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The Setup
Eagles were coming of a 30 -16 thumping by the Packers. Cardinals had just squashed the Giants 26- 7.

Cards woould need this week to continue being a Playoff contender. Eagles - despite their lowly record - were still in the hunt in the NFC East,

"Cards Gain "W" /Lose C. Jones."

Cards hang on for 33 - 26 win:
The Cards came out with 6-guns a blazing and opened up a 16 - 0 1Q lead. Scoring featured a safety (when Hurts was handed a grounding penalty in th end sone.

But slowly, the Eagles inched their way up the ladder - narrowing the Cardinal lead to on-score (26 - 20) by halftime. The teams went back & forth in the 2H, with the Eagles finally tying the score at 26 - 26 before halftime only to see Kyler Murray connect with a leaping DeAndrea Hopkins in the end zone (i.e. another one of those "Hail Murray" throws) midway through the 4Q. Cards hung on to preserve the lead. They enjoy "favorable headwinds" heading toward the playoffs.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Ari 5:26 Safety, Penalty on J.Hurts enforced in the end zone - Cards 2 - Eagles 0
Ari 9:14 Kyler Murray 8 run (Mike Nugent Kick) Cards 9 - Eagles 0
Ari 12:42 Chase Edmonds 6 pass from Kyler Murray (Mike Nugent Kick) - Cards 16 - Eagles 0

2nd Quarter
Phi 0:59 Quez Watkins 32 pass from Jalen Hurts (Jake Elliott Kick) Cards 16 - Eagles 7
Ari 3:23 FG Mike Nugent 40 - Cards 19 - Eagles 7
Phi 8:40 Greg Ward 4 pass from Jalen Hurts (Jake Elliott Kick) - Cards 19 - Eagles 14
Ari 12:47 Larry Fitzgerald 14 pass from Kyler Murray (Mike Nugent Kick) - Cards 26 - Eagles 14
Phi 13:41 Greg Ward 5 pass from Jalen Hurts (Run Failed) - Cards 26 - Eagles 20

3rd Quarter
Phi 14:05 Jalen Hurts 7 run (Run Failed) - Cards 26 - Eagles 26

4th Quarter
Ari 7:43 DeAndre Hopkins 20 pass from Kyler Murray (Mike Nugent Kick) Cards 33 - Eagles 26

Final Score - Cards 33 - Eagles 26

Notable Game Stats.

  • First Downs Cards 26 - Eagles 26
  • Passing: Murray 27 for 37, 406 Yds 3 TD, 1 Int
    ................Hurts 24 for 44, 338 Yds 3 TD , 0 Int

    Sacked By: Cards 6 (Gardeck 2...Allen, Murphy, Reddick, Fotu 1 apiece

    Rushing: Cards - Drake 10 for 26, 0 TD...Murray 8 for 29, 1 TD, Edmonds 11 for 47, 0 TD
    .................Eagles - Sanders 17 for 64 ..Hurts 11 for 63...1 TD

    Receiving: Cards - Hopkins - 9 0f 11 for 169...4 players of 24 targets 3 catches apiece
    .................. Eagles - Reagor...5 f 8 for 49 yds...Ward 4 of 5 for 15 yds & 2 TDs...Goedard - 4 of 8 for 39 yds

    Tackles - Cards - Allen 12...Hicks 6...Peterson 6...Gardeck 5...Golden 5
    ................Eagles - Singleton 11...Robey 10...

    Interceptions By - Cards - 0... Eagles 0

    Fumbles Lost - Cards 2 - Eagles 0

    Penalties - Cards 9 for 83 - Eagles 9 for 69

    Time of Possession: Cards 32:15- Eagles 32:13 - Cards 27:47s 27:45

The "Bright Side"

  • D-Hop's catch was "brighter than bright. The presence of Hopkins was the difference between a win or (say) a tie.

    Lee's pass

    Zeke's catch.

    Special Teams play has been outstanding of late (i.e. Gardeck's all around play, blocked kick, missed XP)

The Dark Side

  • Cards took their foot off the pedal and blew a 16 point lead

Murray's failure to protect the ball is costing us momentum and points.

  • Defenders weren't consistently finishing off their pursuit (they'd let a ball carrier escape "wide and trot behind him as he picked up extra yardage.
  • Cards let Eagles convert too many third & longs.

Drake just seems to lack the extra gas in the tank of late. .

9 penalties is what mediocre teams do.

Last Word:
Cards started off playing like winners, but as they neared the end of the contest, the Eagles looked like they were getting the better of play. Cards play the Niners Saturday, with a good shot at making the playoffs. Make sure you secure the "W", guys.

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