Entering the second quarter down 7-3 facing an Arizona first-and-10 inside the 10-yard line, the Eagles were able to hold the Cardinals to three points after a nice stand by the home team's defense. A short field goal by Chandler Catanzaro made it 10-3, but the Eagles quickly responded with a touchdown of their own to make it 10-10. Arizona broke off a huge run late in the frame to give them a seven-point cushion, and the Eagles passed up a chip-shot field goal of their own to go for it on fourth-and-inches with under a minute left until halftime. Running back Ryan Mathews was tackled short of the sticks, though, and Eagles entered halftime down 17-10 after turning it over on downs.
Here are some notes from the first half ...
Eagles Take Advantage Of Arizona Miscue To Find Pay Dirt
After settling for a field goal on its first drive of the game and going three-and-out on the second, Philadelphia was able to even the score at 10 apiece with 8:26 left in the game after quarterback Sam Bradford found tight end Zach Ertz for a 22-yard touchdown strike over the middle of the field. The Cardinals tried to call a timeout before the play began because they only had 10 men on the field, but the officials didn't notice, and shortly after the ball was snapped the third-year tight end was wide open down the field.
Cardinals Go Ahead After 47-yard Touchdown Run
Arizona regained the lead with just over four minutes left in the first half after David Johnson 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. On 16 carries at halftime, the Cardinals have gained 122 yards, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Johnson suffered a knee injury late in the first half after gaining a total of 112 yards rushing.
Jordan Matthews Finding His Groove
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 has looked better than he has in perhaps any half this season, catching six balls for 70 yards.
Bradford Continues To Look Sharp
Coming off four of his best games of the season, Sam Bradford has impressed once again early in Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Through a half of play, the first-year Eagles signal-caller has completed 15 of his 20 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Early in the game, he was forced to come out of the game for a play after being slammed to the turf by defensive end Calais Campbell, but he returned after missing just one snap.
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 return to the game later, but after one play he jogged to the sideline, where trainers escorted him into the locker room. His return is questionable.
Rookie cornerback Eric Rowe was also hurt during the second quarter, suffering a concussion that will keep him out for the remainder of the game. In their absence, the Eagles have leaned upon E.J. Biggers and Jaylen Watkins to fill in.
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