In the last-second, Eagles aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on October 26, 2014 – 8:31 pm

As the clock wound down and Nick Foles was trying to get the Eagles in for a touchdown and the Cardinals were trying to hang on to the lead and the University of Phoenix Stadium crowd was deafening, it was hard not to have a flashback standing on the sideline.

No, Sunday’s game in no way matches the Cards’ NFC championship win. But it was a big win, and it certainly caused a few heart palpitations of its own, given multiple throws into the end zone that ended up very close to game-winning scores. The heady play of Rashad Johnson to shove Jordan Matthews out on the final throw – Nate Poole would like to remind everyone the force-out rule was abandoned long ago – capped a win that frankly, seemed improbable the way it played out.

But the Cardinals weren’t getting too giddy after beating the Eagles. Which is a big reason they’ve gotten to 6-1 in the first place. Sure, they get a Victory Monday, but the focus won’t wane.

“You know what our reward for today’s win is?” Larry Fitzgerald said. “A road trip to Dallas to play against the NFC East-leading team.”

Still, you have to wonder, as the Cowboys prepare to play the Redskins Monday night, if those players noticed that they have to play the NFC West leaders next week. The Cardinals have holes, yes. And they seem to overcome them every single time.

— The defense will not get enough credit for Sunday. They gave up a ton of yards (521). Foles threw for a ton of yards (411 – yeah, that pass defense ranking isn’t helped). But yet again, the scoreboard read only 20 points allowed. They twice forced turnovers as the Eagles smelled their goal line and another time held them out of the end zone to force a field goal – a stand that proved to be the difference in the game.

— They did all of that without Patrick Peterson. That scene, where Peterson was face-down on the turf after the helmet-to-helmet-to-helmet collision he had with Jeremy Maclin via the Deone Bucannon hit, was frightening. Peterson tweeted he was OK after the game, and Bucannon said Peterson was OK – OK in the grand scheme of things – but a scary moment. It’ll be interesting to see if he can be ready for the Cowboys.

— Peterson goes out, and that’s when you are very happy to have an Antonio Cromartie. And a quickly-getting-better Tyrann Mathieu.

— I counted eight deep shots (including the 30-yard pass to Fitz and a 25-yarder to Smokey Brown) Sunday. Palmer connected on three, including Brown’s 75-yarder at the end. There was a flea-flicker to Michael Floyd in the first half that was out of Floyd’s reach, otherwise it too might’ve been a TD. It’s a reason why Palmer completed only 20 of 42 passes.

— But 20 of 42 can be overcome when you generate 329 yards. And when you take no sacks and throw no interceptions. Another amazing day taking care of the things that hurt an offense bad.

— Oh, and to think Palmer had a nerve problem that wasn’t even letting him throw much at all three weeks ago. Could he have made the throw to Smokey Brown two weeks ago, Palmer was asked? “I’ll say yeah,” Palmer deadpanned. “Because you can’t prove me wrong.”

— The Cardinals need better pressure on the quarterback, but Arians felt moving the QB “off his spot” meant something. Unfortunately, Foles is pretty good “off his spot” – like on his 50-yard bomb on the run to Riley Cooper – but they did what they could.

“We’d like to sack him, but if he’s off the spot …. He hurt us off the spot, and we lost containment once or twice, but just to get him off the spot and disrupt the play,” Arians said.

— The Cardinals live and die with the blitz. So do the Eagles. That’s what cost them on the Brown TD.

— Interesting Andre Ellington was the only Cardinal with a rushing attempt in the game. Although 23 carries for 71 yards won’t be the production the Cardinals want or need.

— This one was memorable, for sure.


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46 Responses to “In the last-second, Eagles aftermath”

  1. By azjam on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Was at the game. Totally exhausted but happy. The Palmer to Brown pass was as good as it gets. BA really has this team believing in itself.

  2. By cardinal on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Amother Awesome CARDINAL WIN !!!!!!! 6 -1

  3. By georgiebird on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    A win is a win.
    Thought the Cards’ defensive front seven had many plays where confusion reigned. On occasion, our guys didn’t come off the snap well and, on other plays,
    defensive players were running into each other on the blitz.
    Philly’s misdirection plays also proved to be a real challenge for the defense..
    While there is a lot that has to be cleaned up, there is a lot of good football being played.

  4. By georgiebird on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Amazing how Ed Stinson has passed Kareem Martin as a young playmaker.

  5. By steve88 on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    WHAT A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By BirdsSTC on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Rashad Johnson… keep this guy around.

  7. By superbowlcards on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    I officially second that motion!
    I thought D. Bucannon has one heck f a game as well, covered the TE’s very well, (not just him, but defense as a whole) especially that one knock away in the end zone.
    Holy hell we have got to find a pass rush/sack specialist!!! Trade deadline is Tuesday, desperate teams do desperate things (sometimes inadvisable things) well I believe it is time to play Russian roulette, do something desperate and inadvisable, take the chance, overpay, go all in!! If it doesn’t work out, well at least they can’t say they didn’t try! What’s the old saying…better to have loved and lost, then to have never loved al all? Just saying…

  8. By jwoodaz on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    excellent game, fantastic 60 minute battle, great TEAM win..

  9. By Chuck 1 on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    OK, gents & ladies, boys & girls,

    Get ready for a change in the coaching staff after this season.
    Todd Bowles deserves a Head Coaching job for the job that he has done with the hand that he’s been dealt.
    He lost Washington, Dansby, Docket, Shaughnessy, and Abraham for the season.
    He lost Mathieu and Campbell for a few games and they are probably still not 100%.
    He doesn’t have a bone fide pass rusher (or two) and is forced to blitz on almost every down.
    Yet, he has kept the defense near the top of the NFL rankings
    If he doesn’t get a Head Coaching job after this season there is something rotten in Denmark!!!
    Do I want him to leave? The selfish answer is NO!!!
    However, he deserves a promotion and we should wish him well.
    I’m sure that Keim and BA will find an excellent DC to replace him.

  10. By SmoothCARD GA on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    @Chuck 1

    Unfortunately I would rather he fail in that search lol I’m glad we got him now as opposed to when Whiz had attempted to get him. I think we would have still been solid but that QB Quandary would have wasted him hard.

  11. By Cards4Ever on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    I’m hoping the teams that offer him a head coaching job is a team he wouldn’t want to leave for. I hope he stays here until Arians retires and Bowels can take over!

  12. By TucsonTim on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    OK, now Smoke and mirrors has an all new meaning!

    What can the owner do for his team at this point in the season. DON’T LET 21 BUS LOADS OF OPPOSING TEAMS FANS BUY SEATS!!! My son and I both noticed we haven’t seen so many of the opposing teams jerseys for a long time, And there were A LOT of empty seats. Fricken buy up the seats and give them to honor roll students, high school football teams, chamber of commerce, I don’t care but WHY THE HELL WOuLD SELL 21 BUS LOADS OF TICKETS TO EAGLES FANS. You aren’t your dad. So fix it!

    What a great game. Our guys are warriors. The offense goes 3 and out over and over and can’t mount one single drive in the second half; however, the defense with no Peterson just hangs in there play after play. They were gased and they never gave up. It was great to watch. I was so happy to see the fans get up and make noise. My ears are still ringing.

    Alright Mr Keim, you say you want an edge rusher….GO GET ONE. Stop talking and do something!!!! Make the trade. We are going to hit a wall without one. GET IT DONE! Your players are giving 100%…step up and do the same.

  13. By Dynosoar on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply


    I have searched all over the internet and cannot find an answer to this, have the Cardinals ever swept the NFC East? If they win against Dallas next week, they will sweep the Division. Have they ever done it, how many times and when?

    I can not find it, but I don’t think we ever have. Does anyone else know?

    It would be sweet to knock off two 1 loss teams and stay one loss in two consecutive weeks. I believe we can. Dallas is winning with the run game and we’re number one against the run. We’ve handled all opponents but Denver and we’re in that game for most of it with Stanton and Thomas.

    This game is very winnable.

    4-0 against the NFC East would be Oh so sweet!

  14. By Darren Urban on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno —

    RE: Sweeping NFC East

    I’d think no. I doubt they did it when they were playing eight NFC East games a year. They haven’t done it since moving to the NFC West.

  15. By Steve Z on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    We’re all a team, right? That means players, coaches, fans, and the stadium personnel. Will the Cardinals please hire a “football-smart” video operator. It’s absolutely idiotic to provide an instant replay. right after what was ruled a completed pass. only to have the Eagles coaches watch our video board and determine that our receiver lost control of the ball and that their player recovered it. Make their coaches scramble to search the replay in their booth and then try to get a challenge request relayed to their sideline before we snap the ball . As a Cardinals season ticket holder, I’m ashamed to admit that Eastern fans/organizations are smarter than we are out West. You wouldn’t see that in Pittsburgh or New England!

  16. By T.Stone on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    The crystal ball has been just off on the scores but right on outcome. Proud Cardinal Fan today and everyday. Much respect to those men in red. We are what are record says we are. Scoreboard is all that matters.

  17. By Steve on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: Great job reporting this game! In your last Birds of a Feather chat I asked you if you thought Thomas Keiser would be activated anytime soon to help our anemic passrush and you mentioned that it was telling that he hasn’t been activated in awhile. Do you think the coaches and B.A. are down on him for some reason? Keim seemed pretty happy to get him on the team but now he never suits up.

  18. By Darren Urban on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Keiser

    I don’t know if they are down on him, he just might be as good as the other options, like Benard.

  19. By T.Stone on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Tucson Tim

    RE Bus load of Eagle Fans.

    21 Bus loads of disappointed Eagle fans that will think twice about spending money to watch their team lose in our stadium. Maybe we convert a few of them. Maybe not, but they are still spending $ and as long as they are respectful and so are you. Just a game. WIN WIN.

  20. By Dynosoar on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Darren and all,

    I finally found the answer to sweeping the division. If anyone else cares. This is only in the Super Bowl era, so since 1966 (and we didn’t begin playing the NFC East a full 8 games until 1970, until then we played them 4-6 times, depending on the season.)

    We have swept our Division once, on our way to the Super Bowl in 2008 (interestingly, while we won the NFC West 6-0, our record against the NFC East was 1-3.)

    All time against the NFC East (1966 – 2013) swept = 0, winning record = 8, split record = 7 and losing record = 25

    I so want this win against Dallas and sweep the East for the first time ever.

    Against the NFC West since we became the current West (2002) Sweep = 1, winning record = 4, split record = 2 and losing record = 6

    This year against the East 3-0 with 1 game left
    This year against the West 1-0 with 5 games left

  21. By Dynosoar on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    Dallas is winning with the run and we’re the number one defense against the run.

    7-1 here we come! (with a sweep of the East to boot.) Ahh Man! I can taste this. I hope our team stays more grounded than me, because I’m flying high.

    Did ya’ll notice while the commentators were praising Fitzgerald’s speed on his 80 yard TD, John Brown gained almost ten yards on him and the two defenders. Man, that’s some speed.

    I want to stay grounded like our coaches and players, Dallas does have just one loss and they did beat Seattle in Seattle and we know only the best of teams can do that. SO it may be a hard fought game and it is in Dallas, but if it’s up to Romo and not Demarcus, I believe we win.

    The Immovable object (our run defense) against the irresistible force (Demarcus Ware). I recall an old Saturday Night Live skit from the late 80’s where St. Peter answers the questions of someone about to enter the Pearly Gates. In the skit he stated the immovable object wins. I’m hoping those skit writer’s were right.

  22. By T.Stone on Oct 26, 2014 | Reply

    2 interceptions for Cromartie? Steve (Rag and Bone) Keim. How he does it leaves me SMFH.
    Well, man, look at all this, you don’t want it?
    (What is that?)
    You sure you don’t want it, man?
    We will take it

  23. By rick on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Great Win BIRD GANG

  24. By SteveG on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    HOLY COW!!

    Who knew steering a couch could be so exhausting….

    One of the few times that I can say we got out coached..The “expected” second half surge just did not come as usual…Savor the flavor, it ain’t gonna happen often.

    The “let’s stop the drive ourselves” Cards. were back from the past today..SO many critical penalties (NFL has to re-examine the “Points of emphasis”..Game is NOT improving and the players are NOT adjusting as predicted).

    In review, it really should not have been close, Floyd dropped a TD in the opening drive, TE had the ball in his hands and lost it to a great strip…9 out of 10 he catches that…14 pts and I would still have some hair on my head instead of these tufts in my hands….

    STILL have not played a “good” game..But they will (and against the cowjills would be a good time for it)

    WHAT a team!! GO CARDS!

  25. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    At the game, couldn’t tell what happened on the goal line stand, but watching the replay at home, I am amazed Kelly didn’t use a challenge there.

    Also amazed that Arians used his 2nd challenge on the play he did… who is advising him? That’s too early to be out of challenges and the Eagles would’ve had a first down anyway (since there was a roughing call on the play). Not worth it considering it was very unlikely to be overturned. (In fact, I didn’t see anything questionable about the catch.)

    Great game all around. Ultimately what matters on defense is giving up points. I couldn’t care less where the D is ranked in rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed, etc.

    On a similar vein, on the way home I heard some idiot calling into the guys at 98.7 asking how they thought it would affect the power rankings. Power rankings? Come on, dude.

    On offense, I don’t mind 20-42 when several chunk plays are included in there, along with several more unsuccessful bombs, and, more importantly, no INT’s. It doesn’t feel like it because so much came on 2 plays, but we outgained Philly on a per-play basis… just didn’t need as many plays as they did.

    Clearly it’s a game that could’ve gone either way… that final pass was close to being a heartbreaking TD. So I didn’t go home thinking wow, we’re so awesome, we just spanked the Eagles; I went home thinking, lucky to pull that one out. Seems like in the past we always found a way to lose these games. Maybe the franchise has truly turned a corner.

  26. By SmoothCARD GA on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Firstly, GREAT WIN! Another step closer to that Superbowl home game. Everyone played well and when you have a concept of spreading the wealth on offense we are virtually unstoppable. Once again the defense was more stout than the stat line indicated. GREAT GAME Guys! Its on to the cowpies.

    However Darren, Just one thing to point out and its unrelated but very concerning to me.

    Micheal Floyd propensity to catch balls with his body. Last season he had started to get out of that but now its an alarmingly constant occurance. There where several chances in today’s and last week’s game where if he attacks the ball with his hands at its soonest/highest point the defender has no chance against him but instead he waits for the ball and it bounces off his arm or chest. Has the staff ever pointed this out to him?

  27. By Robert on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    First off i hope PP recovers..that was very scary..however, he was getting burned by Macklin, and who knows, macklin could have gone off for 200 yards. I am sick and tired of his penalties, its if he forgt how to play corner back. If SHerman could adjust to the new rules, then PP should have as well.

    What a coach we have in BA..and who says coaches are not important. The d line on Philly is dynamite..CC played a great game just plating was great.

  28. By Dave Chaney on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    HUGE congrats on being 6-1 and atop the NFC West, ahead of the shehawks, whiners and lams. Looking forward to the clash in ‘D’ and with the attitude and confidence Bruce Arians and staff have given these guys, it should be a great game. Amazing how all the players have continued to step up through all kinds of adversity. You guys are the best! Thanks again Darren for providing your great reporting week after week.

  29. By Marlin on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Just a mention, Robert Hughes made two critical, short yardage plays. He’s a beast and he can catch and block.

  30. By BeastMode on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Finally! This Dallas games is on the horizon, I’m from Arlington, and the Cowboy fans here won’t shut the hell up.Looking forward to finally meeting some Cardinals fans (I’ve never met any in Texas).

  31. By BeastMode on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Am I the only one who believes that clock operator, should be hanged and quartered? The ball didn’t even hit the ground and he stopped the clock. If Rashad Johnson wasn’t so clutch, he would’ve lost us the game.

  32. By NJAzCardsFan on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Great job by the O-Line in giving Palmer time to throw….. It seems the Cardiac Cards are back…..

  33. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    6-1. In the end, we beat Philly at their pace of play. Sweet win.

  34. By Kevin S Mesa on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Without looking at the standings, try to guess which NFL team leads the league in point differential at this point. I assumed Denver, but was wrong.

    BeastMode — I’m always amazed at how a play can develop like that and only take 6 seconds start to finish. I was hoping the play with 7 seconds would be the last play but they played it smart and put the ball up quickly so that they’d have another shot at it. Still, I wouldn’t have minded if that one took 7 rather than 6…

  35. By Big Ken on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Cromartie’s best game since we signed him? contribution can’t be discounted from the vet corner.

  36. By johnwimmer on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Hanged AND quartered? So, would his dead, hanged body be separated at the limb joints by draft horses, or would five separate sections of his body be hanged?

  37. By Steve Weston on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    What a great win, that game was fun to watch (and the local FOX station up here in VA actually had the game!) Really hope our offense has the great game I just know they are due for next week, and that our incredible defense continues to stop the run. I’ve hated Dallas since I was a kid, and so this one is a big game for me personally. Go Cards!!

  38. By Kari J on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    awesome nail-biter of a game! Next week, I’ll be the only Native ‘Zonie in DFW wearing red. Lmao!

  39. By Dominic on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    We’re not number one against the run anymore after yesterday. Now we’re third. That being said, I think we are better against north-south runners like Demarco Murray than we are guys like McCoy. You stop the run, you stop the Cowboys. Their defense is still giving up 6.1 yards/play like last season. The difference is they are controlling time of possession with the run.

  40. By NJAzCardsFan on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    Darren- Who is the faster of the two? John Brown or Jaron Brown?

    Any chance we will ever see them both at the same time run a sideline pattern on either side of the field???

  41. By Darren Urban on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Browns

    I’m pretty sure it’s Smokey.

  42. By TucsonTim on Oct 27, 2014 | Reply

    I knew there was a reason I gave up on this site years ago.

    T-Stone: Lets just all hold hands and sing kumbaya. If you could even get 21 bus loads of fair weather Cardinal fans to go to Lincoln Financial Field you wouldn’t find a seat.

    Perhaps you don’t remember the days at Sun Devil Stadium when there were as many opposing fans as Cardinals fans. And maybe you don’t remember the ownership not giving a tinker’s dam because they didn’t care about winning they just wanted to make money.

    Is the young Bidwell different? There is hope here. But getting to the play offs isn’t the be all to end all. DON’T YOU WANT A SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP?

    We are not going beyond the first round of the playoffs without a pass rush. Keim goes to the press and says publicly he wants an edge rusher. Oh my! Who the F in the NFL doesn’t want an edge rusher. Talk is cheap. DO IT. And I say that with all due respect to a bunch of players who are giving 110% game after game. Keim owes it to us and them. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    I don’t want to sit in my stadium and listen to the other teams fans. There are too many unsold seats. Fix it. Business 101. Cardinals have a product. If it doesn’t sell it is either a bad product or it costs too much. I think the product is actually quite good. So there, I won’t even charge a 100K consultant’s fee to fix that problem.

    BTW the Cowboys look very beatable don’t they!? 🙂

    Adios my friends

  43. By Bernadette Whitesheep on Nov 9, 2014 | Reply

    Thank you.

  44. By Sala on Oct 28, 2014 | Reply

    Still Hoarse From Screaming Runnn Boyyyy!!!! #11 #12

  45. By perry matherne on Oct 29, 2014 | Reply

    Bruce arians is a godsend,he has been more than around the block,he has a resume better than all the other head coaches put together,he’s worked with some very high caliber people in the business,the man knows what he is doing.

  46. By Bernadette Whitesheep on Nov 9, 2014 | Reply

    Go ahead and say what you will. My Cardinals WON THEY ALSO WIN AGAINST THE COWBOYS!!.. 7-1.. KEEP TALKING!!..

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