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NFL: Foles, Eagles beat Cardinals 24-21

Published December 1, 2013 6:44 pm

Nick of time • Foles throws three touchdowns to lead Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia • With Nick Foles leading the way, the Philadelphia Eagles have charged into the playoff picture.

Foles threw three touchdown passes, and a tough defense at the end helped the Eagles hold on for a 24-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Eagles (7-5) won their fourth straight game to remain tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. They're 5-1 when Foles starts.

"Big thing for Nick is his experience," coach Chip Kelly said. "He's getting better and better and making good decisions. We trust him because he's a good decision-maker. You're starting to see him grow."

Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three TD passes but also had two interceptions and lost a fumble as the Cardinals (7-5) had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Foles picked up where he left off in November, when he was the NFC's Player of the Month and tied an NFL record with seven TDs in a game. The second-year pro finished 21-for-34 for 237 yards against a defense that came in ranked eighth in the league.

Making just his 12th career start, Foles set a team record for most passes without an interception (233), breaking Michael Vick's mark of 224 set in 2010. He also moved within one TD pass of tying Peyton Manning's record of 20 TD passes and zero interceptions to start a season.

The Cardinals took over at their 10 with 2:08 left. But Palmer misfired on third-and-5, and Bradley Fletcher knocked down a pass to Michael Floyd on fourth down.

"We had a chance to win it, multiple opportunities to make plays," Palmer said. "You can't come into a place like this and play against a good team in front of a crowd like this and not win that battle."