This was the battle of the birds, and a battle to share NFC supremacy with the Dallas Cowboys. It was expected to be shootout, which is why Fox dubbed it "Americas Game of the Week". In the end the Cardinals pulled it out of the hat, due in large to the defense, and rookie receiver John "Smokey" Brown.
The game started out ugly for both sides. The referees littered the field with their yellow hankies, which caused both teams to struggle early. Eventually the Eagles struck the first blow, with a Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin touchdown. Carson Palmer and company followed suit on their ensuing possession, capped off with an Andre Ellington touchdown.
The Eagles would have two more scoring opportunities in the first half, but a fumble by rookie receiver Josh Huff and a pass intercepted by Antonio Cromartie held the Eagles to a mere 7 points in the first half.
The Cardinals received the ball to begin the second half, and it started hot, with a Palmer to Fitzgerald 80 yard score, Fitzgerald's longest reception of his career. But after that, it was all Eagles scoring a field goal and eventually another Foles to Maclin score.
Peterson was diagnosed with a concussion early in the third. He, Deone Bucannon, and Jeremy Maclin all collided. Both Maclin and Peterson needed help off of the field, and Peterson would not return to the sideline.
It seemed for much of the third quarter, that Arizona was pinned deep in their own territory, while the Eagles were always around the 50.
In the fourth, Arizona would find their groove, scoring the game tying field goal. Eagles would take their ensuing possession four minutes, and threatened to score. But a goal line stand by the Cardinals forced the Eagles to kick the field goal, and the 20-17 lead.
The biggest play of the game came from Carson Palmer to John Brown, for the go ahead touchdown. Facing a 3rd and 5, Palmer went deep to John Brown, who held on and outran two Eagles defenders for the score.
The Eagles had 1:21 to score, and after three shots at the endzone inside their own 20, Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Bucannon, and Rashad Johnson came up with crucial deflections, or shoves to ensure the Cardinals win.
Rookie kicker, Chandler Catanzaro, set the NFL rookie kicker record for most kicks to start their career. (16). He's on pace to kick the 4th most field goals by a rookie kicker. (32)