seconds into the third quarter with an 80-yard touchdown reception, the longest play of his NFL career to give Arizona a 14-7 lead.
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The rest of the third quarter belonged to Foles, Maclin and the Eagles, however, as the Eagles got a 54-yard field goal from Cody Parkey to cut the deficit to four and bring the score to 14-10 and then they took the lead when Foles found Maclin for the second time from 54 yards out following a three-and-out by the Cardinals offense to give the Eagles a 17-14 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Following an interception by Foles to Antonio Cromartie the Cardinals got in position for the go-ahead touchdown, but after the drive stalled at the Philadelphia 10 after three straight incompletions from Carson Palmer, the Cardinals settled for the game-tying field goal from Chandler Catanzaro from 28 yards out.
With the Eagles going with a no-huddle, shotgun approach with the game tied at 17 apiece, Foles meticulously drove the ball down the field with LeSean McCoy running for 35 yards, including drawing a 15-yard penalty for a horse collar tackle as the Eagles drove deep into enemy territory.
McCoy was handed the ball on third-and-1 and the AZ two and was stuffed for no gain by the NFL’s no. 1 rush defense and after the two-minute warning sent Parkey out for the go-ahead field goal from 20 yards to give them a 20-17 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Palmer found rookie Josh Brown for a 75 yard touchdown along the left side for the game-winning touchdown. The play was reviewed to determine if Brown broke the plane and the replay official determined that he did and the ruling on the field stood as a touchdown.
Palmer finished with 329 yards passing and two touchdowns with Fitzgerald his leading receiver with seven receptions for 160 yards and Brown finished with five grabs for 119 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
Foles threw for 411 yards on 36-of-62 passing against the No. 31 pass defense with two touchdowns and two interceptions. McCoy finished with 83 yards on 21 carries and Maclin had a game-high 12 receptions, 187 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort.
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