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Game Recap: Eagles 20, Cardinals 17

Eagles vs. Cardinals
Eagles vs. Cardinals

The 4-0 Eagles were in Arizona to take on the Cardinals in Week 5. They entered the game as the ONLY remaining undefeated team in the NFL – last year, the Cardinals were the last remaining unbeaten team.

According to Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro, more than 30,000 Eagles fans filled the stands in a State Farm Stadium that holds 63,400. The win not only increased their win streak to 5, but ended a drought in Arizona; the Eagles had never won in the Cardinals' current arena before Sunday.

EAGLES STAT LEADERS

Rushing: Jalen Hurts, 61 yards and 2 touchdowns plus 26/36 passes for 239 yards

Receiving: Dallas Goedert, 9 catches for 95 yards

Defense: C.J. Gardner-Johnson, 10 tackles and 1 interception

FIRST QUARTER

• The Eagles won the toss and deferred to the second half.

• The Eagles' defense started off hot – Kyzir White forced Kyler Murray to throw the ball away on a third-down attempt, stifling the Cardinals' first drive.

• The Eagles' offense marched down the field in an 11-play 64-yard drive right to the end zone, highlighted by a pair of Jalen Hurts sneaks – one for a first down and one for the score. Dallas Goedert had two catches for 24 yards, while A.J. Brown added 32 yards on three receptions. New kicker Cameron Dicker sealed the deal with his first extra point as an Eagle. Philadelphia led 7-0 with 8:06 remaining in the first quarter.

• One injury to watch: Landon Dickerson is questionable to return with a leg injury. Sua Opeta went in at left guard. The Eagles entered the game without starting left tackle Jordan Mailata (shoulder), who was replaced by Jack Driscoll.

• The contingent of Eagles fans who traveled to Glendale had plenty to keep on cheering about – C.J. Gardner-Johnson intercepted Kyler Murray's pass intended for Marquise Brown, marking his first and the Eagles' sixth of the season.

FANS GET A FROSTY! The Eagles held the Cardinals from reaching the end zone in the first quarter. The Cardinals have yet to score in the first quarter of any game this season.

SECOND QUARTER

• Another one for Hurts! He took it up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown with 10:11 remaining in the first half to make it 14-0 Eagles. It was Hurts' sixth rushing touchdown of the season, tying the mark for the most by an Eagle in the first five games of a season – Tom Sullivan, 1974.

• It appeared that Hurts threw an interception when Jalen Thompson picked off an A.J. Brown target, but it was ruled an incomplete pass instead. The drive ended in a sack for an 11-yard loss at the Philadelphia 12-yard line by Zach Allen.

• On the following Cardinals possession, Murray connected with Marquise Brown on a 25-yard pass that resulted in their first points of the game. The score finished a 6-play, 57-yard drive.

• Jason Kelce went down and struggled off the field with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter. Rookie center Cam Jurgens took over his spot on the already banged-up offensive line. The injury is the third for starters on the offensive line – Jordan Mailata was ruled out for Sunday's game and Dickerson remained questionable.

• The Cardinals fooled the Eagles' special teams with a fake punt – and they closed the quarter with a field goal, making it 14-10 at halftime.

THIRD QUARTER

• Jason Kelce returned at the start of the second half, adding needed support to the offensive line after a less-than-favorable end to the first half.

• Dicker the Kicker made his first field goal attempt from 42 yards out to make it 17-10 with 9:57 left in the third quarter.

• A pair of plays from Haason Reddick and James Bradberry cooled off a persistent Cardinals offense; Bradberry knocked down a pass from Murray intended for running back Eno Benjamin, then Reddick knocked down Murray with a third-down sack against his former team.

• Landon Dickerson returned to the game with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles extended their win streak to open the season with a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. It was the team's first win at State Farm Stadium.

FOURTH QUARTER

• The Cardinals made it a tie game with 9:43 left – Eno Benjamin took it in for an 11-yard run.

• The Eagles ran the clock down with the ball in their possession to 1:45 – they finished their nearly 8-minute drive with another field goal, leaving the Cardinals down three with less than two minutes to score.

• The Eagles iced the kicker for the win! The Cardinals attempted a field goal that would extend the game, but Matt Ammendola's 43-yard try for a field goal went wide right.

• The Eagles improved to 5-0 and won their first game at State Farm Stadium.

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