Final Score: Arizona 21, Philadelphia 17
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For the Philadelphia Eagles, it's the same
tune. And, unfortunately, they can't find a different station.
Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes as part of a record-setting
performance and made an unbelievable over-the-head grab to set up Arizona's
go-ahead score late in regulation, handing the Eagles another gut-wrenching
Philadelphia (3-6) blew a fourth-quarter lead for the fifth time this season
in a year that has become far from dreamy.
"We have to fix it. The obvious is there. Penalties, moving backwards. You
can't do that," Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid said about the troubles in
the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals (3-6), meanwhile, snapped an 11-game road losing streak.
Arizona trailed 14-7 after three quarters, but rallied behind backup
quarterback John Skelton, who made his second straight start in place of Kevin
Kolb. Though the former Eagle was out again because of turf toe, he still
enjoyed the view from the sidelines as the Cardinals won as the visitor for
the first time since September 12 last year at St. Louis.
The Cardinals began their game-tying drive at their own 11-yard line, and
Skelton hit Fitzgerald for a 29-yard gain, placing the ball at the
Philadelphia 48. Skelton threw incomplete on third down, but an offsides
penalty on cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha gave Arizona another opportunity. This
time, on 3rd-and-5, Skelton found Fitzgerald for 10 yards.
A 20-yard reception by Andre Roberts and six-yard run by Beanie Wells set up
Fitzgerald's seven-yard touchdown off a deflection. And with the catch,
Fitzgerald recorded his 70th career touchdown, surpassing Roy Green for the
Cardinals franchise record.
Michael Vick appeared to have thrown an interception on Philadelphia's next
possession. The Eagles challenged the turnover and it was determined Arizona
cornerback Richard Marshall dropped the ball.
Philadelphia wound up punting the ball away and Asomugha picked off Skelton in
Cardinals territory. Alex Henery kicked a 36-yard field goal to put the Eagles
up 17-14 with 5:06 remaining.
Arizona was pinned at its own 13-yard line to start the ensuing drive. The
Cardinals moved the ball to the 32, where they faced a 4th-and-2 with 3:10
left. Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt made a gutsy call, opting to stick
with his offense, and Skelton delivered, finding LaRod Stephens-Howling for a
After back-to-back incompletions, Fitzgerald made his remarkable catch,
falling down shy of the goal line for a 37-yard gain. Wells was stopped for no
gain on first down, then tackled for a four-yard loss. On the next play, Early
Doucet caught a short toss and ran into the end zone with 1:53 to play.
A.J. Jefferson then made a game-sealing interception, the second thrown by
"I give a lot of credit to our players and our team for believing in what we
were doing," Whisenhunt said.
Arizona had more success than Philadelphia advancing the ball in the first
quarter, but the game remained scoreless after Jay Feely missed two field
goals (35 and 43 yards).
The Eagles defense opened the scoring when Asante Samuel picked off a pass
intended for Fitzgerald and ran 20 yards to the end zone.
Skelton bounced back well on the next possession, guiding the Cardinals on a
10-play, 84-yard drive. Skelton, who converted a 3rd-and-8 with a completion
to Roberts and was aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty, found Fitzgerald
for a 10-yard scoring strike.
Arizona then appeared to make a big defensive play when safety Adrian Wilson
intercepted Vick's pass in the end zone. The turnover was wiped out by a
holding penalty, however.
With a second chance, Vick scrambled for 14 yards, putting the Eagles on the
Arizona three. Two plays later, LeSean McCoy powered his way across the goal
line and into the Philadelphia record book. The third-year running back set a
club mark with a touchdown in nine straight games, breaking Steve Van Buren's
record that he established in 1947.
Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell picked off Vick at the line to thwart a
promising drive late in the third quarter. The Eagles had marched to the
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was inactive after missing a team meeting
Saturday...Philadelphia wideout Jeremy Maclin suffered a right shoulder injury
in the first quarter but returned to the game. He then went down with a
hamstring injury in the fourth and was unable to return...McCoy became just
the fourth player since 1960 to score a TD in the first game of the season,
joining Lenny Moore (1964), O.J. Simpson (1975) and George Rogers
(1986)...Skelton finished with 315 yards while completing 21-of-40
passes...Fitzgerald had 146 yards on seven receptions...Vick converted only
16-of-34 throws and was held to a season-low 128 yards passing...McCoy gained
81 yards on 14 carries. With 906 yards, he broke Ricky Watters' team record
(898) for most rushing yards through the first nine games.
11/13 19:01:13 ET
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