Washington Redskins One Win from NFC East Title—Bring on the Cowboys

John BibbAnalyst IIIDecember 23, 2012

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III showed signs of his knee injury but led the team in a 27-20 victory of NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III showed signs of his knee injury but led the team in a 27-20 victory of NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins moved one step closer to their first NFC East title since 1999 despite four yards rushing and an interception by rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, and a less than average offensive performance, holding on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20. 

With the win the 9-6 'Skins will have their first winning season in five years.

On what would be their final possession, the Eagles had more than four minutes remaining in the game when they started what turned out to be a nerve-wracking final possession of the game.  Eagles QB Nick Foles threw 16 passes and scrambled out of the shotgun one time to lead the Eagles to the 'Skins five yard line.  

The game ended after Foles threw an incomplete pass with five seconds remaining that was ruled an illegal forward pass which constituted a 10-second runoff and a victory for the 'Skins.  It was at that point Redskins fans could take a breath and await the results of the other NFC East games.

The Cowboys lost to the Saints 34-31 in overtime which helped but did not secure the Redskins postseason berth.  With the loss the Cowboys are 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the division.

The New York Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 33-14.  With the loss the Giants are 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the division.

In the victory over the Eagles the Redskins were below their averages in total yards, passing yards and rushing yards.  Quarterback RG3 returned from a knee injury and threw only his fifth interception of the season and finished the game 16-of-24 for 198 yards and two touchdowns.  


Other Redskins standouts and facts: 

Running back Alfred Morris finished with 91 yards on 22 carries and a rushing TD.  He is among the NFL rushing leaders on the season and fell shy of his seventh 100-plus yard rushing game of his rookie season.

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon led all receivers with seven catches for 89 yards.  The 'Skins are now 8-1 when Garcon is a starter.

Linebacker London Fletcher, the team leader in tackles, recorded 10 solo tackles, two assists and an interception.  Fletcher's INT was his fifth on the season and he now leads the team in that category as well.

Kicker Kai Forbath made two field goals and now holds the NFL record for consecutive FGs to start a career. He is 17-of-17 on the season.

Tight end Chris Cooley had his first catch of 2012 since being re-signed after Week Seven by the Redskins following an injury to TE Fred Davis.  Cooley is the Redskins all-time leader in receptions at tight end.

The top four 'Skins receivers, Josh Morgan, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson, all have 500-plus receiving yards on the season.  The last time the Redskins had this occur was in the 2000 season.


The 'Skins had more takeaways than giveaways against the Eagles which has been a factor in all but one of their wins.  They have 106 points off turnovers through 15 games.

Many fans may be asking themselves, "Where was this Redskins team in the first half of the season?" With their current playing ability and confidence, momentum certainly favors the 'Skins, and a six-game winning streak should certainly help their confidence tremendously in Week 17 and beyond.

Any die-hard Redskins' fan will tell you that the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is one of bragging rights and makes a win even that much sweeter.  To have this much come down upon the final game of the season makes it much more interesting and stressful all at the same time.

The Redskins-Cowboys game is now scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET as the NFL moved the start time from 1 p.m. to the evening slot under the NFL’s flexible scheduling arrangement.

Statistical information provided by ESPN.com.

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