Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles Tied at 7-7


Arizona Cardinals get on scoreboard early in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles

It didn’t take long into the second quarter for the Arizona Cardinals to get on the board and tie the Philadelphia Eagles at seven a piece.  An Andre Ellington one-yard got the scoring going for the Cards.  He has 14 carries for 50 yards in the first half.

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The Cards were able to get a couple of big turnovers on the Eagles in the second quarter.  Defensive tackle Frostee Rucker was able to punch the ball free from Eagles receiver Josh Huff at the two-yard line.  It was picked up by safety Deone Bucannon.  Then on the next Eagles drive the Cards intercepted quarterback Nick Foles in the end zone.  Cornerback Antonio Cromartie picked the ball off in the end zone and took it out to the 38-yard line.  The Cards offense stalled after both drives.

The story of the first half though has been penalties.  The referees seem to be trying to fill some kind of quota with all the flags that have been thrown.  Sixteen of them have been called against the two teams.  Nine of them are against the Eagles, seven against the Cardinals.  Both sides have been flagged for roughing the passer and illegal contact penalties, which apparently this crew has been known to call a lot.

Both teams have adjustments to make for the second half.  The Cards can feel fortunate they aren’t down by a couple of touchdowns, which they easily could be if not for the two Eagles turnovers.