Eagles vs. Cardinals: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIDecember 1, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football after a reception against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Eagles took a 24-7 lead and survived a late Arizona scare to hold on for a 24-21 victory. The game kept the Eagles tied with Dallas for the best record in the NFC East and gave them a much-needed tiebreaker over the Cardinals for a potential wild-card spot. 

 

Final Score: Philadelphia 24, Arizona 21

Philadelphia Eagles Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradesFinal Grades
Run OffenseD+B-
Pass OffenseAB+
Run DefenseCC+
Pass DefenseB+B-
Special TeamsBB+
CoachingB+C
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Game Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles was a completely different quarterback in the second half, but he did enough to win early in the game. Overall, he completed 21 of 34 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns. He also went another week without an interception. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy picked it up in the second half, finishing the game with 79 yards on 19 carries. Had a 36-yard run of his not been negated by a penalty, he would have topped 100 yards easily. 

Pass Defense: Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns, but two crucial interceptions cost the Cardinals the game. He was also unable to move the ball in the final drive. 

Run Defense: Rashard Mendenhall and the Cardinals ran 22 times for 90 yards. Nothing flashy, just a solid game. 

Special Teams: DeSean Jackson returned a punt for a 54-yard touchdown but a holding penalty brought back the score. Donnie Jones had a tremendous game as a punter, pinning the ball inside the 20-yard line seven times. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly's conservative second-half play-calling almost cost the Eagles the game, but the defense made the necessary stops in the final minutes. He did win a challenge and helped the Eagles take a 24-7 lead in the third quarter. 

 

First-Half Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles cannot be stopped. Period. He's completed 15 of his 20 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. That's a 134.4 passer rating, keeping him on pace to break the single-season record for passer rating. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy isn't doing much on the ground. He's carried just eight times for 30 yards Bryce Brown is doing Bryce Brown things, which means two carries netting a loss of two yards. 

Pass Defense: Carson Palmer has completed 10 of his 17 passes for 119 yards, a touchdown and a very costly interception near the end zone. 

Run Defense: Rashard Mendenhall has 12 carries for 61 yards, an impressive number for a backup running back. 

Special Teams: No play has impacted the game, although the Eagles almost had a fumble recovery on an Arizona punt return. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly is one for two on challenges and he's led the Eagles to a 10-point first-half lead. However, his decision to insert Brad Smith into the game on a goal-to-go play from the 6-yard line was inexcusable and could have ended up costing the Eagles a touchdown.