Rapid Reaction: Eagles 48, Cardinals 20

November, 27, 2008
11/27/08
11:32
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Three interceptions, five dropped passes and a lost fumble exposed the Cardinals and their defense during an embarrassing performance Thursday night.

Arizona won't hear any footsteps from the rest of the NFC West. The Cardinals will claim a division title Sunday unless the 49ers upset the Bills in Buffalo.

Eagles safety Brian Dawkins produced the only footsteps the Cardinals seemed worried about Thursday night. Dawkins was bearing down on Anquan Boldin and Jerheme Urban when they dropped passes. Dawkins also forced Boldin to fumble right after the Cardinals pulled within two touchdowns with 12:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals became the latest Western team to fall hard in the Eastern time zone. They were sloppy and a step behind the Eagles from the beginning. Facing the Giants and Eagles in a five-day period proved too much for Arizona. The Cardinals have allowed 85 points in those two games. They held the ball for barely longer than 20 minutes against the Eagles.

"It's a tough week," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt had said Monday, "but it'll be good to see how our team responds to that."

The Cardinals didn't respond well at all, but the schedule finally offers a break. They're off until Dec. 7, when the Rams visit University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona remains on course to win 10 games and open the playoffs at home. But talk about the Cardinals possibly joining the NFL's elite should subside for a while.

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