The Philadelphia Eagles fell to 4-9-1 following their 33-26 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but not all was lost as Jalen Hurts again justified Howie Roseman using a second-round pick on the quarterback.
Hurts was dynamic at times and once again was able to keep the Eagles in the game for 60 minutes thanks to his dual-threat capabilities.
Jalen Hurts was dynamic
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jalen Hurts finishes 24 of 44 for 338 yards for 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and a 102.3 QBR. He also logged 11 rushes for 63 yards and 1 TD. Hurts became one of just 3 rookies since 1950 with 330+ passing yards and 60+ rushing yards in a game and 4+ TD. https://twitter.com/JeffKerrCBS/status/1340821055183708163
Quez Watkins arrived
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins (80) taunts Arizona Cardinals free safety Chris Banjo (31) as he scores a touchdown during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
After some early-season frustrations, the rookie Rookie wideout made a huge play on his first catch of the game, taking a bubble screen on 3rd-and-20 and taking it 32-yards for the touchdown at the start of the second quarter. Watkins finished with 3 catches for 40-yards and a score.
Finals Score: Philadelphia Eagles 26 – Arizona Cardinals 33
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Keys to the game
Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Kyler Murray had a career day as the Cardinals dynamic signal-caller ran for a touchdown and passed for three others en-route to a career-high 406 yards, helping the Cardinals fend off the Eagles 33-26 and maintain their grip on the seventh and final NFC playoff seed. Murray completed 27 of 36 passes, including a 20-yard touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins with 7:17 left to play. Hopkins finished with 9 catches for 169 yards as the Eagles injury-marred secondary played without Darius Slay and Rodney McLeod. The loss was a huge moral victory for Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who proved he belongs, passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown. Philadelphia dropped to 4-9-1 with the loss, but still have playoff hopes.