After holding their own for the first half of Sunday night's matchup, the Eagles dug themselves a hole with four costly turnovers that would ultimately decide the game. Philadelphia fell to Arizona by a final score of 40-17 to drop to 6-8 on the year. The Eagles host Washington in a must-win game next Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. A loss to the Redskins will end the Eagles' chances of capturing the NFC East. Here are some of the top takeaways from Sunday night's game ...
Turnovers Prove Costly
The Eagles entered the second half trailing 17-10 and left the third quarter trailing 30-10. Turnovers plagued Philadelphia, as it had promising drives cut short by giveaways. The first came courtesy of a Sam Bradford sack-fumble in Arizona territory, while the latter came on a fumble near midfield by Ryan Mathews. Arizona was able to convert the Mathews' turnover into seven points.
Arizona's defense then grabbed another touchdown off the Eagles' offense in the fourth. Bradford threw an interception on the first play of the final quarter that safety Deone Bucannon returned 39 yards to extend his team's lead to 37-10. Bradford threw a second interception with 2:37 remaining in the game.
A Career Night For Matthews
Over the Eagles' last five games, Jordan Matthews has averaged just 29.8 yards on 3.2 catches per game, but in the first half against Arizona the second-year wideout looked better than he has in perhaps any half this season, catching six balls for 70 yards.
He continued that dominance in the second half, adding an additional 89 yards to bring his total to a career-high 159 yards on the night. Matthews' longest play was a 78-yard touchdown, again the longest of his career, which came on the drive immediately following Bradford's pick-six.
Maxwell And Rowe Both Banged Up
Early in Sunday night's game against Arizona, cornerback Byron Maxwell went down with a shoulder injury that forced him to come off the field for evaluation. He returned a short time later, but Maxwell was again shaken up while tackling Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd. He attempted to make a second return, but after one play he jogged to the sideline, where trainers escorted him into the locker room. He did not return.
Rookie cornerback Eric Rowe was also hurt during the second quarter, suffering a concussion that kept him out for the remainder of the game. In their absences, the Eagles leaned upon E.J. Biggers and Jaylen Watkins to fill in.
Bradford Briefly Exits
At the 7:23 mark of the first, quarterback Sam Bradford was shaken up on a third-and-13 play after completing a pass to Matthews for a gain of 14. He left the field under his own power and missed only one play before returning to action. In all, the quarterback finished the game 28-of-41 for 361 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.
Arizona's Offense Dominates The Game
Throughout the night, the Cardinals' offense was explosive in the run and pass game, finishing with 493 yards. Quarterback Carson Palmer went 20-of-32 for 274 yards and a touchdown, while David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams combined for 230 yards on the ground.
Johnson registered 187 of those rushing yards and was responsible for three of Arizona's touchdowns. His longest run of the night helped Arizona regained the lead with just over four minutes left in the first half. He turned what looked like a potential rush for no gain into a 47-yard scamper into the end zone, with several broken tackles along the way.
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