LANDOVER, Md. – He had been so good, so nearly perfect for 14 games. But on Saturday, placekicker Cody Parkey missed two field goals, both wide right by a couple of inches each and both in the third quarter and after each miss Washington went right down the field for touchdowns to give Washington a 10-point lead on the way to a 27-24 win at FedEx Field.
"No excuse," Parkey said. "I can't tell you what went wrong. I just mishit the ball and they didn't go in. I just left my hips open a little bit and missed them wide right."
Parkey's first miss came from 34 yards, a chip shot for a kicker who made 29 of 31 of his field-goal attempts through 14 games. The Eagles had recovered an Andre Roberts fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half and had a 14-10 lead and the ball at Washington's 16-yard line. But three plays failed to gain a first down, and Parkey came on for what has been an easy field goal in his rookie season.
Not this time. He hit it solid, but the ball sailed past the right upright.
Washington took over on its 24-yard line and moved 66 yards down the field on 12 plays, scoring on a Darrel Young 1-yard run up the gut to give Washington a 17-14 advantage.
The Eagles tried to respond offensively. Quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offense reached the Washington 28-yard line, but a LeSean McCoy run on third-and-1 failed to get the first down, and Parkey came on with a 46-yard field goal attempt to tie the game. He missed inches to the right of the upright.
And then Washington struck in lightning-fast efficiency. The key play was a 55-yard completion from quarterback Robert Griffin III to wide receiver DeSean Jackson that gave Washington a first down at the Philadelphia 13-yard line. A couple of plays later, safety Nate Allen was penalized for interfering Jackson in the end zone and Washington had a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Young ran behind the left guard on the next play and Washington led, 24-14 at the end of the third quarter.
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The Eagles came roaring back and Parkey made a 22-yard field goal from the right hash mark to tie the game at 24-24 late in the fourth quarter.
But it was Kai Forbath who won the game at the end with a field goal, not Parkey, after Sanchez threw an interception and Washington drove 50 yards on six plays to win the game.
"I would have loved a chance at the end to win it, but it didn't happen," Parkey said. "I missed the ones I missed and it cost us."