Eagles 21

(6-9, 2-6 away)

Cardinals 27

(5-10, 3-5 home)

4:05 PM ET, December 24, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
PHI 0 7 0 1421
ARI 6 7 7 727

Top Performers

Passing: J. McCown (ARI) - 294 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Shipp (ARI) - 13 CAR, 42 YDS

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 5 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Cards beat Eagles in last game at Sun Devil Stadium

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Even the Arizona players got a kick out of the sign in the stands that read "Thanks for the memories, both of them."

It was over when ...
The Eagles' onside kick attempt with 26 seconds remaining was recovered by Cardinal Eric Green, preserving the victory.
Game ball goes to ...
Green, but honorable mention goes to Josh McCown, who threw for 294 yards and two TDs in what was likely his final home game with Arizona.

Maybe Saturday's game will rank as a third.

The Cardinals ended 18 years of mostly unremarkable football at Sun Devil Stadium by beating the depleted Philadelphia Eagles 27-21.

Josh McCown, probably in his last home game in a Cardinals' uniform, threw touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

Karlos Dansby returned an interception 11 yards for a score and Neil Rackers kicked field goals of 37 and 32 yards in Arizona's final game at the stadium that has been its "temporary" home since the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1988.

"I was really thinking about that a lot," McCown said. "I don't know how much other guys thought of it because we're such a young team. But being here four years, being here with Jake (Plummer) and some of the guys that were around here a while, it was special to me. I wanted to go out with a win."

The Cardinals (5-10) move to their $370 million new stadium in the western suburb of Glendale next fall.

With 38 field goals in 40 attempts, Rackers needs two in the season finale at Indianapolis to break the NFL record of 39 shared by Olindo Mare of Miami (1999) and Jeff Wilkins of St. Louis (2003).

The Eagles (6-9) were beaten for the seventh time in nine games to assure their first losing season since going 5-11 in 1999, Andy Reid's first year as coach. Long since decimated by injuries, Philadelphia lost another big name, at least for the day, when defensive end Jevon Kearse went out with a sprained right knee in the first quarter.

"Congratulations to the Cardinals. They outplayed us today," Reid said. "That's my responsibility. I take the blame for that. I did not have this group ready to go."

Regardless of the injuries, Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter saw no excuse for losing to Arizona.

"We believe we're a better football team and we didn't show it, not even close," he said. "Obviously everybody knows we went through a lot this year with injuries and off-the-field situations, but there are certain games you're supposed to win and have got to win. This was one."

Mike McMahon threw for a touchdown and had a pair of 1-yard scoring runs for Philadelphia. A 30-yard pass interference penalty against Adrian Wilson set up McMahon's sneak from inches out that cut the lead to 27-21 with 26 seconds to play. But Arizona's Eric Green caught the onside kick to preserve the victory.

McCown, starting in place of injured Kurt Warner in what almost certainly was his final home game with Arizona, completed 27 of 38 passes for 294 yards and was intercepted once. In the second half, he was 16-for-19 for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

"That was one of the funnest games I've been a part of," McCown said.

McCown, an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, is 10-11 as a starter for the Cardinals, 8-8 the last two years under coach Dennis Green.

"I think he was very good," Green said of McCown's performance. "He was very efficient. He only made one bad throw. He does a good job of getting the ball up."

Fitzgerald caught five passes for 93 yards and Boldin nine for 81, putting both over 1,300 yards for the season. They are the sixth duo in NFL history to pass 1,300 in the same year.

Arizona had its longest drive of the season, 97 yards in 13 plays, for its final score, capped by McCown's' 20-yard TD pass to Boldin to make it 27-7.

McMahon, under severe pressure from the blitzing Arizona defense all afternoon, completed 12-of-33 for 151 yards. He was sacked four times, two apiece by Wilson and Chike Okeafor.

On first down from the Philadelphia 20 in the second quarter, McMahon's pass was picked off by onrushing linebacker Dansby, who ran 11 yards to make it 13-0.

An Eagles drive stalled at the Arizona 32, but Koy Detmer threw 12 yards to Chad Lewis on a fake field goal and McMahon threw 19 yards to Darnerien McCants. McMahon scrambled in from the 1 to cut the lead to 13-7.

Aided by a pass interference penalty against Michael Lewis, Arizona drove 76 yards in seven plays, culminated by McCown's 25-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Fitzgerald to make it 20-7.

Game notes

The Rutgers football team, in town to play in the Insight Bowl, attended the game. McMahon is a Rutgers alum. ... McCown's 47-yard TD pass to Bryant Johnson was called back by al illegal shift. ... Arizona was 61-82 at Sun Devil Stadium. ... Cardinals tackle Leonard Davis left with a bruised knee in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1119
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5772
Total Yards189360
Yards per play3.35.0
Total Drives1616
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

ariFG7:27Neil Rackers 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 37 yds, 3:00
ariFG4:10Neil Rackers 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 47 yds, 1:18
ariTD10:35Karlos Dansby, 11 yd interception return (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 11 yds, 3:30
phiTD6:44Mike McMahon, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 66 yds, 3:38
ariTD10:43Larry Fitzgerald, 25 yd pass from Josh McCown (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 4:12
ariTD11:32Anquan Boldin, 20 yd pass from Josh McCown (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 97 yds, 7:30
phiTD10:25Billy McMullen, 21 yd pass from Mike McMahon (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 58 yds, 0:52
phiTD0:28Mike McMahon, 1 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 1:17