After racing out to a 24-7 lead in the third quarter, the Eagles held off a late comeback attempt from the Arizona Cardinals thanks to two key penalties to escape with a 24-21 win. The Eagles improved to 7-5 after winning their fourth straight game to remain in a first-place tie in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.
In his first start since being named the starting quarterback by head coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday,
However, the streak was briefly over for a few moments. With 3:51 remaining, the Eagles were looking to run out the clock. Foles was pressured by the Arizona defense and instead of taking a sack he attempted a pass to wide receiver
On the final drive of the game, the Eagles had the ball at the Arizona 15-yard line after forcing a turnover on downs. On third down from the 9-yard line, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy was called for a holding penalty which was compounded by linebacker Daryl Washington's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for verbally abusing an official. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave the Eagles a fresh set of downs and allowed them to run out the clock.
Foles was efficient against one of the league's stingiest defenses. On the opening drive of the second half, Foles converted three third-down situations and hit tight end
The rest of the day belonged to the defense which punished Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who was 24-of-41 for 302 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble. Palmer was sacked five times in the game – twice each by linebackers
Arizona's four-game win streak came to an end. The Cardinals are now 7-5 on the season, along with the Eagles.