Washington Redskins traveled to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, and came away with the sweep over their division rivals in a 27-22 victory. This was a critical win to remain right in the middle of the playoff hunt, as the Skins improve to 7-5-1.
Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis started the game off with the first two scores on a 45 and 36-yard field goal, but Philadelphia’s kicking wasn’t enough to overcome Washington’s explosive offense.
With star TE Jordan Reed still not 100% recovered from his shoulder injury, Kirk Cousins distributed the ball evenly and effectively for what may have been Washington’s most well rounded offensive performance all year.
The Skins’ first touchdown came in the second quarter on a 22-yard run by RB Rob Kelley, who finished the day with 63 rushing yards and added another 25 receiving yards on two catches.
Next, it was the always-reliable passing game that tacked the next two on the board. After recording his first catch for just one yard on the first play of the second half, DeSean Jackson looked like he was going to have a forgettable game in his former team’s home stadium.
Then, Cousins dialed in for a long heave right on the money. D-Jax took off, roasting his lone defender for an 80-yard TD. It was vintage Jackson, who went off for 102 yards on three receptions and the score in his old stomping ground.
After Jackson, Cousins connected with WR Pierre Garcon in the waning seconds of the third quarter. That comfortable lead didn’t last long when CB Leodis McKelvin stole a huge pick six at the start of the fourth quarter to pull the Eagles within two, followed by a third field goal by Caleb Sturgis to put Philadelphia up by one.
The Eagles’ lead was disappeared as soon as fast as it appeared. On the next drive at the two-minute warning, Chris Thompson took the ball to the house for the 25-yard TD.
Ryan Kerrigan snuffed out the Eagles’ hopes of a last minute comeback, blasting Carson Wentz to force a fumble that was recovered by Trent Williams got to effectively end the game for a thrilling Washington win.
It was a hard-fought win and collective effort that proves why the Redskins are legitimate playoff contenders.