Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) after being stopped just short of the goal line during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Questionable Call Seals Victory for Eagles Over Cardinals, 24-21


Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates scoring a touchdown with center Jason Kelce (62) during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone always says that a “win is a win”, but Eagles fans have to think that today’s 24-21 win against the Cardinals was tainted by a questionable defensive holding call.

The clock was working against the Cardinals at the end of the game when the Cardinals stopped Nick Foles from converting on a third down rushing play, forcing the Eagles to kick a field goal with about a minute and a half remaining in the game. Although the odds would have been in the Eagles favor, the Cardinals still had a chance to win the game with a touchdown.

The referees thought otherwise, as they called Matt Shaughnessy for defensive holding. This phantom call gave the Eagles an automatic first down allowing for them to go into victory formation and run out the clock.

This was a very important victory for the Eagles. Their record improves to 7-5 keeping them tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop of the NFC East standings.

Just like in the Birds last game in Week 11 against the Redskins, it was the defense that made the difference in the contest. They were able to force three turnovers, including one fumble and two interceptions, and sacked the quarterback 5 times.

Although the Eagles offense barely reached over 300 yards, Nick Foles continued to look very impressive under center. The reigning NFC Offensive Player of November has yet to throw an interception and he was able to utilize his tight ends flawlessly. The combination of Zach Ertz and Brent Celek accounted for all of Philadelphia’s touchdowns with 2 and 1 respectively.

Arizona’s defense played very exceptionally, but the Eagle’s offense just played slightly better. It was the penalties committed by the Cardinals that were their Achilles heel. Penalties allowed Eagles to extend their drives and kept the Arizona offense sidelined and turnovers limited the Cardinal’s offensive chances on the whole.

Philadelphia will host Detroit next week, a team that is also in a heated divisional race like the Eagles. In order to keep their playoff dreams alive, the Eagles must continue to win at home which hasn’t been easy for them thus far. A two-week home winning streak and a quarterback who has been nothing but efficient since earning the starting spot are clear confidence boosters for the Birds going into a tough matchup. Expect to see a very exciting game in Week 14.

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  • Dr Muon Funk

    It wasn’t a fantom call. The DE was holding the back of Casey’s Jersey while he was trying to pull away. Granted they could have called a lot of other penalties through out the game but it still was a hold.

  • Ryan Hallisey

    That is not phantom at all sorry.

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  • BritishEagles.co.uk

    Don’t understand how it is a phantom call when he’s quite obviously tugging our guys jersey? Even when it happened real time it was as blatant as it was in slow-mo. I couldn’t believe the naive commentators saying it was weak… pot kettle lads we had some ‘weak’ calls earlier in the game thank you very much.