The Eagles traveled to Washington to face their NFC East rivals in a crucial Week 16 showdown. Making the affair much more special, is that it's Saturday afternoon football ...
LANDOVER, Md. –** Gifted with an incredible opportunity to take a commanding lead, the Eagles faltered early in the third quarter, only to see Washington outscore them 14-0 in the third quarter to take a 24-14 lead entering the final stanza.
On the first play of the third quarter, Washington returner Andre Roberts had the ball pried loose by Malcolm Jenkins. Nolan Carroll II recovered the fumble for the Eagles, who were set up inside the red zone with a chance to stretch their 14-10 lead.
But the offense would go three-and-out and then stand on the sidelines as Cody Parkey missed a 34-yard field goal.
To Washington's credit, they took full advantage of the Eagles' mistake as they would then drive the ball down the field for a touchdown, traveling 76 yards on 12 plays. The key to the Washington drive came on a borderline roughing the passer call on Brandon Graham that would have forced a field goal attempt. Later, Vinny Curry was called for a similarly iffy penalty which gave Washington the ball on the 1-yard-line. Fullback Darrel Young plunged in for the Washington score.
The offense then moved the ball downfield, only to stall again. This time, the Eagles were unable to pick up a 3rd-and-1 from the Washington 28-yard-line. Rather than go for it on fourth down, head coach Chip Kelly elected to have Cody Parkey attempt a 46-yard field goal. The kicker pushed the attempt wide right, for his second miss of the night.
On the ensuing Washington possession, Robert Griffin tossed a 55-yard deep completion to DeSean Jackson, who ran past Bradley Fletcher for his second long catch of the night. Two plays later, Nate Allen was called for pass interference on Jackson in the end zone, setting up another 1-yard touchdown run for Young, giving Washington a 24-13 lead.
Mark Sanchez – 21-of-29 for 220 yards, one touchdown and a 105.5 quarterback rating
Robert Griffin III – 12-of-17 for 190 yards and a 107.5 quarterback rating
LeSean McCoy – 18 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, two catches for 17 yards
Darren Sproles – Three carries for 20 yards, four catches for 32 yards
Alfred Morris – 14 carries for 63 yards
Zach Ertz – Seven catches for 50 yards
Jeremy Maclin – Three catches for 44 yards
DeSean Jackson – Four catches for 126 yards