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article imageNFL: Arizona pulls off another win by beating Philly 21-17

By Austin Tyler     Nov 13, 2011 in Sports
Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Eagles have had trouble the whole season with glimpses of good things, but they can’t seem to keep it going. The Arizona Cardinals have been struggling this year, but has managed to pull off two big wins in a row.
The Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) hosted the Arizona Cardinals (3-6) in a Week 10 matchup that was key to the Eagles post-season hopes. The Eagles needed to either win out or lose just one game to stay in the hunt for a Wildcard or even a shot at the division. As for the Cardinals, starting quarterback Kevin Kolb is out, and they are just trying to stay afloat.
Arizona started with the ball to begin the game, and Chris Wells (23 carries, 62 yards) had two runs in a row to make it 3rd and 2. John Skelton (21/40, 315 yards, 3 TD’s, 2 Int’s) then missed on his first pass of the game, and the Cardinals were forced to punt the ball away.
Philadelphia took over after the punt, and tried to get their offense going with their drive. Michael Vick (16/34, 128 yards, 2 Int’s) started the drive by hitting Owen Schmitt for his only catch of the game for 8-yards. On the next play Vick hit Brent Celek (4 receptions, 53 yards) for a 13-yard gain. Vick (8 carries, 79 yards) had one play during the drive where he ran for 9-yards before they punted the ball away.
The Cardinals got the ball back after the punt and they got things going with a Skelton pass to Chansi Stuckey for an 8-yard pass. Arizona then gained 16-yards on a pass from Skelton to Andre Roberts (4 receptions, 55 yards). With the ball on the Eagles 17-yardline and the drive stalled, Arizona brought Jay Feely in for a 35-yard field-goal. Feely came in and kicked it wide left, giving the Eagles back the ball.
Both teams traded punts back and forth until Arizona had a chance to put more points on the board. Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald (7 receptions, 146 yards, 2 TD’s) for a 42-yard gain. Skelton then ran for 9-yards before having to settle for another Feely field-goal. Feely lined up for a 43-yard field-goal this, but pushed it wide right missing his second field-goal in a row.
LeSean McCoy (14 carries, 81 yards) got the drive started with a 14-yard run. McCoy later had a 13-yard run to make it 3rd and 4. Vick then tried to hit McCoy, but it fall short and the Eagles were forced to punt again.
At the 10:19 mark in the second quarter, one of the offenses finally got on the board. It was the Eagles on an Asante Samuels interception. It was 2nd and 5 with Skelton dropping back to pass only to have Samuels then pick it off and return it for a touchdown. His return made it a quick 7-0 lead in the Eagles favor.
The Cards finally got their offense going with Skelton hitting Jeff King (4 receptions, 26 yards) for a 13-yard gain. Wells later had an 11-yard run to keep the drive going with another firstdown. Roberts also had 12-yard run on this drive to get a firstdown before Skelton and Fitzgerald hooked up for 10-yard touchdown pass. The score by Fitzgerald made it a 7-up game with 4:48 left to go in the half.
The Eagles got their offense moving with Vick and McCoy connecting for a 9-yard pass. Vick then had a 16-yard run that went right up the middle giving them a firstdown. Vick almost had a pass picked off, but it was nullified due a defensive holding penalty. Vick bounced back with a 14-yard run to the right side as he got the ball to the Cardinals 1-yardline. McCoy then ran the ball in from 1-yard out to make it a 14-7 lead.
Philly went into halftime with the lead, and came out with the ball to start the third quarter. The teams traded punts until the 5:24 mark of the third quarter. Vick and the Eagles had the ball and McCoy broke a 29-yard run. Vick then dropped back for a pass and had it intercepted by Calais Campbell.
The Cardinals took over, but could not convert on the turnover and was forced to punt the ball away. Skelton to Early Doucet (2 receptions, 24 yards, 1 TD) was the biggest play of the drive as it went for 19-yards.
Vick and the Eagles took over to start the fourth quarter, and he scrambled for a 14-yard run to get the drive going. The drive stalled after that, and the Eagles were forced to punt. Wells started the dive with a 12-yard run, and then Fitzgerald caught a 29-yard pass from Skelton. Skelton and Roberts connected for a 20-yard pitch and catch to get to the Eagles 13-yardline. Skelton and Fitzgerald hooked up again for another touchdown that gave them a 14-14 game with 9:18 left in the game.
Philly struggled on their ensuing drive as they were forced to punt the ball away after just three plays. Arizona got the ball to start the drive and Wells kicked it off with a 3-yard run. Skelton then dropped back to pass on the third play of the drive and was picked off. Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted the pass giving the Eagles a chance to take the lead.
The Eagles tried to get into the endzone, but had to settle for an Alex Henery 36-yard field-goal. That gave the Eagles a 17-14 lead with 5:06 to go in the game. Vick had gone out on the drive with a brief injury. Arizona started with an 11-yard pass from Skelton to Fitzgerald. Skelton continued to use his arm to move the ball down the field as he hit Fitzgerald with a 37-yard pass to get them on the 1-yardline. Skelton finished the drive with a 5-yard pass to Doucet to make it a 21-17 lead with 1:53 left in the game.
Vick and the Eagles took the field with a chance to score. Vick hit Steve Smith (5 receptions, 47 yards) to start the drive. Vick then had an 8-yard run before going back to Smith for a 14-yard gain. Vick had two incomplete passes before he later threw an interception. AJ Jefferson picked off the pass and ended the Eagles chance of a comeback.
DeSean Jackson was inactive today as he had missed a meeting on Saturday.
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