It's been 40 years since the Cardinals got off to such a good start. They didn't even live in Arizona back then.
These Cardinals, after a late rally for a 24-20 home victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, are shining in the Valley of the Sun, a long way from their previous home in St. Louis. They are 6-1 and atop the NFL's best division, the NFC West.
"I can't say enough about the resiliency of our football players," coach Bruce Arians said. "It's a family, it's a band of brothers that just will not quit."
Carson Palmer lofted a 75-yard touchdown pass to rookie John Brown with 1:21 to play. He earlier had an 80-yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald.
"When it's time to step up, that's what you have to do," Brown said. "They had a safety on me, so when they put him on me, all I had to do was run past him."
The Cardinals had a goal-line stand that forced the Eagles (5-2) to settle for a 20-yard field goal that put Philadelphia up 20-17 with 1:56 left.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly thought about going for the touchdown, but chose to put the game in the hands of his defense.
"I thought our defense at that point was playing really, really well and I had real confidence in them," he said.
The Eagles drove to the Arizona 16 after Brown's touchdown. On the last play, Jordan Matthews caught a pass from Nick Foles in the end zone but landed out of bounds.
Resilient Cardinals rally past Eagles
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