The Washington Redskins were hoping to duplicate last season's improbable playoff run, but the Philadelphia Eagles are making their case to be this year's first-to-worst success story in the NFC East. The Birds clipped their division rivals by a final of 24-16 at Lincoln Financial Field, ending a 10-game home losing streak over a year in the making.
Philly jumped out to a 24-0 lead, which it clenched tightly until the fourth quarter. Washington mounted a furious comeback, scoring two touchdowns followed by a pair of two-point conversions. Their final drive fell short however when Robert Griffin III's prayer was intercepted by cornerback Brandon Boykin.
RG3 seemed almost afraid to throw the ball for three quarters. At one point in the third period, Washington was stuck on eight net passing yards. The reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year eventually fired it up in contest's final 15 minutes though, finishing with 264 yards on 17 of 35 passes.
It was not enough to overcome Nick Foles and the Eagles' uptempo offense though. Foles threw for 298 yards and ran for 47 more and a score, continuing to be a stabilizing force under center for the Birds. It was LeSean McCoy who really paced the offense though with 150 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
Washington's record falls to 3-7 on the year, and they are all but eliminated from the playoffs this time—no reeling off seven wins in a row like last year. The Eagles sweep the season series, elevating their record to 6-5 heading into the bye week.
Philadelphia is in sole possession of first place in the East for now. Scroll down for more highlights and analysis of all the action.