An action-packed second quarter saw the Cardinals tie the game at 7-7 before the Eagles responded with 10 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead into halftime. In a welcome site for the raucous fans at Lincoln Financial Field, near flawless clock management on the team's final drive of the half led to a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek with 14 seconds left in the half. The Eagles will also receive the opening kickoff of the second half.
The Eagles' second quarter touchdown drive came on a nine-play, 78-yard drive that took 2:08 off the clock. The drive included big-time conversions on third and fourth down, including a 4th-and-2 first-down run by LeSean McCoy. Following that pickup, Nick Foles lofted the ball into the end zone for Riley Cooper, who was interfered with, placing the ball on the 1-yard-line with 19 second left in the half. Foles would toss the touchdown to Celek on the next play.
The big play for the Cardinals came on a 3rd-and-20 from the Eagles' 43-yard-line. Immediately following a sack by Brandon Graham and Bennie Logan, Palmer targeted his favorite receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, over the middle. Enveloped in tight coverage, Fitzgerald caught the ball nonetheless, a few yards shy of the first down. But the oncoming hit by safety Patrick Chung was unable to bring Fitzgerald down, as the Cardinals receiver absorbed the blow before gathering himself and sprinting into the end zone to tie the game at seven points apiece.
The Cardinals touchdown capped an eight-play, 57-yard drive that began in somewhat ridiculous circumstances. Following a stalled drive, Donnie Jones punted the ball in the direction of Cardinals punt returner extraordinaire Patrick Peterson. The short punt struck a difference Cardinal, making for a free recovery for the Eagles. The Eagles were unable to recover the ball, though, which was then scooped up by Cardinals cornerback Antoine Cason. Sixteen yards later, Cason was brought down by Kurt Coleman as the ball popped out and was recovered by the Eagles. After review, however, Cason's knee was ruled to be down prior to the fumble, giving the ball back to the visitors and setting up their eventual touchdown.
Following Fitzgerald's score, the Eagles answered with a 32-yard Alex Henery field goal. The Eagles drove into the red zone thanks to completions by Nick Foles of 19 yards (a screen to LeSean McCoy), 20 yards (to Jason Avant) and 24 yards (to Riley Cooper, who made a spectacular one-handed catch before breaking a tackle). The drive stalled, though, after a failed wildcat play on first down when Brad Smith briefly fumbled the snap before taking a loss of four yards.
On the ensuing Cardinals' possession, the Eagles defense forced a punt after allowing just one first down. For the offense, deuces were wild as they began the drive at their own 22-yard line with 2:22 left on the clock. The first play of the drive produced a beautiful tear drop of a pass by Foles to DeSean Jackson, who beat Patrick Peterson on a wheel route out of the backfield for a 25-yard gain. The catch put Jackson over 1,000 yards on the season – the third time he has accomplished that feat. Eight plays later, the Eagles found the end zone.
Nick Foles – 15-of-20 for 175 yards, two touchdowns, seven yards rushing and a 134.4 quarterback rating
LeSean McCoy – Eight carries for 30 yards and four catches for 36 yards
DeSean Jackson – Two catches for 39 yards
Carson Palmer – 10-of-17 for 119 yards, one touchdown, one interception, one lost fumble and a 75.4 quarterback rating
Rashard Mendenhall – 12 carries for 61 yards
Larry Fitzgerald – Two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown