By Troy Jefferson
It wasn’t the Washington Redskins best performance but it got the job done. The Redskins (9-6) are a win away from taking the division after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles (4-11) 27-20.
The game got off to a bad start as the Eagles marched down the field for a touchdown taking eleven plays. Jeremy Maclin capped off the opening possession with a 27-yard touchdown. The score stood for a quarter before Kai Forbath hit back-to-back field goals.
Forbath had another perfect outing today and set the NFL record for consecutive field goals made to start a career. The Redskins forced two turnovers in the first half and scored ten points off of them. Robert Griffin connected with Josh Morgan for an eleven- yard touchdown and gave the Redskins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Philadelphia was able to put points on the board at the end of the half with an Alex Henery field goal.
The score was 13-10 to start the third quarter and the Redskins received the ball. Alfred Morris and company put together a five-play 72-yard drive that resulted in a Morris ten yard touchdown. The rookie running back finished with 91 rushing yards on 22 carries and had a catch for 17 yards.
Philadelphia had to settle for another field goal on the next possession making the score 20-13. Washington has done a great job during the win streak of holding the opposition to field goals as opposed to touchdowns.
RG3 threw in my opinion his best pass of the season when he hit Santana Moss in the end zone on a crucial third down. The Redskins were up by two touchdowns going into the fourth but the lead would not be safe. Griffin threw his first interception since Thanksgiving when he airmailed a pass to Josh Morgan. Philadelphia capitalized on the turnover and scored
on a Dion Lewis touchdown run. Washington got the ball back with about nine minutes left and was able to cut four minutes off the clock before punting. With the season on the line the Redskins would have to hold Philly from a game-tying touchdown. The Eagles put together a 16-play 75-yard drive but a Nick Foles’ intentional grounding kept the Redskins’ playoff hopes alive.
GAME MVP(s): Chris Cooley (fan favorite/long time Skins TE caught first pass of the season, Kai Forbath (2/2 on field goals), Alfred Morris (91 rushing yards, TD)
Moving Forward: The Redskins welcome their rival Dallas Cowboys (8-7) to FedEx Field to decide the NFC East division