The Arizona Cardinals’ Week 8 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles had pretty much everything a fan could ask for.
A pair of NFC powers battling for league supremacy. A key player getting knocked out of the game with an injury. Turnovers. Defensive stands. Big scoring plays.
In fact, Arizona’s 24-20 victory was so entertaining, NFL.com ranked it as the eighth-best game played in the 2014 season.
Every year there is a sneakily good game buried somewhere in the middle of the season. This past year that game was Eagles at Cardinals. Our eighth top game of 2014 was hard-fought, came down to the wire and was ultimately decided by the greatest catch this side of Odell Beckham Jr.
Eagles QB Nick Foles threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns, but was also picked off twice. Carson Palmer, Arizona’s passer, threw for 329 yards and two scores.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald led his team with seven catches for 160 yards and one score, while Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin caught 12 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
But their efforts, while excellent, were not the most lasting memory from the affair.
No, what people will remember is John Brown’s game-winning 75-yard touchdown catch, which came with less than two minutes remaining on a perfectly-thrown ball from Palmer.
Palmer’s ball dropped from the sky and everything seemed to slow down …except Brown. Those watching at the stadium and on television must have wondered for a split second if Brown would catch up to Palmer’s heave. As that thought crossed our minds, Brown crossed the screen even faster, catching Palmer’s bomb over his shoulder as if he were Willie Mays and Vic Wertz had just hit a deep drive to center in the ’54 Series.
It looked like this, courtesy of TheBigLead.com: