Eagles Hold Off Redskins’ Comeback; Win 24-16
Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Eagles were able to hold off a furious comeback by the Washington Redskins to win by a final score of 24-16 this afternoon. Washington scored 16 points in the fourth quarter and had a very good drive going with a chance to tie, but the Eagles defense came up strong and got the game-winning top. This loss continues what has been a very disappointing season for the Redskins, and it could very well be the final blow to their playoff chances.
Robert Griffin III wound up having a decent game, but struggled until the fourth quarter for the most part. He put up 264 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception through the air and also had 44 rushing yards. Griffin looked much more comfortable running the football and was very smart with his slides as well. Alfred Morris led the way on the ground for the ‘Skins with 92 yards on 22 carries. Pierre Garcon (six catches, 68 yard), Darrel Young (one catch, 62 yards, TD), and Aldrick Robinson (two catches, 60 yards, TD) all had big days through the air for Washington.
Nick Foles had a big game for the Eagles, but didn’t throw a touchdown pass or an interception. He totaled 298 yards and completed 17-26 passes. Once again, he was able to make big plays down the field while taking care of the football. LeSean McCoy had a big game on the ground, racking up 77 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He did scare Eagles fans when he went down clutching his hamstring and did not return in the first half, but he returned and looked just fine in the second half. McCoy also caught four passes for 73 yards in the win for Philadelphia. DeSean Jackson led the way for the Eagles in receiving, catching four passes for 82 yards.
This is a very big win for the Eagles who are trying to take control of the NFC East. Their defense has been improving each game and the offense has found itself with Nick Foles leading the way. Washington’s playoff hopes are practically over with today’s loss and it has been an incredibly disappointing year after their playoff appearance last season.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.