The Washington Redskins lose a heartbreaker against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Washington Redskins start the game with three straight first downs before the Philadelphia Eagles force a punt.
The Philadelphia Eagles start their first drive with a pass from Carson Wentz to tight end, Zach Ertz. Because of the Redskins’ inability to cover the tight end, Carson Wentz connects with Zack Ertz for 27 yards. It’s four straight 1st downs and a first and goal for the Eagles. However, the Washington Redskins defense forces a 25-yard field goal. The Philadelphia Eagles take an early 3-0 lead.
The Washington Redskins, immediately, strike back with a bullet pass from Dwayne Haskins to receiver, Terry McLaurin, for a 75-yard touchdown. This is the longest offensive play of the season for the Redskins. The Washington Redskins now lead 7-0.
The quarter ends with a screen pass from Carson Wentz to running back Miles Sanders for 18 yards.
Because of another screen pass to tight end, Dallas Goedert for 16 yards, the Eagles are deep in Washington territory. However, back to back penalties put the Eagles in a long second down. But, because of a roughing the passer penalty, the Eagles get a free first down. Two plays later, running back, Miles Sanders runs in from one yard out. The touchdown gives the Philadelphia Eagles a 10-7 lead.
Because of a pass interference, the Redskins get a first down. This is followed by an excellent catch by Steven Sims Jr. Because of hard running by Adrian Peterson, the Redskins gain another 14 yards. An old school read-option play is good for another 13 yards. Because of a beautifully thrown ball by quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Steven Sims Jr makes a catch in the back of the end zone. The Washington Redskins now lead 14-10.
Both teams are forced to punt and the half ends with the Eagles letting the clock run out.
After an exchange of punts to start the third quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles pick up a first down with another roughing the passer penalty.
Methodically moving the ball down the field with screen passes, the Eagles score on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to running back Miles Sanders. Philadelphia now leads 17-14.
The Washington Redskins, behind the legs of Adrian Peterson and Dwayne Haskins, quickly move the ball down the field, ending the quarter in Philadelphia territory.
The ageless, Adrian Peterson, ties Hall of Famer, Walter Payton, for fourth all-time with his 110th career rushing touchdown. Because of reversing his field after his initial lane was sealed off, Adrian Peterson scampered ten yards for the touchdown. The Washington Redskins now lead, 21-17
Because Washington linebacker, Ryan Anderson, strip sacks, Carson Wentz, the Eagles face a long second down. However, a huge run by Eagles running back, Miles Sanders, of 56 yards, the Eagles easily convert. As has been the case all year, the Washington Redskins, struggle to cover the tight end, giving up a 2-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz. The Philadelphia Eagles now lead 24-21.
Because of a good kick return by Steven Sims Jr., the Washington Redskins start at the 44-yard line. A quick completion from quarterback Dwayne Haskins to wide receiver, Terry McLaurin, for 22 yards puts the Redskins in Eagles territory. However, Eagles defense holds, and Washington settles for a 53-yard field goal. This is Dustin Hopkins’s longest field goal of the season. Washington ties the game at 24.
The Eagles immediately lose the ball because of another strip-sack by linebacker Ryan Anderson. Defensive lineman, Jonathan Allen, recovers the loose ball.
However, Washington cannot convert on third down and are forced to kick a 43-yard field goal.
The Philadelphia Eagles convert several 3rd downs as the clock winds down. Wide receiver Greg Ward and tight end, Dallas Goedert, both making clutch receptions to extend their drive.
Two Minute Drill
Again, Eagles receiver, Greg Ward, continues to dominate the drive with catches of 13 and 10 yards. With under a minute to play, Carson Wentz floats a pass to the corner of the end zone, where receiver Greg Ward secures the touchdown pass. The Philadelphia Eagles now lead 31-27.
Because the Eagles blitz on the final play, they force a turnover. Defensive lineman, Nigel Bradham, returns the fumble 47 yards for a touchdown. The Philadelphia Eagles win 37-27.
The Washington Redskins, again, showed up and fought hard. Dwayne Haskins looked sharp and was accurate with his passes. Adrian Peterson ran hard. However, the Philadelphia Eagles, even short-handed, found a way to stay alive for the division championship. Carson Wentz and Greg Ward made just enough plays to win a very competitive game.
The Washington Redskins have improved under Bill Callahan and continue to play hard for the interim coach. The rookies, on both sides of the ball, have continued to grow and develop. The outcome was unfortunate, but the effort was there.
On to New York. HTTR!
Game Balls 🏈
Offense: Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders: 19 rushes for 122 yards and one touchdown. Six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Defense: Washington linebacker, Ryan Anderson: Four tackles, two sacks, and three forced fumbles