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Five Takeaways From First Quarter


Under the lights at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday night, the Eagles, dressed from head to toe in black, went down early against Arizona. They currently trail the Cardinals 7-3. Here are the biggest takeaways from the first quarter of the game ...

Arizona Strikes First

Losing the coin toss didn't stop the Cardinals from coming out strong this Sunday night as the team went on an eight-play, 78-yard touchdown drive to score the first points of the matchup. Quarterback Carson Palmer was 3-of-4 and connected with tight end Darren Fells for a 36-yard reception, which marked the longest play of the drive. His only incomplete pass was a deep throw intended for John Brown that slipped through the receiver's hands. The opening drive was finished off with a 1-yard run from rookie running back David Johnson into the end zone to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.

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 wideout Jordan Matthews for a gain of 14. He left the field under his own power and missed only one play before returning to action.

Matthews Off To A Fast Start

After being held to just 19 receiving yards against Buffalo, in part due to a back injury, Matthews is off to a quick start in this matchup with three receptions for 53 yards, including a 30-yard catch. He also came up with two third-down conversions on the Eagles' opening drive, which helped lead to a 36-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal.

Cardinals' Passing A Problem

Through the opening 15 minutes of play, the Cardinals have already thrown for 127 yards. Coming into the game, the Eagles knew this would be the biggest challenge due to Arizona's talented quarterback and receiving corps. As the first quarter came to a close, Palmer and his team were gearing up for a first-and-goal from the six.

Ertz Evaluated For Concussion

After an incomplete third-down pass attempt, just before Sturgis' field goal, tight end Zach Ertz was evaluated by trainers for a concussion and was cleared. Ertz suffered a concussion in the loss to Tampa Bay on November 22.

The Sunday Night Football showdown against the Cardinals kicked off with the Eagles sporting their #BackInBlack uniforms. View the full gallery here...

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