In the end, it was Robert Griffin III's Redskins that prevailed by a final score of 31-6, as the rookie quarterback picked apart the Eagles secondary with four touchdown passes, while completing 14 of his 15 attempts.
On the ground, Griffin rushed for another 84 yards, and fellow rookie Alfred Morris added another 76 of his own, as the Redskins out-rushed Philadelphia 169-80 and produced 100 more yards of total offense than the Eagles.
At the other end of the field, the Eagles, playing without injured starter Michael Vick, didn't get what they needed from their rookie signal-caller, as Nick Foles threw two interceptions and struggled mightily at times. Philadelphia failed to score a touchdown.
Despite gaining more first downs than Washington, Philadelphia's three turnovers hurt the team all afternoon, and it was too much for them to overcome.
For the 'Skins, the win was a much-needed victory after dropping three consecutive games, including an ugly one to the Carolina Panthers at home last Sunday.
Ultimately, Washington's victory is a nice building block for the team going into the home stretch of their schedule. For the Eagles, it's only the latest bitterly disappointing defeat for a team that had Super Bowl aspirations before the season started.
Here's a look at some of the reactions to the game on Twitter following the end of the fourth quarter.
ESPN pointed out the historical implications of Griffin's performance during his first game as a team captain:
Robert Griffin III -- 14-for-15 (93.3% completion rate). Last QB with that high a completion rate + 4 TD passes-- Steve Young, 1994— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 18, 2012
Grant Paulsen, the Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan in D.C., tweeted about the chant that was heard throughout the stadium during the final moments of Sunday's game:
Even Marcus Vick, brother of Eagles injured star Michael, couldn't help but show his admiration for Griffin:
RG III was born to play quarterback for the Redskins......#savior— Marcus Vick (@MVFive) November 18, 2012