We now reach Week 8 in our 2014 Arizona Cardinals rewind. Week 8 was a thrilling 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Eagles. It was the game the Cardinals won on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to John Brown in the fourth quarter.
Philly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with a Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin touchdown. Arizona tied the score at seven on the very next drive, as Andre Ellington punched it in the end zone from a yard out to end a 13-play drive.
No one scored the rest of the first half.
The Cardinals then jumped on top by a touchdown three plays into the second half, when Carson Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald on a short pass that he turned into an 80-yard touchdown.
After a couple of punts, Philly got three more points to make it 14-10 when kicker Cody Parkey nailed a 54-yard field goal.
Arizona got one first down before punting and then Philly and Arizona exchanged three-and-outs before the Eagles took the lead on a big play. Nick Foles found Maclin again, this time throwing the ball deep to him, and the play ended as a 54-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 17-14 lead.
In the fourth quarter, both teams traded field goals to make it 20-17 Philly with just under two minutes left in the game.
That's when John Brown happened. On third and five, Brown did a double move to blow past the secondary and Palmer found him deep for one of the biggest plays of the season -- a 75-yard touchdown.
With still over a minute left, Philly had a chance. They drove down the field and were in the red zone. The secondary made three plays. Tyrann Mathieu deflected the first down pass to Jordan Mathews in the end zone. Deone Bucannon made a fantastic play to knock the ball away from Zach Ertz in the end zone. Then, on the final play of the game, Rashad Johnson knocked Matthews out of bounds before he could get his feet down when he caught a pass from Foles.
What went right:
Carson Palmer threw from 329 yards and no interceptions. His two touchdowns were big plays. Both Fitz and Brown had over 100 yards receiving.
The Cardinals defense picked off Nick Foles twice. The secondary made huge plays at the end of the game with big blitzes coming up front. Todd Bowles trusted his defensive backs and they rewarded him.
Carson Palmer did not get sacked.
What went wrong:
Nick Foles absolutely shredded the Cardinals defense. He threw for over 400 yards. Philly's offense had seven plays of 20 yards or more.
For the first time all season, the Cardinals gave up over 100 yards rushing.
Patrick Peterson left the game with a head injury.
The Cardinals did not manage to get a sack. (They did get a decent amount of pressure on Foles, though)
What we learned:
We learned about how clutch the Cardinals were on offense with Carson Palmer. We also learned how clutch the defense was. After getting shredded by the pass all game, they forced three straight incompletions when it was absolutely necessary.
This was really the game that legitimized the hot Cardinals start. Philly was the first team they beat who was considered a quality opponent at the time.