The Eagles open up their NFC East slate by hosting Washington at Lincoln Financial Field ...
Jason Peters didn't think. He just reacted.
When Washington defensive lineman Chris Baker leveled quarterback Nick Foles with a cheap shot following a fourth-quarter interception that was later reversed, Peters did what he's paid to do - protect the quarterback.
"That wasn't scripted or planned. The guy just cheap-shotted Foles and I reacted," Peters said after the Eagles' 37-34 win. "I shouldn't have done what I did. I was just protecting the quarterback."
Peters went after Baker as a huge melee broke out on the field that went into the Washington sideline towards the southeast corner of Lincoln Financial Field. Punches were thrown by both Baker and Peters and the two players were ejected.
The Eagles had already lost center Jason Kelce to an abdominal injury in the third quarter. The re-shuffled offensive line featured Andrew Gardner moving from right tackle to left tackle; Wade Smith making his Eagles debut at left guard; David Molk at center, Dennis Kelly shifting from left guard to right guard and Todd Herremans sliding from right guard to right tackle.
"The backups went in there and took care of business," Peters said. "I was just hoping we won. I wasn't trying to hurt my team. I know I need to be out there. I'm glad we won."
The Eagles managed to tack on 10 more points following Peters' departure with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Jeremy Maclin and a 51-yard field goal by Cody Parkey. For good measure, the Eagles did not allow a single sack one week after Washington posted 10 sacks against Jacksonville.
"We didn't give up any today. We'll take that," Peters said. "The quarterback is going to get hit at some point, but we're trying to hold him up as much as we can."