How it happened

Score at halftime: Cardinals 24, Eagles 0

Score after third quarter: Cardinals 24, Eagles 6

Net rushing yardage: Eagles 126, Cardinals 99

Gross passing yardage: Eagles 217, Cardinals 22

Penalties-yards: Eagles 5-65, Cardinals 6-60

Time of possession: Eagles 25:27, Cardinals 34:33

Eagles' best number: 2 (field goals by Alex Henery)

Eagles' worst number: 0 (touchdowns scored by the Eagles)

You had to be there

Eagles tight end Brent Celek exchanged a hug and chatted with Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb at midfield about two hours before kickoff. Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson also stopped to talk to Kolb, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Eagles before getting traded to the Cardinals prior to last season.

Three stars

1. Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington (two sacks, two tackles for loss)

2. Cardinals safety James Sanders (93-yard fumble return for touchdown)

3. Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (nine catches, 114 yards, one touchdown)

Turning point

The Eagles had a chance to get on the scoreboard at the end of the first half when they reached the Cardinals' 1-yard line. The momentum quickly shifted when safety Kerry Rhodes forced a fumble while sacking Vick. Cards safety James Sanders scooped it up and used a block by Washington to score and put the Cards ahead 24-0.

Eagles' best play

The Eagles' longest play from scrimmage was Vick's 34-yard pass to Celek in the first quarter. Celek twisted away from safety Rashan Johnson to add a few extra yards.

Eagles' worst play

Rhodes stormed into the backfield untouched on the final play of the first half to jar the ball loose from Vick with a blindside hit. Washington provided a big block against Eagles running back LeSean McCoy at about the 35-yard line during Sanders' fumble return.

Did you notice?

Ex-Cardinal Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was one of the Eagles' co-captains. Kolb was not one of the Cardinals' co-captains. ... Cards cornerback Patrick Peterson lined up at quarterback during the first series and lost 4 yards on a run. ... Defensive end Jason Babin lined up a few yards off the ball over center like a middle linebacker in the first quarter. ... Eagles left tackle Demetress Bell was penalized twice in the first half. ... Rodgers-Cromartie drew a personal-foul penalty by shoving Cards wide receiver Michael Floyd during the fourth quarter.

Parting shots

Rodgers-Cromartie: "It's still a long season. We just have to turn the page and keep fighting."

Rhodes: "We didn't play lights out. We played good, but we didn't play perfect. That just fuels us every week to get better."

David Weinberg, 609-272-7186

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