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Arizona Cardinals React to Disappointing Loss to Philadelphia

December 3rd, 2013 at 6:38 AM
By Steve Smith

'San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, September 13, 2009' photo (c) 2009, Michael Wifall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Time will tell how crucial yesterday's 24-21 loss to Philadelphia will be to the Arizona Cardinals moving forward.

When you're in the NFC playoff chase, every loss is critical. Every big play is magnified. Every game is ultra-important.

Sunday's loss dropped the Cards to 7-5. Sure, this was not a crippling loss but it was damaging. If the playoffs started today, the Red Birds would be on the outside looking in. They're still in third place in the NFC West.

Three Carson Palmer turnovers and five Eagles sacks ultimately did Arizona in.

“We played good enough to play close but not good enough to win,” head coach Bruce Arians told azcentral.com. “We self-inflicted ourselves with wounds in the first half that cost us points.”

The Cardinals did not force any turnovers against Philadelphia, something they've been very good at this season. Arizona fell behind, 24-7 in the third quarter but narrowed the gap to 24-21 on touchdown receptions by Michael Floyd and Jim Dray. However, that hole was too deep to dig out of.

“The Eagles played better than we did,” stated guard Daryn Colledge. “We’re not going to try to point fingers. We’re going to try to go back, get stronger from this and make a run.”

That run has to commence this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams in Glendale.

"It’s just a minor setback,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “We still control our own destiny.”

Perhaps.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians, Daryn Colledge, Football, Jim Dray, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, NFL

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