- Associated Press - Sunday, December 1, 2013

PHILADELPHIA —  With Nick Foles leading the way, the Philadelphia Eagles have charged into the playoff picture.

Foles threw three touchdown passes and a tough defense at the end helped the Eagles hold on for a 24-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The Eagles (7-5) won their fourth straight game to remain tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. They’re 5-1 when Foles starts.

“Big thing for Nick is his experience,” coach Chip Kelly said. “He’s getting better and better and making good decisions. We trust him because he’s a good decision-maker. You’re starting to see him grow.”

Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three TD passes, but also had two interceptions and lost a fumble as the Cardinals (7-5) had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Foles picked up where he left off in November, when he was the NFC’s Player of the Month and tied an NFL record with seven TDs in a game. The second-year pro finished 21 of 34 for 237 yards against a defense that came in ranked eighth in the league.

Making just his 12th career start, Foles set a team record for most passes without an interception (233), breaking Michael Vick’s mark of 224 set in 2010. He also moved within one TD pass of tying Peyton Manning’s record of 20 TD passes and zero interceptions to start a season.

But Foles got away with one against Arizona. He was intercepted by Patrick Peterson at the Philadelphia 43 late in the fourth only to have the play negated by a holding penalty on Tyrann Mathieu.

“It wasn’t a smart decision. It was a mistake,” Foles said. “I was happy there was a penalty. I was off-balance and threw across the middle. That’s a no-no.”

Zach Ertz had two TD catches, LeSean McCoy ran for 79 yards and the Eagles continued their worst-to-first push. They were 4-12 last season in Andy Reid’s last year as coach.

The Cardinals took over at their 10 with 2:08 left. But Palmer misfired on third-and-5, and Bradley Fletcher knocked down a pass to Michael Floyd on fourth down.

“We had a chance to win it, multiple opportunities to make plays,” Palmer said. “You can’t come into a place like this and play against a good team in front of a crowd like this and not win that battle.”

In a game featuring two defensive coordinators going against former teams, Bill Davis’ unit outplayed Todd Bowles’ group.

The Eagles have held opponents to 21 points or fewer in eight straight games after giving up an average of 27.5 points per game the first four weeks.

Trent Cole and Brandon Graham each had two sacks for the Eagles, who put Palmer down five times.

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