A 49-yard pass play from quarterback Nick Foles to running back LeSean McCoy down the right sideline put the Eagles in scoring position late in the first quarter, a rare big offensive play early in Sunday's game, which the Eagles led 7-0 after one quarter.
The first time the Eagles and Redskins played, the Eagles burst out of the gates with an offensive explosion.
Not so on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The offense took a few minutes to get going, and the Eagles managed just 17 yards of offense in one possession.
Meanwhile, the Redskins moved the football, but produced no points. Washington moved the ball for 64 yards. But some big plays on defense kept Washington down.
Najee Goode, starting at linebacker in place of Mychal Kendricks, had a sack of quarterback Robert Griffin III for a loss of 6 yards. Brandon Graham had a tackle for a loss of 3 yards against running back Alfred Morris. Linebacker Connor Barwin had a pass knockdown to end Washington's first drive. And cornerback Roc Carmichael broke up a third-and-2 pass intended for wide receiver Santana Moss.
It was a tentative start for both teams. The Eagles kept Griffin bottled up early -- he completed 1 of 3 passes for 1 yard on his first two possessions -- and Morris gained 35 yards on 9 carries. Griffin ran 3 times for 23 yards.
Then the Eagles took over on their 32-yard line and the offense started cooking. Foles completed a 15-yard pass to tight end Zach Ertz, and then Foles lofted a pass to McCoy, who ran a wheel route against linebacker Ryan Kerrigan -- and McCoy made the catch and ran all the way to the 4-yard line.
Foles threw the ball out of the end zone on first down, but then faked an inside handoff to McCoy and made his way around the right edge into the end zone, beating a tackle by defensive back Brandon Merriweather.
The quarter ended with the Eagles at the Washington 43-yard line with a first-and-10 situation.