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December 20, 2015

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Cardinals game

Aaaaaaand there's the team that lost three straight horrific games to the Dolphins, Buccaneers and Lions earlier this season. As always, win or lose, we hand out 10 awards:

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1) The Piggyback Award: Byron Maxwell

Cardinals star tight end Darren Fells caught a pass and ran 20 yards with Byron Maxwell draped on his back the same way I carry my 3-year-old daughter at the amusement park.

Byron Maxwell piggyback

2) The Olé Award: The Eagles' tackling

There was this:

And this:

And plenty of other tackling awfulness.

3) The Milestone Award: Marcus Smith

Against the Saints this season, Marcus Smith had the first tackle assist of his career. Against the Patriots, Smith had the first solo tackle of his career, on special teams. Tonight against the Cardinals, Smith not only had the first solo tackle of his career playing on the regular defense, he also had his first half-sack. This has truly been a magical season for No. 90.

Marcus final

4) The Broken Record Award: Me, in these 10 awards posts

It seems like after every Eagles loss, we say, "Still only a game out of first place!" Welp...

 NFC EastGB 

5) The James Mungro Award: David Johnson

You know how semi-obscure players destroy the Eagles? Like James Mungro with the Colts like a decade ago? Or James Starks before anyone knew who he was in the playoffs against the Packers? Well, this will forever be known by me as the David Johnson game: 29 carries, 187 yards, 3 TD, to go with 4 catches on 4 targets for 42 yards.

6) The 'Take THAT!' Award: Larry Fitzgerald

Here were Larry Fitzgerald's numbers against the Eagles throughout his career:

 Larry Fitzgerald vs EaglesRec Yards YPC TD 
 200591 18.6 
 200865 13.0 
 2008 (playoffs)152 16.9 
 2011146 20.9 
 2012114 12.7 
 201372 14.4 
 2014160 22.9 
 TOTAL47 800 17.0 11 

On Sunday night: 3 catches, 43 yards, 0 TD. Boom. How does it feel to be dominated, Larry?

7) The 40 Burger Award: The Eagles' defense

For the majority of the season, the Eagles defense has actually been good. But when they're bad, they're reeeeeaaaally bad. Sunday night was the third time this season the Eagles got 40 burgered.

  1. 45-17 vs the Buccaneers
  2. 45-14 vs the Lions
  3. 40-17 vs the Cardinals


8) The 'He was good! No he wasn't! Yes he was!' Award: Sam Bradford

Sammy Sleeves made some really nice throws against the Cardinals. He took a shot while throwing from deep in his own end zone to Josh Huff for a first down. He had great ball placement on a throw down the seam to Brent Celek. He dropped one in the bucket to a streaking Jordan Matthews down the field (although Matthews was wide open).

But those two picks... Yeesh. Sammy Sleeves, what were you looking at on those interceptions?

Sammy itch

9) The Missing in Action Award: DeMarco Murray

2 carries, 3 yards.

DeMarco Murray

10) The Better Team Award: The Cardinals

The Cardinals had one penalty and no turnovers. They have a wide assortment of weapons on offense, a good quarterback, and a defense that makes plays. That is what a good team looks like. The Eagles are not that.

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