It was a heartbreaker in Philadelphia, as the Eagles dropped a close one to the Redskins by a final score of 27-22 on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia started off strong, scoring a field goal on its opening drive and immediately forcing a three-and-out on defense. Even the first mistake of the afternoon, a Carson Wentz end zone interception with 4:33 remaining in the first quarter, didn't derail the team. The defense stood tall, holding Washington to a field goal attempt. However, the Redskins failed to put points on the board as the 38-yard kick hit the left upright and bounced wide.
The Eagles' defense successfully kept Washington off the board until 4:11 was left on the clock in the second quarter. The Redskins grabbed the first touchdown of the game on a 22-yard Rob Kelley run and took a 7-6 lead. But the Eagles fought back and 32 seconds before halftime, Darren Sproles found the end zone. His 4-yard touchdown reception put Philadelphia up 13-7 as both teams headed to the locker room.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, injuries began piling up in the second half – key ones at that. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos (right wrist) was taken in for X-rays and without Dorenbos, Brent Celek had to fill in on an Eagles field goal attempt in the third quarter. The snap was low, keeping Caleb Sturgis from ever attempting the kick. Celek later left the game with a stinger. Additionally, Allen Barbre exited with a hamstring injury, leaving the offensive line down yet another starter.
After an 80-yard DeSean Jackson touchdown and a 15-yard Pierre Garcon touchdown in the third had Philadelphia trailing, 21-13, the Eagles' defense came up with the play it needed. Leodis McKelvin picked off quarterback Kirk Cousins and returned the interception 29 yards for six. The team attempted a two-point conversion but was not successful, leaving the Eagles trailing by two.
Shortly after a big defensive stop, Philadelphia was hit with another injury, one that lit a fire under the team. Fielding a punt, Sproles was hit hard by cornerback Deshazor Everett, who intercepted Wentz in the end zone and also injured Celek on an earlier punt, and remained down. Sproles exited the game to be evaluated for a head injury, but that drive, the Eagles' offense was able to move into field goal territory. With Dorenbos and Celek both out, Trey Burton came in as the long snapper. His snap was high, but Donnie Jones brought it down in time for Sturgis to connect on the 41-yard attempt and give the Eagles a 22-21 lead with 4:59 left in the game.
Washington answered with an eight-play, 77-yard scoring drive though, adding six more to the board with a 25-yard touchdown run off a pitch by running back Chris Thompson. A failed two-point conversion made it, 27-22, in favor of the Redskins with 1:53 to play in the game.
That would be the final as the clock wound down to zero. The Eagles' offense managed to work its way down to the Washington 14-yard line, but Matt Tobin, filling in for Allen Barbre at right tackle due to a hamstring injury, was beat by Washington's Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan sacked Wentz, forcing the quarterback to fumble the ball with just 21 seconds left in the game. It was recovered by the Redskins, ending any hopes of a Philadelphia victory.
As a whole on the afternoon, Wentz finished 32-of-46 for 314 yards, a touchdown, an interception and an 86.7 passer rating. The team's leading receiver was tight end Zach Ertz, who proved to be a reliable target for his quarterback, finishing with 10 catches for 112 yards. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews had eight catches for 79 yards after missing last week's game due to an ankle injury. Burton had seven catches for 65 yards. Ryan Mathews returned from a knee injury to finish with 60 yards on 15 carries.
For Washington, Cousins ended the game 14-of-21 for 234 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 116.0 passer rating, which was enough to help his team leave Philadelphia with a W.
The Eagles hosted the Washington Redskins in their first NFC East showdown at home this season. Washington came away with the win in a close 27-22 finish.