PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Jalen Hurts ran for two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles remained the NFL’s only undefeated team, defeating Arizona 20-17 on Sunday after Matt Ammendola’s late field goal attempt for the Cardinals sailed wide to the right.
The Eagles went 5-0 for the first time since 2004, when they won their first seven games and finished 13-3.
The Cardinals never led but looked like they would push the game into overtime until Ammendola missed the 43-yarder. The kick looked good for a split second, but then turned hard right and outside the post. Ammendola was added to the active roster due to an injury to team’s starting kicker Matt Prater.
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray narrowly missed a first down during the final drive on a second-down run, then goaded the ball on the third down to force Ammendola’s try by 22 seconds.
Philadelphia scored the go-ahead field goal in a grinding 17-play, 70-yard drive that lasted nearly eight minutes. Hurts twice extended the drive with 1-yard runs down the middle on the third down and got a big boost off his offensive line to have enough room to dive forward.
Cameron Dicker, playing in place of the injured Jake Elliott, easily scored the 23-yard field goal. Philadelphia’s defense held Arizona’s offense on the final drive out of the end zone, then ran off the field celebrating when Ammendola’s kick went wide.
Hurts continued an MVP season by completing 26 of 36 passes for 239 yards. He also ran for 61 yards.
Arizona (2-3) has lost all three home games and won two away this season.
The Eagles mostly kept Murray at bay, limiting him to just 28 of 42 passes for 250 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Eagles had reduced their 14-0 lead to 14-10 at halftime with Matt Ammendola’s 20-yard field goal when time ran out in the second quarter. The Cardinals kept the drive alive with a fake punt and snapped the ball straight to Williams, who ran seven yards for the first down.
Hurts pushed the stack for a 1-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. The quarterback was 5 of 7 for 56 yards during the 64-yard drive as the Eagles methodically moved down.
He scored his second touchdown in the second quarter on another 1-yard run for a 14-0 advantage.
The Cardinals eventually hit back, and Marquise Brown shook off several would-be tacklers on a 25-yard touchdown that cut the deficit to 14-7.
The Cardinals didn’t score in the first quarter of this season and are fighting from behind in all five games. They have also lost all three home games while winning both games away.
Arizona has had a tough home game schedule this season, facing the Chiefs, Rams and Eagles.
The Eagles have a fan in Phillies star Bryce Harper, who helped his baseball team eliminate the St. Louis Cardinals in Saturday’s NL wild card round.
During the celebration, Harper said he’s looking forward to seeing the Eagles beat the “other Cardinals.”
Eagles: Philadelphia’s inactives included K Jake Elliott (ankle) and left tackle Jordan Mailata (shoulder). … LG Landon Dickerson (leg) left the game in the first quarter.
Cardinals: Arizona played without K Matt Prater (hip) and starting center Rodney Hudson (knee), who were among the team’s inactives. … RB James Conner (ribs) left the game just before halftime. Two of the team’s backup RBs, Darrel Williams (knee) and Jonathan Ward (hamstring), also left the game in the second half.
Eagles: host the Cowboys next Sunday.
Cardinals: Travel to the Seahawks next Sunday.
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