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Third Quarter Review: Eagles Still Up 10

Posted Dec 1, 2013

Entering the second half with a 17-7 lead, the Eagles received the ball to start the third quarter. After a touchback on the kickoff, Nick Foles would keep the ball on back-back plays to give the Eagles an early first down. A few plays later, the Eagles would call their first timeout of the half prior to a third-and-ten play. Following the timeout, Foles would find Riley Cooper down the middle for 16 yards and another first down. A few plays later, Foles would find Zach Ertz for the third first down of the drive. After another first down picked up by LeSean McCoy on the ground, Foles would find Ertz for the tight end's second score of the day from 24 yards out, giving the Eagles a 24-7 lead.

The Cardinals would start the following drive at their own 20. Rashard Mendenhall would pick up an early first down, and Stepfan Taylor would haul in a 29-yard catch and run on a first-and-twenty play. After driving into Eagles territory, an illegal use of hands penalty on Cedric Thornton would give the Cardinals a first down at the Eagles 24-yard line. On a third-down play, Carson Palmer found Michael Floyd in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. The 23-yard touchdown brought the Cardinals back within 10 points with 5:14 to play in the third quarter.

Brad Smith would return the ensuing kickoff to the Eagles 29-yard line. The Eagles would be unable to answer the Cardinals score, as they would go three-and-out on their next drive, as Foles was sacked on a third-down play. Donnie Jones would come in to punt from deep in Eagles territory, and he would let go a beautiful 69-yard boot, pinning the Cardinals back at their own 17.

On the first play of the drive, Brandon Graham came in and sacked Palmer for a loss of nine. A couple of plays later, Palmer would beat the blitz and find Floyd for 16 yards and a first down. Two plays later, Palmer went deep looking for Andre Roberts, but Cary Williams had other ideas, intercepting the ball for the Eagles third takeaway of the game.

The Eagles started their next drive at their own 49, but were only able to get to the Cardinals 46-yard line. With the punt team on the field, the third quarter came to an end, with the Eagles leading 24-14.

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