All eyes were on the Washington Redskins and quarterback, Robert Griffin III as the rookie showed the ability to play through pain and help his team gut out a tough victory. Philadelphia showed early and often that they were willing to try anything and everything to win this divisional rivalry. The Eagles (4 – 11) rookie quarterback Nick Foles made his share of big plays, but the Redskins (9 -6) played slightly better and moved closer to a divisional title.
On the Redskins first drive, RGIII pulled up gingerly after heading out of bounds on an option run. It was clear that he was not at 100% the whole game. Griffin III keyed the Redskins in the first half with some stellar passing and the Redskins were helped by a few Eagles turnovers as well. RGIII totaled only 4-yards rushing in the game, a sign that he and the coaches did not feel comfortable calling his number to run.
The Redskins went into the locker room with a 13 – 10 lead after a hard fought first half. Washington came out hot to start the second half, finishing their first drive with Alfred Morris punching it in for his 10th touchdown of the season. Griffin III connected with Santana Moss later on in the 3rd quarter on a beautifully thrown pass in the corner of the end zone. The touchdown put the Redskins up 27 – 13 and it looked like the lead was securely in hand for the Redskins.
Philadelphia made it interesting though and cut the lead to 27 – 20 late in the fourth quarter. Nick Foles led the Eagles down to the Redskins 5-yard line with a chance to tie the game, before being called for intentional grounding. The Redskins escaped with the 27 – 20 victory and now must fully focus on the final game of the season versus the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins game versus Dallas has been pushed to prime time on NBC, due to the NFL’s flex scheduling system.
The Redskins have now shown the ability to win big games at home and on the road with two different quarterbacks, pushing their win streak to six games. Nick Foles and the Eagles fought hard, trying to give Andy Reid a win in what could be his final game at home as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles face the struggling New York Giants next week in New York.
Alfred Morris finished with 91 yards and 1 touchdown.
Robert Griffin III finished 16 of 24, 198 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception
Nick Foles finished 32 of 48, 345 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception
The loss to Washington sends the Eagles to 4-11 and possibly signals the end of the Andy Reid era in Philadelphia.
The Redskins remained at number 9 in the NFL power rankings.