Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ex-Eagle Spach comes up big in Cardinals' win

The Arizona Cardinals took down the Atlanta Falcons, 30-24, in the weekend's first playoff game. If you were watching the game, you noticed an ex-Eagle make a huge catch down the stretch to ice the game. Up 30-24, the Cardinals faced 3rd-and-16 near midfield with 2:17 left. A stop by the Falcons' defense and Matt Ryan would get a chance to take his team down the field for the game-winning score. But it was not to be. Kurt Warner found tight end Stephen Spach wide open in the middle of the field for a 22-yard gain, a first down and a date with the Carolina Panthers or New York Giants next weekend. Does the name Stephen Spach sound familiar? He played 13 games for the Eagles in 2005, catching seven balls for 42 yards. This season with the Cardinals, he had two catches for 15 yards in the regular season. But today, he eclipsed his season total on all accounts with three catches for 34 yards. There were actually several other ex-Eagles on the field today: Cardinals cornerback Roderick Hood; Cardinals cornerback Matt Ware; and Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran.

Ex-Eagle Spach comes up big in Cardinals' win

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The Arizona Cardinals took down the Atlanta Falcons, 30-24, in the weekend's first playoff game.

If you were watching the game, you noticed an ex-Eagle make a huge catch down the stretch to ice the game.

Up 30-24, the Cardinals faced 3rd-and-16 near midfield with 2:17 left. A stop by the Falcons' defense and Matt Ryan would get a chance to take his team down the field for the game-winning score.

But it was not to be. Kurt Warner found tight end Stephen Spach wide open in the middle of the field for a 22-yard gain, a first down and a date with the Carolina Panthers or New York Giants next weekend.

Does the name Stephen Spach sound familiar?

He played 13 games for the Eagles in 2005, catching seven balls for 42 yards.

This season with the Cardinals, he had two catches for 15 yards in the regular season. But today, he eclipsed his season total on all accounts with three catches for 34 yards.

There were actually several other ex-Eagles on the field today: Cardinals cornerback Roderick Hood; Cardinals cornerback Matt Ware; and Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran.

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