Arizona Cardinals-Philadelphia Eagles Game Balls
By Scott Allen
There were many stars on both sides of the ball on Sunday, so many players contributed, but there were three stars above all
The Philadelphia Eagles gave the Arizona Cardinals everything they could handle and then some on Sunday before the Cards came away with the 24-20 victory. Both teams had great offensive and defensive performances. Here are today’s three game balls.
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There are a lot of players I wish I could give this to but I think the offensive star of the day was Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin. The guy played lights out. He carried the work load with 12 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He left the game briefly in the second quarter but still returned to help the Eagles take a third quarter lead.
There were a few Cards that came close to getting the ball, including receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He almost broke a career-high in receiving yards. Receiver John Brown also had a big game with, including the game-winning 75-yard touchdown score.
Tough call. Very tough call. I am torn but ultimately I am going to give it to Cards cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He came up big with two interceptions and five tackles. His interceptions came at very opportune times, including one in the end zone.
You can make a case for Cards safety Troy Jefferson with his 12 tackles but Cromartie made the plays when it most counted. Safety Deone Bucannon also had a good day with eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Eagles kicker Cody Parkey. He was 2-2 on field goal attempts. One of them was a huge 54-yard kick that cut an Arizona lead to 14-10 in the third quarter. If he misses that one, it could have completely changed the complexity of the game given the field position, score, and time of the game.