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Domo's grades for Eagles-Cardinals

DeSean Jackson stiff-arms Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell during a punt return. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson stiff-arms Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell during a punt return. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
DeSean Jackson stiff-arms Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell during a punt return. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer) Gallery: Eagles 24, Cardinals 21

After each game, the Daily News' Paul Domowitch offers his grades on the Eagles' performance.

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RUN OFFENSE

The Eagles rushed for 105 yards against a stingy run defense that had been holding opponents to 81. LeSean McCoy averaged 4.2 yards per carry and had 12- and 19-yard runs. Nick Foles had a 9-yard run on a second-and-long on the Eagles’ final touchdown drive.

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    GRADE: B-minus

    PASS OFFENSE

    Nick Foles was sacked five times, but threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions and completed 61.7 percent of his passes. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek combined for nine catches and three TDs. Four of Ertz’s five catches went for either TDs (2) or first downs (2).

    GRADE: B-plus

    RUN DEFENSE

    The Cardinals were without their best running back, Andre Ellington, which was a big plus for the Eagles. But the Cardinals still rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries in the first half, including 61 by Rashard Mendenhall. They only ran seven times in the second half after falling behind 24-7.

    GRADE: B

    PASS DEFENSE

    The Eagles sacked Carson Palmer five times and intercepted him twice. They gave up a combined 10 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, but made plays when they needed them, including a big fourth-and-5 play by Bradley Fletcher on a pass to Floyd with 1:51 left.

    GRADE: B-plus

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    Punter Donnie Jones had another big game, putting seven of his eight punts inside the 20, allowing just two returns and finishing with a 44.8-yard net average. Brandon Boykin and Brad Smith both had 30-plus-yard kickoff returns. The Eagles’ coverage units had an excellent game.

    GRADE: A-minus

    OVERALL

    The Eagles held their eighth straight opponent to 21 points or less. It was the first time since Oct. 13 the Cardinals were held under 22. The offense stalled in the second half, which almost proved to be fatal. But they still managed to put up 300-plus yards and 23 first downs against the league’s eighth-ranked defense and had another turnover-free game.

    GRADE: A

    Paul Domowitch Daily News Staff Writer
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