Final

Redskins 10

(5-11, 3-5 away)

Eagles 34

(8-8, 3-5 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, January 1, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 0 7 310
PHI 3 7 3 2134

Top Performers

Passing: M. Vick (PHI) - 335 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Royster (WSH) - 20 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: J. Maclin (PHI) - 8 REC, 105 YDS

Michael Vick tosses 3 TD passes as Eagles trounce Redskins

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles played their best football too late.

Michael Vick threw for 335 yards and three touchdown passes, including a 62-yarder to DeSean Jackson, and the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 34-10 Sunday for their fourth straight win.

But the Eagles (8-8) are going home despite the strong finish after failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and just the fourth time in coach Andy Reid's 13 seasons. They can't be satisfied after entering the year with Super Bowl aspirations

"That's the unfortunate part," Vick said. "Everybody's jelling together, our team is getting closer as a unit, everybody's understanding their coaches and what they're trying to do and their philosophy. We know what needs to be done. We'll fly under the radar and try to shock people next year. Next year will be totally different. I promise you."

Reid refused to discuss anything about the future, including whether he wants to return or if defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be back. Reid took plenty of criticism this season, and heard "Fire Andy!" chants during a loss to New England in November. Castillo was intensely scrutinized in his first season after serving as an offensive line coach for 13 years.

"We've got to get better all the way around, starting with me," Reid said. "This wasn't good enough."

The Redskins (5-11) finished last in the NFC East for a franchise-worst fourth straight year. It was Mike Shanahan's worst full season in 18 years as a coach.

"I think the last five, six games we've done some good things, run the football against some good teams, not as good as we need, though," Shanahan said. "We talked about adding a few pieces on offense, we need a few pieces on defense, a good draft, but we made some strides. Our football team is a lot different than a year ago, and that's a positive."

One of four NFL games on the final day that had no playoff ramifications, this had the feel of a preseason game. There were thousands of empty seats at the always sold-out Linc, and there was far more interest in the Mummer's Parade on Broad Street.

The Winter Classic alumni game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers across the street at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday generated more excitement.

Playing without NFC leading rusher LeSean McCoy, the Eagles relied mainly on their passing attack. Vick delivered, becoming the second player to have consecutive seasons with 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing.

Rex Grossman had 256 yards passing, one TD and one interception, and Evan Royster had 113 yards rushing for Washington.

"I really enjoy it here," said Grossman, who will be a free agent. "I really enjoy this offensive system and what they're building here. I'd love for this to be the place where I end up."

The Redskins were 3-1 and leading the NFC East when the teams met on Oct. 16. A 20-13 loss to Philadelphia started their six-game losing streak and knocked them out of the playoff picture.

The Eagles weren't eliminated from playoff contention until last week, and finished with the best record in the division at 5-1. But they're starting an early vacation while the winner of the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday night advances.

"You have to analyze everything that happened and figure out how not to let it happen again," Vick said. "We've got a lot of soul-searching to do, a lot of thinking to do. I think our opportunities will arise."

Vick's 7-yard TD pass to Chad Hall in the second quarter gave Philadelphia a 10-0 lead after Derek Landri blocked Graham Gano's 36-yard field-goal attempt.

Vick connected with Jackson to make it 20-10 in the fourth quarter. It could've been Jackson's last game with the Eagles. The two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver played the final year of his rookie contract and never got the extension he wanted after holding out in training camp.

A 4-yard TD toss from Vick to Brent Celek made it 27-10.

Roy Helu turned a screen pass into a 47-yard TD to get Washington within 10-7 on the opening drive of the second half.

The Redskins turned the ball over on downs at the Eagles 35 in the final minute of the second quarter. They got the ball back when Brian Orakpo sacked Vick and forced a fumble. Perry Riley recovered at the 17, but the Redskins wasted the field position.

An unsportsmanlike penalty on Santana Moss for taking off his helmet and arguing a non-call for pass interference pushed the ball back, and the clock expired before Gano could attempt a field goal after Jabar Gaffney was tackled at the Eagles 7. Long snapper Nick Sundberg wasn't on the field as players scurried to the line of scrimmage.

"A little mix-up there relative to communication, coupled with not getting the play," Shanahan said, explaining that the headsets weren't working at the time.

Game notes


The Eagles set a franchise record for total yards with 6,386. ... Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin had eight catches for 105 yards. ... Eagles rookie K Alex Henery finished the season 24 of 27 on field goals for the best percentage (88.9) in team history. ... Jackson became the fifth player in NFL history to have 900 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons. ... Grossman finished with 20 interceptions despite not starting three games. ... Shanahan's previous worst season was 6-10 last year and with Denver in 1999. ... Vick threw a career-high 14 interceptions. ... Orakpo left with a left shoulder injury. He'll have an MRI on Monday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
PHI
1st Downs2124
Passing 1st downs
1217
Rushing 1st downs
76
1st downs from Penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
6-165-11
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays7160
Total Yards377390
Yards per play5.36.5
Total Drives1311
Passing247315
Comp - Att
22-4524-39
Yards per pass
5.58.1
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-92-20
Rushing13075
Rushing Attempts
2519
Yards per rush
5.23.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-33-5
Penalties6-718-75
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:4129:19

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Grossman22/452565.7111-9
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Vick24/393358.6312-20

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Royster201135.7028
Young11212.0012
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis12584.8120
Brown6142.309

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Helu24824.01472
Moss34515.00229
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Maclin810513.102913
Celek68614.313010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHPHI
phiFG10:29Alex Henery 35 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERWSHPHI
phiTD01:44Chad Hall 7 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick) 010
THIRD QUARTERWSHPHI
wshTD10:29Roy Helu 47 Yd Pass From Rex Grossman (Graham Gano Kick) 710
phiFG04:05Alex Henery 20 Yd 713
FOURTH QUARTERWSHPHI
wshFG13:24Graham Gano 27 Yd 1013
phiTD12:01DeSean Jackson 62 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick) 1020
phiTD05:56Brent Celek 4 Yd Pass From Michael Vick (Alex Henery Kick) 1027
phiTD01:56Dion Lewis 9 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 1034

Research Notes

NEXT-LEVEL: Michael Vick had success with play action against the Redskins, completing 9 of 13 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. It is the most completions and yards off of play-action passes he has in any game this season.

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