GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For a brief moment, it looked like the thousands of Eagles fans who traveled to Arizona and splashed a sea of midnight green across University of Phoenix Stadium were going to go home elated after witnessing yet another thrilling victory.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Nick Foles along the left side of the end zone. The only question was whether he got both feet inbounds. It was close, but Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson pushed Matthews out of bounds before he could get both feet down.
That was the final play of the game as the Eagles fell 24-20 to the Cardinals and moved to 5-2 on the season.
"Nick trusted me," said Matthews sitting in front of his locker after the game, still in full uniform. "He gave me a chance to go get the ball so I have to find a way to get my feet down. It's the bottom line. That's on me. I've got to make a play for my team and my quarterback."
Fellow wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was on the opposite site of the field and saw that Matthews caught the ball. He, too, was waiting for the referee to make the signal.
"I know he caught it in bounds. He might have been pushed out," Maclin said. "We just came up short. We've been on the other side of this. This side isn't fun at all."
Matthews had six catches for 47 yards in his most productive game since the team's Week 3 win over Washington, when he registered his first two career touchdowns. Unfortunately, Matthews is going to remember the one play that he did not come away with on this day.
"You've got to go back, watch the film. Everybody's got to have an open mind to it," the rookie said. "You've got to have a thick skin, too. You've got to be able to take criticism and then just move on and worry about the Houston Texans."