1:00 PM ET, November 17, 2013
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday Blitz: Redskins-Eagles Recap
PHILADELPHIA -- For the Philadelphia Eagles to go worst-to-first in the NFC East, they had to win at home.
Bye-bye, losing streak.
Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and spun free for a touchdown, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles snapped a 10-game losing skid at Lincoln Financial Field with a 24-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
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A year after finishing 4-12 under Andy Reid, Chip Kelly had guided his Eagles (6-5) to the division lead. They're a half-game ahead of idle Dallas (5-5).
The defending division champion Redskins rallied in the fourth quarter but fell short, dropping to 3-7.
"I don't look at it globally," Kelly said. "We have five games in December and we put ourselves in position where those games are meaningful. We'll see where we're at Dec. 29."
The Eagles hadn't won at home in 413 days since defeating the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012. They'll enter their bye week on a three-game winning streak, having turned things around after consecutive home losses last month.
"Not one person on this team was defeated," Foles said. "Everybody in our locker room believed we can win and if you feel that way, it's something special. We have to keep the momentum going."
RG3 then drove the Redskins to the Eagles 18 before his pass off his back foot was intercepted by Brandon Boykin in the end zone.
"I was trying to throw the ball in the back of the end zone," he said. "It didn't get to where I wanted it to go. Obviously I was on my heels. Something I can definitely learn from."
Foles didn't throw any TD passes after tossing 10 in the past two games. But he still hasn't thrown an interception this year, extending his streak to 199 passes without a pick. Foles tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in a win at Oakland two weeks ago and followed it with three more in a victory at Green Bay.
McCoy finished with 77 yards rushing and 73 receiving. He leads the NFL with 1,009 yards on the ground. Foles had a career-best 47 yards rushing.
"We're all playing as one," McCoy said. "Earlier in the year, the offense was playing good and defense wasn't or defense was playing good and offense wasn't. Now we're clicking.
The Redskins started their last drive at their 4 with 3:26 left after a 70-yard punt by Donnie Jones. Griffin completed a 28-yard pass to Santana Moss on third-and-25 and Washington eventually moved to the 18 before the pick.
Griffin was 17 of 35 for 264 yards and ran for 44 yards.
"Took us until the fourth quarter to make a couple plays," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "We had our opportunity at the end. Just couldn't take advantage of it."
A 33-27 win at Washington in the season opener kick-started the Kelly Era and raised expectations in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. The Eagles lost the next three games before winning five of seven. Foles replaced an injured Michael Vick in the first half of a victory at the Giants on Oct. 6, and has led the Eagles to a 4-1 record since.
The Redskins couldn't generate much offense until Griffin connected with Young after scrambling early in the fourth quarter. He hit Nick Williams on the conversion.
Robinson made a nice adjustment to catch Griffin's underthrown deep pass for the next score, and RG3 dived in from the 2 for the conversion.
But Washington couldn't complete the comeback.
Foles ran in from the 4 for a 7-0 lead, even showing some athleticism with a spin move after getting hit at the 2 and then reaching for the end zone. A 49-yard pass to McCoy set up the score.
One play after Brent Celek turned a tight-end screen pass into a 42-yard gain, McCoy ran in untouched from the 1.
The Eagles turned that into a 24-yard field goal by Alex Henery to make it 17-0.
McCoy left briefly after injuring his right hamstring in the second quarter and scored on a 1-yard run to put the Eagles up 24-0 in the third.
LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), S Earl Wolff (knee), and CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) were Philadelphia's injured defensive starters. ... Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion), DE Stephen Bowen (knee) and WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) left the game. ... The Eagles lost their first four home games this season.
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs during...(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.5||6.5|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-2||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||02:48||Nick Foles 4 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||0||7|
|TD||14:31||LeSean McCoy 1 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||0||14|
|FG||03:51||Alex Henery 24 Yd||0||17|
|TD||09:41||LeSean McCoy 1 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick)||0||24|
|TD||12:56||Darrel Young 62 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Robert Griffin Pass To Nick Williams For Two-Point Conversion)||8||24|
|TD||05:57||Aldrick Robinson 41 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Robert Griffin Run For Two-Point Conversion)||16||24|
The Eagles made big gains in the passing game Sunday despite Nick Foles not completing a pass more than 20 yards downfield (0-3). Foles was 6-of-11 on such passes in his last two games with an NFL-best five touchdowns. The Eagles gained 188 yards after the catch Sunday, the most for Foles in a game this season. Three of Foles' four longest pass plays Sunday were thrown within 2 yards of the line of scrimmage, including two screens.
The Eagles jumped out to a big halftime lead against the Redskins for the second time this season, averaging 9.3 yards per play, more efficient than their 53-play first half in the season opener. In both games, the Eagles' halftime win probability was over 95 percent, and they held off a late Redskins comeback attempt. Both wins were decided by 8 points or fewer, but the Eagles' second-half win probability never dropped below 87.8 percent in either game.[+]
Eagles First-Half Offense vs Redskins This Season
LeSean McCoy was first contacted in the backfield on 7-of-20 rushes Sunday, tied for his most in a game this season. McCoy rushed for a season-high 57 yards after contact (2.9 per rush). McCoy entered the day averaging 1.3 yards per rush after first contact.
Robert Griffin III was 12-of-27 for 135 yards and four sacks inside the pocket Sunday. Griffin threw both of his touchdowns and wasn't sacked on 12 dropbacks outside the pocket, but Philadelphia's ability to keep him inside the pocket was key in a big divisional win.[+]
Robert Griffin III Sunday
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