Sunday, October 3, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Redskins 17, Eagles 12
By Matt Mosley
PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Redskins stunned the Eagles by scoring on their first three possessions and held on for what could be a season-changing win. Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb received a standing ovation from Eagles fans, but then he treated his former teammates rudely with some big-time throws in the first half. Let's take a look at some of the highlights -- and Andy Reid's lowlights -- from this game.
What it means: The NFC East is in a complete mess. The Redskins looked dead in a 30-16 loss in St. Louis last Sunday, but now they're tied with the Eagles for the division lead. The Dallas Cowboys are sitting pretty at 1-2. They were helped by not having to play because of the bye. It's a great win for McNabb, but it's bigger for the Redskins. A 1-3 start would've been tough to overcome. Now they have a legitimate shot at staying in this thing for a little while with a 2-0 record in the division. Those wins will pay off down the road.
The Vick Factor: Just when Michael Vick made his first truly special play of the game late in the first quarter, he was knocked out of the game with a rib and chest injury. He was sandwiched by two Redskins defenders while trying to cross the goal line following a 23-yard run. Vick headed for the locker room and the play was negated because of a holding penalty on right guard Max Jean-Gilles. Kevin Kolb had his moments in the second half, but the Eagles had dug themselves too much of a hole.
The Goat: Eagles coach Andy Reid embarrassed himself at the end of the first half. After a long delay to see whether LeSean McCoy crossed the goal line for a touchdown, the Eagles had a fourth-and-goal at the Redskins' 1-yard line. Reid didn't have a play ready and the Eagles had to burn a timeout. Then they were flagged for a delay of game after the timeout. It forced the Eagles to settle for a short field goal and a 17-6 deficit. Redskins defenders raced off the field pumping their arms after the field goal, realizing they'd been offered a gift.
What's next? The Skins will host the Green Bay Packers next week and the Eagles will go on the road against the 49ers. With these teams, there's no way of predicting what will come next. Everyone will say that the outcome would've been different had Vick remained in the game, but I'm certainly not convinced of that. The Skins raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and I think they were by far the most physical team. Now we'll wait and see how long Vick's out. I'll be back with a postgame column a little later this evening.