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First-Quarter Recap: Eagles Trail 10-7

LANDOVER, Md. –Washington led the Eagles 10-7 after the first quarter on Saturday at FedEx Field as big plays hurt the Eagles.

Trailing 7-3, Washington drove 80 yards in three plays -- a 51-yard completion to DeSean Jackson against Bradley Fletcher the big one that set up Alfred Morris for a 28-yard touchdown run to cap the drive.

Jackson ran a go route against cornerback Bradley Fletcher and Fletcher couldn't stay with Jackson in single coverage. The Eagles had no pass rush against quarterback Robert Griffin III and Jackson reeled in the throw to reach the Philadelphia 28-yard line. One play later, Morris ran to right side of the Eagles defense and got to the edge, and then into the open, to reach the end zone.

Washington earlier used an Eagles turnover to go up by a field goal.

Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff to the 24-yard line and then Mark Sanchez threw to tight end Zach Ertz for 6 yards on first down. LeSean McCoy ran for 2 yards on second down and then Sanchez went back to Ertz for 5 yards on a crossing route for a first down at the 37-yard line.

McCoy ran for 3 yards on first down, but then the Eagles jumped early for a false-start penalty, making it second and 12. A short throw to Darren Sproles at the 40-yard line was on target, but Sproles dropped the pass.

Sanchez threw right for 22 yards to Jeremy Maclin to reach the Washingtonn 43-yard line for a first down. A pass attempt to Sproles was incomplete and then McCoy lost 4 yards on second down. On third and 14, end Ryan Kerrigan beat Lane Johnson around the edge and got to Sanchez, stripping the football and forcing a fumble. Kerrigan recovered at the Philadelphia 47-yard line.

Morris gained 7 yards running right on first down. Griffin threw to Jackson running a quick out patter for a game of 7 yards to the 33-yard line.

Griffin then converted a third-and-7 play with a completion over the middle to Andre Roberts to reach the 16-yard line, a gain of 14 yards. The Eagles held from there, but cornerback Cary Williams was penalized for illegal contact after the play was over and Washington had a first and goal at the Philadelphia 8-yard line.

Morris was stopped for no gain running right on first down. Griffin ran on second down for 1 yard as the Eagles had great coverage in the end zone and on third and goal, Malcolm Jenkins broke up a pass and nearly intercepted a throw intended for Pierre Garcon.

Washington settled for a 25-yard field goal from Kai Forbath to lead 3-0 with 6:04 to go in the first quarter. Washington drove 40 yards on 12 plays to take the lead.

The Eagles answered with an impressive drive, going 79 yards on 10 plays and consuming 4 minutes and 15 seconds off the clock. McCoy scored on an 11-yard run to the right side and after Cody Parkey's PAT, the Eagles led 7-3 with 1:49 to go in the quarter.

The Eagles gained 4 first downs on the drive and kept Washington off balance. It was a balanced drive, with McCoy carrying 5 times for 31 yards and the score. Sanchez moved the football around, completing all four of his passes for 40 yards. 

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