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Game Recap: Eagles escape Washington with a 37-27 victory!

Another clutch Carson Wentz performance against an NFC East rival.

Another unsung hero who pushed the Eagles closer to a playoff berth.

Wide receiver Greg Ward beat former All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman on a 50/50 ball in the back, left corner of the end zone for his first career touchdown, a 4-yard score, with just 26 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles over Washington 37-27 on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.

With their second straight win, the Eagles improve to 7-7 and remain in control of their postseason plans. If they win their final two games (vs. Dallas, at New York Giants), they will stake claim to the NFC East division title and a home game at Lincoln Financial Field during Wild Card weekend. The Cowboys play the Los Angeles Rams in the late-afternoon slate on Sunday. If the Cowboys lose to the Rams, the Eagles will clinch the NFC East title with a victory over Dallas next Sunday.

(Update: The Cowboys are routing the Rams, so both Dallas and Philadelphia will meet next week with 7-7 records. The Eagles must win next week and then either win in Week 17 or hope Dallas falls at home to Washington).

The Eagles trailed 27-24 with 4:52 remaining in the game after a 43-yard field goal by Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins, his second field goal of the quarter. The Eagles took over at their 25-yard line and marched 75 yards in 11 plays.

Wentz struggled with holding on to the ball in the pocket as he lost one fumble, but he was straight fire on the final offensive drive. He was a perfect 8-of-8 for 70 yards with the touchdown. Wentz finished 30-of-43 for 266 with three touchdowns and a 109.3 QB rating. He extended his NFL-best streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 17. This was Wentz's seventh career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime and sixth coming from behind.

Ward was the only wide receiver with a catch, but he tied Boston Scott for the team lead with seven grabs for 61 yards, both career highs. Ward had four catches for 40 yards on the go-ahead possession. Tight end Zach Ertz tied Ward for the most receiving yards with 61 to go with five catches and a touchdown.

Rookie running back Miles Sanders carried the offense for most of the day with 19 carries for 122 yards, his first career 100-yard rushing performance, and a touchdown. Sanders' 56-yard run on a third-and-11 draw play helped set up Ertz's touchdown grab. He added six catches for 50 yards and a touchdown reception of his own in the back, right corner of the end zone on an absolute laser of a throw from Wentz in the third quarter. Sanders also broke the franchise rookie records for rushing and scrimmage yards in a season during the win.

Washington dropped to 3-11 on the year, but gave the Eagles everything they could hand with a solid showing from rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and a vintage performance by running back Adrian Peterson.

Haskins was 19-of-28 for 261 yards and two touchdowns for a 121.3 QB rating. He wasn't sacked all game long. Fellow rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had five catches for 130 yards and a 75-yard touchdown. In two games against the Eagles this season, McLaurin had 10 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns, with the other a 69-yard grab in the season opener.

Peterson had 66 yards on the ground, including a 10-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter that gave Washington a 21-17 lead.

To the defense's credit, Jim Schwartz's unit kept the Eagles in the game after Wentz lost a fumble that was recovered by Washington at the Eagles' 34-yard line. Washington settled for the Hopkins field goal to make it 27-24 before the Eagles' game-winning drive.

Washington had one last chance after Ward's touchdown. On the final play of the game, with the ball at the Eagles' 42-yard line, Haskins dropped back for a Hail Mary attempt. The Eagles blitzed and pressure from cornerback Avonte Maddox forced Haskins to lateral the ball. Linebacker Nigel Bradham picked up the loose ball and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to pad the score.

The Eagles have won six straight games against Washington, although they needed a second-half comeback in both matchups this season.

Here's a position-by-position recap from today's win:

QB: Carson Wentz was 30-of-43 for 266 yards with three touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 109.3. For the second week in a row, he was at his absolute best in the fourth quarter with the game – and the season – on the line. In the fourth quarter/overtime of the wins over New York and Washington, Wentz completed 28-of-35 (80.0 percent) attempts for 284 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 138.6 passer rating.

RB: Miles Sanders had a record-setting day. He set the franchise rookie records for most scrimmage yards (1,120) and rushing yards (687) in a season. He also posted a career-high 122 yards on the ground, his first 100-yard rushing performance and the first by any Eagle since LeGarrette Blount against the Chargers in 2017. If that's not enough, Sanders also chipped in 50 receiving yards.

Boston Scott had 65 yards from scrimmage, including a third-down conversion that aided the third-quarter drive that ended with Wentz's touchdown pass to Sanders.

WR: It was all Greg Ward, who had seven receptions on nine targets for 61 yards and the game-winning touchdown. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had two targets, but no receptions. Robert Davis had no targets in his Eagles debut.

TE: Ertz had another strong performance with five catches for 61 yards and the touchdown. Dallas Goedert had a gorgeous one-handed grab for 20 yards on the go-ahead drive. He finished with five catches for 55 yards.

OL: Wentz was sacked twice, and lost the ball three times (fortunately only once was it recovered by Washington). There is something to be said for the fact that the Eagles had four drives of 10-or-more plays and dominated the time of possession battle 36:57 to 23:03.

Run defense: Washington gained 101 yards paced by Adrian Peterson's 66. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry on 16 attempts and scored a 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 21-17 Washington at the time. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a key third-down run for 23 yards on that touchdown drive.

Pass defense: The rookie Terry McLaurin's two best performances of the year have come against the Eagles. He had 130 yards receiving and a touchdown on five receptions (five targets). Cornerback Avonte Maddox missed a tackle on a 75-yard catch-and-run score by McLaurin. Maddox made up for it with a well-timed blitz on the game's final play that forced Haskins to chuck the ball and it was picked up by linebacker Nigel Bradham and returned for a score.

Haskins finished 19-of-28 for 261 yards with two touchdowns and a 121.3 quarterback rating. Wide receiver Steven Sims had the other touchdown to end the game with 45 yards on five receptions. He also had a couple of costly drops. Known Eagles nemesis Chris Thompson had 26 receiving yards.

Special teams: Sims had 89 kickoff return yards on three attempts, with two big returns in the fourth quarter. Kicker Jake Elliott made his one field goal attempt. Punter Cameron Johnston had just three punts, but two inside the 20-yard line. One thing the Eagles will need to shore up is decision-making on punt returns as that cost the team hidden yards on Sunday.

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