Late Surge Can't Save Battered Eagles

The Eagles came out looking flat and undisciplined and when they finally put things together, they were unable to overcome a 20 point deficit. The result was a troubling 27-21 loss to the downtrodden Arizona Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals looked much better than a 4-10 team when they took the field against the Eagles. Of course, the Eagles had a lot to do with that as they racked up 10 penalties for 103 yards and made one bad move after another.

Defensively, the Eagles didn't start off too badly. They held the Cardinals to just two first quarter field goals. It was the Cardinals defense - which came into the game ranked 14th in the NFL - that set the pace of the game early.

Mike McMahon, attempting to make something out of nothing, tried to put up an ill-advised pass as he back peddled away from Karlos Dansby. As the ball left McMahon's hand, Dansby tipped it and pulled it in, rambling 11 yards for the first touchdown of the game and a 13-0 Cardinals lead.

As bad as the team looked at that point, they march the ensuing kickoff down the field on an 8 play, 66 yard drive and capped it with a one-yard touchdown run by McMahon.

The Eagles pass rush was again weak and in the second-half, Josh McCown put his receivers to work to take a commanding lead. First, it was a 25 yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald to put the Cardinals up 20-7 in the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, Arizona embarked on a 13 play, 97 yard drive that picked apart the Eagles defense, taking 7 minutes and 37 seconds, lasting into the fourth quarter. This time, McCown hit Anquan Boldin with a 20 yard strike and it looked like the route was on with Arizona up 27-7.

Again to their credit, the Eagles came back on the next drive and showed life. Billy McMullen pulled in a 21 yard pass from McMahon to pull the Eagles within 13. As the Eagles defense helped out, the Cadinals defense stiffened and the Eagles were stymied. In the last moments of the game, McMahon again scored a touchdown of his own, running one yard and making it a 27-21 game. The Eagles on-side kick was unsuccessful and the Cardinals ran out the clock.

Fitzgerald and Boldin combined for 14 catches, 174 yards and two touchdowns. McCown finished the day with 294 yards passing and was 27-38.

The two teams combined for just 118 yards rushing and the Eagles accounted for just 43 yards of that total. Their passing attack wasn't exactly on fire either as they put up 146 yards on 36 attempts. The Eagles as a team completed 14 passes, the same amount as the Fitzgerald and Boldin tandem.


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