Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 27 — as it happened
Follow along for all the big plays, scores, injuries and more from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 15 game against the Washington Redskins.
The Eagles moved to 7-7 on the season after beating the Washington Redskins, 37-27, at FedEx Field on Sunday.
Carson Wentz delivered the game-winning pass to Greg Ward, finding the wideout in the back of the end zone with 26 seconds left in the game. Wentz finished with three touchdowns on the day, and Miles Sanders had the best game of his career.
Nigel Bradham scored on a fumble recovery as time expired to give the Eagles a sizable margin of victory.
Here’s a running recap of the game:
Carson Wentz connected with Greg Ward for a go-ahead touchdown, taking a 31-27 lead with 26 seconds left.
Carson’s costly fumble
Carson Wentz picked a terrible time to have his weekly fumbling problems. The quarterback gave up the ball, leading to a Washington field goal, putting the Eagles behind, 27-24 with 4:52 left in the game.
Hopkins hits tying field goal
The Eagles gave up a 41-yard kickoff return and a 22-yard pass that got Washington into field goal range, which led to Dustin Hopkins nailing the game-tying field goal from 53 yards out with 8:02 left. The Eagles offense takes the field tied, 24-24.
Sanders’ stellar showing
Zach Ertz caught a touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 24-21 lead with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter. The score was set up by Miles Sanders’ 56-yard run on a third-and-11 draw play. Sanders broke LeSean McCoy’s rookie rushing record on the play.
Washington seizes lead at start of fourth
The Eagles took a 17-14 lead over Washington into the fourth quarter, but Adrian Peterson changed that quickly. The veteran running back scored from 10 yards out to give Washington a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Carson Wentz and Miles Sanders connected for a 15-yard touchdown after Wentz escaped the rush and rifled a pass to the running back in the end zone, giving the Eagles a 17-14 lead midway through the third quarter.
Eagles trail through 3
The Eagles went into the locker room down, 14-10, after struggling to contain rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The offense showed signs of life, but stalled out in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal in the first quarter.
Haskins heats up
The Eagles defense gave up a passing touchdown for the second time in as many drives, allowing a touchdown pass from Haskins to Steven Sims Jr. for a 14-10 lead.
The Eagles reclaimed the lead on a Miles Sanders touchdown run from the Washington one-yard line. The 10-play, 75-yard drive gave the Eagles a 10-7 lead.
McLaurin gashes Eagles’ secondary
The Eagles fell behind, 7-3, after rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin scored a 75-yard touchdown with 1:11 left in the first quarter. McLaurin, a third-round pick in last April’s NFL Draft, has been a bright spot for an otherwise dormant Washington offense. It was the former Ohio State standout’s seventh score of the year.
Eagles strike first
The Eagles made it to the Washington red zone, but had to settle for three. Jake Elliott made the 25-yard field goal to put the Eagles up, 3-0.
Eagles win toss
The Eagles won the toss and deferred, sending their defense out first. Washington moved the ball to midfield, but stalled out and punted on the opening drive.
Welcome to the blog
Good afternoon, Eagles fans. Greetings from FedEx Field, where the Eagles prepare for another important NFC East matchup against the Washington Redskins.
The sun is shining, but the game will be a cold and windy affair. Washington (3-10) is coming off a close loss to the Green Bay Packers, but have had a lackluster season marred with injury and a mid-season head coaching change from Jay Gruden to Bill Callahan. The Eagles are hoping to put together a winning streak after beating the two-win New York Giants last Monday, and they’ll need to in order to stay in control of the NFC East. They’re currently tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop of the division, with Dallas playing the Los Angeles Rams later in the afternoon.
The Eagles’ defense will be doing all they can to contain veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who is averaging 4.3 yards per carry in his 34-year-old season. On offense, the Eagles are going into the game with just three healthy receivers for the second time in as many weeks. They’ll have rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and practice-squad call-ups Greg Ward and Rob Davis, but Josh Perkins and Zach Ertz can both line up as receivers from time to time.
Pre-game stories of interest
Be sure to study up on the keys to the game with Paul Domowitch’s scouting report.
Domo also caught up with former Eagles executive Joe Banner, who said Alshon Jeffery’s injury will complicate next season’s roster moves.
Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and DeSean Jackson all had terrible years, could the Eagles have avoided this catastrophe? Jeff McLane explains what went wrong.
Got a prediction for the game? See how far off yours is to mine and the rest of the Eagles’ beat reporters’ picks.
Third downs are going to be vital in this game, as Domo breaks down along with the rest of the numbers that matter.
These two teams faced off in Week 1, and boy, have things changed since that September afternoon. But the Eagles’ performance then was a good indicator of what was to come, writes Les Bowen.