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. --** It hasn't always been pretty, but the Eagles enter the half with a 14-10 lead after two quarters of play against Washington in an all-important Week 16 game. The Eagles surrendered the lead to Washington twice in the first half only to bounce back and regain the edge.
Trailing 10-7 to start the second quarter, the Eagles were forced to punt after Mark Sanchez was sacked by rookie Washington pass rusher Jackson Jeffcoat. After a short Donnie Jones punt, Washington was set up on the edge of Eagles' territory. They would advance as far as the Eagles' 31 before Robert Griffin III was sacked by Mychal Kendricks on 2nd-and-9 to set up an eventual punt. The sack was Kendricks' fourth of the season, a career high.
Beginning from their own 7-yard-line, the Eagles would then embark on the half's most important and extended drive. Over the course of 14 plays and 7:04 of game time, the Eagles traveled 93 yards for a touchdown to take the 14-10 lead.
The touchdown drive included two huge first downs on third-and-long. First, Sanchez bided time on a 3rd-and-25 from the Eagles' 40 before completing a 26-yard pass to Jordan Matthews. Later, on 3rd-and-16 from the Washington 40, Sanchez toss a quick screen to Darren Sproles, who followed outstanding blocks by Jason Peters and Jason Kelce to pick up 18 yards and a first down. The Eagles would score the touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from the 3-yard-line on a slant to Riley Cooper.
Keeping their foot on the throat of the home team, the Eagles defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, setting the Eagles up on their own 17-yard-line on the other side of the two minute warning.
After a few successive first downs, the Eagles would stall on the Washington 41-yard-line and would be forced to punt to set up one final kneel down for Washington.
Washington will receive the ball to begin the second half.
Mark Sanchez – 17-of-23 for 172 yards, one touchdown and a 109.3 quarterback rating
Robert Griffin III – 7-of-12 for 95 yards and an 83.7 quarterback rating
LeSean McCoy – 13 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, one catch for 18 yards
Darren Sproles – Three carries for 20 yards, four catches for 32 yards
Alfred Morris – Eight carries for 42 yards
Zach Ertz – Six catches for 39 yards
Jeremy Maclin – Three catches for 44 yards
DeSean Jackson – Two catches for 58 yards