Redskins Rip Eagles

Timothy Earl December 24, 2014 Comments Off on Redskins Rip Eagles

Washington RedskinsThe Washington Redskins, behind a reinvigorated Robert Griffin III, beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-24, nearly knocking their NFC East rival out of the playoffs at a delirious FedEx Field.

The Eagles (9-6) helped Washington by committing 13  penalties for a season-high 102 yards, some of which extended Washington scoring drives while their usually reliable kicker, Cody Parkey, who was 29-31 entering the game, missed two make-able field goals.

The winning drive was set up by a Bashaud Breeland interception which gave the Redskins the ball at the 42-yard line with 1:31 to play in the game. Griffin then drove the team 50 yards in six plays to set up a Kai Forbath 26-yard game-winning field goal with five seconds to play in the game. Washington then survived a jump ball in the end zone, the pass knocked to the ground as the Redskins were finally able to snap a six game losing streak while improving to (4-11).

The whole Washington team seemed revived and Griffin, who went 16-23 for 220 yards and one interception, only took two sacks and  appeared to play with more confidence in this game.

The Redskins got off to a good start when linebacker Ryan Kerrigan stripped Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez ( 37-50, 374 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) on the first series of the game, giving his team the ball near midfield on his fumble recovery. The turnover led to a Washington field goal and an early 3-0 with 6:04 to play in the first quarter.

The Eagles answered with a LeSean McCoy (22 rushes, 88 yards, 1 TD) 11-yard touchdown run giving his team a 7-3 lead. Griffin responded with a 51-yard pass to DeSean Jackson (four catches, 126 yards)  which set up a 28-yard Alfred Morris (21 rushes, 83 yards, 1 TD) touchdown run to give Washington a 10-7 lead.

The Washington defense which gave up 495 yards, then let the Eagles off the hook twice, giving up a third and 25 and a third and 15 which allowed the Eagles to score a touchdown right before the half and take a 14-10 lead into the break.

The Redskins caught a break when Eagles kicker Parkey missed a 34-yard  field goal that was setup  by an Andre Roberts fumble on the opening kickoff of the third quarter. RGIII then moved the team into scoring position, but a stalled touchdown drive was kept alive by a roughing the passer penalty which gave Washington a first and goal. Derrel Young took it in from there to give Washington a 17-14 lead with 6:46 to play in the third quarter.

The Eagles drove into scoring position again but Parkey missed his second field goal. Griffin then hit Jackson with a 55-yard pass completion moving the ball into scoring position. A pass interference call on a pass to Jackson in the end zone gave Washington a first and goal. Young scored again on a one-yard run giving Washington a 24-14 lead with 26 seconds to play in the third quarter.

The Eagles came back with a Sanchez to  Riley Cooper (five catches, 53 yards, 2 TDs)  16-yard touchdown pass cutting the Washington lead to 24-21. Griffin then went deep once too often to Jackson and the Eagles intercepted the pass.  The Washington defense held the high-powered Eagles offense to 22-yard field goal making the score 24-24 with 6:17 to play in the game.

The Eagles had one last chance to win the game and keep their slim playoff hopes alive but Breeland had other ideas. He intercepted Sanchez to set up the game-winning drive on the 42-yard line. A catch and run by wideout Pierre Garcon moved Washington into scoring position. A roughing the passer penalty moved the ball to the 20-yard line. A few Washington running plays milked the clock and Forbath was brought in with five seconds to play to boot the winning field goal.

Eagles receiver Zach Ertz set a franchise record with 15 catches for 115 yards.

After the ball sailed through the uprights and the Sanchez heave to the end zone was batted down, Redskin coach Jay Gruden was seen smiling on the sidelines finally able to experience some late season joy in his first year as Washington’s head coach.