The Cards on Sunday converted a 3rd-and-9 for a touchdown, a 3rd-and-12 from deep in their own territory and a 3rd-and-20 for a touchdown.

This drives Billy Davis crazy.

Those are downs where the Eagles should be stopping people. Not letting Carson Palmer throw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd on 3rd-and-9, letting Palmer hit on a 12-yard pass to Floyd on a 3rd-and-12, not letting Palmer toss a 43-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerlad on a ridiculous 3rd-and-20.

“It's upsetting, to be honest with you,” said Davis, the Eagles’ defensive coordinator.

The Eagles hung on to beat the Cards 24-21 Sunday despite allowing the Cards to convert three long third downs.

They won the game, but the issue remains: The Eagles are giving up way too much on 3rd-and-long.

Fitzgerald’s 43-yard TD on a 3rd-and-20 was particularly frustrating. It was the longest play against the Eagles on a 3rd-and-20 or longer in 13 years -- since Jeff George hit a 50-yard pass to James Thrash for the Redskins on a 3rd-and-21 back in 2000.

The game Sunday was the Eagles’ first in which they allowed two touchdowns on 3rd-and-9 or longer in at least 15 years, or as far back as available records go.

Not surprisingly, the Eagles rank well below average this year in virtually every 3rd-and-long situation.