Final

Cardinals 21

(3-6, 1-4 away)

Eagles 17

(3-6, 1-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 13, 2011

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 0 7 0 1421
PHI 0 14 0 317

Top Performers

Passing: J. Skelton (ARI) - 315 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. McCoy (PHI) - 14 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 7 REC, 146 YDS, 2 TD

Cardinals win stunner as Eagles fall again after DeSean Jackson benching

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Arizona Cardinals may have a quarterback controversy.

John Skelton threw a 5-yard TD pass to Early Doucet with 1:53 left and the Cardinals rallied for a 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Michael Vick had another so-so performance and the Eagles (3-6) blew a fourth-quarter lead for the fifth time this season.

Starting for the injured Kevin Kolb, Skelton threw three touchdown passes to lead the Cardinals (3-6) to their second straight win. He threw a tying TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter of a 19-13 overtime win against St. Louis last week that snapped a six-game losing streak.

"I'll have to look at the film," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Kolb has done a good job for us this season. They've both had some games get squirrelly on them, but we haven't won on the East Coast in forever, so I'm just going to enjoy this right now."

Fitzgerald had two TD catches and made a sensational, over-the-shoulder diving catch to set up the go-ahead score in the fourth. He supported both QBs.

"I don't like to compare," he said. "That's not fair. Both of them, we feel we can win with and that's a good problem to have."

The Eagles, on the other hand, can't win with anybody.

The defending NFC East champions were expected to be Super Bowl contenders after a slew of big-name acquisitions in the offseason. Instead, they've struggled miserably and have lost seven of their past eight home games.

"We've all got to do better," coach Andy Reid said.

Alex Henery kicked a 36-yard field goal with 5:06 remaining after Nnamdi Asomugha's interception put the Eagles up 17-14.

But the Cardinals answered.

Skelton completed a 30-yard pass to LaRod Stephens-Howling on fourth-and-2 from the Cardinals 32 to keep the winning drive going. On third-and-10 from the Eagles 38, Fitzgerald made an incredible catch to the 1.

Beanie Wells was stopped for no gain and lost 4 yards on the next run. But Skelton hit Doucet coming out of the backfield for a go-ahead TD to cap an 87-yard drive and give the Cardinals a 21-17 lead.

"It was a team win," Skelton said. "I put us down with a pick-six and late pick, but the defense bailed me out."

Vick's desperation deep pass on third-and-20 was intercepted by A.J. Jefferson to seal Arizona's win.

Asante Samuel returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown and LeSean McCoy had a 1-yard TD run to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead.

Vick was 16 of 34 for 128 yards and two interceptions. He's hardly resembled the guy who was an MVP candidate and Pro Bowl starter last season.

"We were never able to get in a rhythm," Vick said. "I never got comfortable. You have to find a way to get it done. I didn't do it."

Skelton completed 21 of 40 for 315 yards, three TDs and two picks.

Cardinals kicker Jay Feely missed two field goals in the first quarter, hooking a 35-yard attempt wide left and a 43-yarder wide right.

The Eagles played without three starters, including two-time Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson. He was inactive after missing a team meeting Saturday morning, two people familiar with the situation said.

Helped by a crucial penalty, the Cardinals tied it at 14 on Skelton's 7-yard TD pass to Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter. An offside call on Asomugha allowed Arizona to extend the drive after an incomplete pass on third-and-10.

A few plays later, Fitzgerald caught a pass that was tipped by Joselio Hanson and scampered into the end zone for his franchise-record 70th career TD. Roy Green had 69 TDs for the Cardinals from 1979-90.

Vick made another poor pass that was intercepted by Richard Marshall at the Eagles 44 on the following series. But Reid challenged after seeing several replays on the stadium's video board and the play was overturned because the ball hit the ground.

The Eagles went ahead 14-7 late in the second quarter after a holding penalty on Marshall negated Adrian Wilson's interception in the end zone. Vick scrambled 14 yards to the Cardinals 3 one play after his pass into triple coverage was picked.

A play later, McCoy scored for the ninth straight game, setting a team record.

Samuel stepped in front of a ball intended for Fitzgerald and zigzagged untouched into the end zone for his ninth career TD return, including four in the playoffs. Samuel's last TD came against Minnesota in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.

Vick's short pass was intercepted by defensive end Calais Campbell at the Cardinals 17 in the third quarter. Vick has been intercepted 10 times this season. He threw just six in 2010 when he was the AP Comeback Player of the Year.

Kolb was the Eagles' starting QB last year, but lost his job to Vick after sustaining a concussion in Week 1. He was traded for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick in July. Kolb got a five-year, $63 million contract, with $21 million guaranteed.

Game notes


FS Nate Allen (concussion) and LG Evan Mathis (toe) also didn't play for Philadelphia. LB Joey Porter (knee), FS Kerry Rhodes (foot) and TE Todd Heap (hamstring) sat out. ... The teams hadn't played each other since the NFC championship game in January 2009. The Cardinals, as a home underdog, beat the Eagles 32-25 to advance to the Super Bowl.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARI
PHI
1st Downs2315
Passing 1st downs
154
Rushing 1st downs
68
1st downs from Penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
6-163-15
4th down efficiency
1-10-1
Total Plays7360
Total Yards370289
Yards per play5.14.8
Total Drives1514
Passing282123
Comp - Att
21-4016-34
Yards per pass
7.13.6
Interceptions thrown
22
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-332-5
Rushing88166
Rushing Attempts
2924
Yards per rush
3.06.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-41-3
Penalties7-6611-97
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
22
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession31:4228:18

Passing Leaders

ARIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Skelton21/403157.9324-33
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Vick16/341283.8022-5

Rushing Leaders

ARICARYDSAVGTDLG
Wells23622.7012
Skelton4153.809
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy14815.8129
Vick8799.9016

Receiving Leaders

ARIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Fitzgerald714620.924213
Roberts45513.80207
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Celek45313.30207
Smith5479.401910

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERARIPHI
phiTD09:35Asante Samuel 20 Yd Interception Return (Alex Henery Kick) 07
ariTD04:48Larry Fitzgerald 10 Yd Pass From John Skelton (Jay Feely Kick) 77
phiTD00:17LeSean McCoy 1 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 714
FOURTH QUARTERARIPHI
ariTD09:18Larry Fitzgerald 7 Yd Pass From John Skelton (Jay Feely Kick) 1414
phiFG05:06Alex Henery 36 Yd 1417
ariTD01:53Early Doucet 5 Yd Pass From John Skelton (Jay Feely Kick) 2117

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Larry Fitzgerald had a pair of touchdown receptions against the Eagles on Sunday and both came on throws five yards or fewer downfield. Entering the game, Fitzgerald had yet to catch a touchdown pass within five yards of the line of scrimmage this season after leading the NFL with 18 from 2008 through 2010.
The Cardinals outscored the Eagles 14-3 in the 4th quarter today, extended Philadelphia's 4th-quarter futility this season. The Eagles have outscored their opponents by 64 points in the first 3 quarters, but have been outscored 74-27 in the 4th.
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Asante Samuel recorded his 5th career interception return for a TD, his first since Week 15 in 2008. Since his rookie season in 2003, that is the 4th most in the NFL.
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