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.
“I have a lot of different responsibilities, getting used to that,” said Cole, who along with Graham was switched from defensive end to linebacker in Davis’ 3-4 system. “Hard work pays off. Keep your head straight, work hard, stay humble, you’ll get it done.”
Down 24-7 after Foles threw a 24-yard TD pass to Ertz on the first series in the third quarter, the Cardinals rallied. Palmer tossed a 23-yard TD pass to Floyd to cut it to 24-14 on the next series.
A holding penalty on Kurt Coleman negated DeSean Jackson’s 54-yard punt return for a score early in the fourth.
Palmer then threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jim Dray to get the Cardinals within a field goal at 24-21 with 4:45 left.
“We learned a lot of lessons today, what playoff atmosphere is on the road and how to overcome it, how to handle it when bad things happen,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.
Foles drove the Eagles 78 yards late in the second quarter, tossing a 1-yard TD pass to Brent Celek to make it 17-7 before halftime. A 28-yard pass interference penalty on Jerraud Powers put the ball at the 1.