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Eagles Punch Ticket To Postseason With Win Over Redskins

The Eagles took care of business in their final game of the regular season, shutting out Washington at FedEx Field, 24-0.

And thanks to Chicago, the Eagles are playoff bound.

With the Eagles' win and Minnesota's 24-10 loss to Chicago, the Eagles leap into NFC's sixth seed and qualify for the postseason as a Wild Card.

Nick Foles finished the game 28-of-33 passing for 221 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He tied the NFL record for consecutive completions with 25.

Foles did, however, leave the game early in the fourth quarter after a hit on third down to his chest and did not return. Nate Sudfeld came in for the final two possessions.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery led the way with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Agholor added five receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams ran for 53 and 50 yards, respectively.

The Eagles' defense got the ski masks out right away, as on the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Josh Johnson rolled away from pressure and threw an errant pass into the hands of cornerback Rasul Douglas. The Eagles returned the favor, however, as a promising drive ended with a Foles pick in Washington territory.

After both teams combined for three straight three-and-outs, the Eagles opened the scoring with a Jake Elliott 33-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter.

The Eagles forced another three-and-out and then embarked on a 19-play, 87-yard drive that took up 11:49. The drive included a trio third-down conversions and a fourth-down conversion. It culminated with a tough 2-yard touchdown reception by Jeffery that gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead at the half. The drive was the longest in terms of plays and time by the Eagles since 1999.

After the Eagles and Redskins traded short possessions to begin the second half, the Eagles marched again. This time, it was a 13-play drive that took up eight minutes. This drive ended with a 2-yard Agholor touchdown reception.

The teams then traded scoreless drives. After the Eagles' three-and-out, Foles was taken to the locker room with a chest injury. He said after the game that he is optimistic regarding his status for next week.

The Eagles got the ball back after a Fletcher Cox strip-sack, which opened the door for Nate Sudfeld, a former Washington draft pick, to enter the game. Cox finished with three sacks to notch 10.5 for the season.

The Eagles used the ground game to get into the red zone on the ensuing possession. On second-and-10 from the Washington 22, Sudfeld's first pass took Agholor into the end zone for his second touchdown of the game to give the visitors a 24-0 lead. It was also Sudfeld's first career touchdown throw.

The Redskins couldn't muster much more offense and the defense closed out the Eagles' first shutout since a 27-0 win over the New York Giants back on October 12, 2014. The Eagles dominated time of possession, holding the ball an astounding 43:19 to Washington's 16:41. The Eagles also outgained Washington in total yardage, 360-89.

This year's wild season will have another chapter. The red-hot Eagles have now won five of their six games and will travel to Chicago to take on the Bears next weekend in the NFC Wild Card round. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 4:40 p.m.

Check out the best photos from the Eagles' Week 17 game against Washington.

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