Eagles vs. Washington 2014 final score: 3 things we learned from Washington’s 27-24 win
Washington took down the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, 27-24.
Washington held off the Philadelphia Eagles, taking advantage of a Mark Sanchez interception with under two minutes to go, leading to a 27-24 win. It was a tie game and the Eagles were driving, when Sanchez, who had already thrown for two touchdowns and over 370 yards, threw an interception to Bashaud Breeland.
Washington took advantage, with a couple big plays to set them up in Philadelphia territory with just over a minute to go. A couple big runs and another first down burned through Philadelphia’s timeouts, and Kai Forbath managed the 26-yard field goal for the lead and the win.
For Washington, the win could mean a number of things. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding quarterback Robert Griffin III, and whether or not he’ll be the starter heading into next season. Whatever his strong play means for the team overall, he certainly helped himself with strong play through most of the game, even if a fourth-quarter interception put the game in jeopardy.
It’s also probably nice to play spoiler to a division rival in whatever way possible, though the Eagles are not out of things yet. If the Dallas Cowboys lose on Sunday, then Philadelphia is still in the playoff race.
The first half featured scoring on both sides, though it wasn’t exactly brimming with excitement. The Eagles started off well, driving from their own 24-yard line into Washington territory, before Sanchez fumbled the ball on a sack, giving Washington possession with good field position. Washington took advantage, turning that fumble into three points with a 25-yard Kai Forbath field goal.
Both teams would manage a touchdown before the quarter ended, though. Philadelphia went 79 yards in 10 plays on the ensuing drive, before running back LeSean McCoy ran in an 11-yard touchdown. Then, Washington benefited from a huge 51-yard pass from Robert Griffin III to DeSean Jackson over Bradley Fletcher. Alfred Morris ran in the 28-yard touchdown on the next play.
In the second quarter, Philadelphia scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to Riley Cooper, capping off a 15-play, 93-yard drive. The Eagles took a 14-10 lead into the half.
Things went downhill for the Eagles from there. On the opening drive of the second half, Cody Parkey missed a 34-yard field goal, and on their second possession, he missed one from 46 yards. Sandwiched between those two misses was a 12-play, 76-yard touchdown drive by Washington, capped off by a Darrel Young touchdown run. Following the second miss, Washington had another touchdown drive capped off by another 1-yard run from Young.
Philadelphia showed some fight in the fourth, when Sanchez hit Cooper for a 16-yard touchdown pass to make it a three-point game. Things swung further in their favor when Griffin, trying to exploit the matchup between DeSean Jackson and Bradley Fletcher for the third time, threw deep, but underthrew and got picked off by Nate Allen.
Parkey came through on his third field goal attempt, this one from just 22 yards out, to tie the game at 24-24. Washington took over and the drive looked promising at first, but they wound up having to punt with under three minutes to go in the game. Philadelphia took advantage, driving slowly downfield and eating up most of the clock before Sanchez threw his first interception of the game, giving Washington the chance to steal the win.
They managed to do just that, with the field goal sealing the 27-24 victory.
Three things we learned:
1) Bradley Fletcher can’t keep up with DeSean Jackson
It’s probably a safe bet that DeSean Jackson was pretty motivated to play against his former team on Saturday, even if it wasn’t for the first time. In the first game earlier this season, he caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, and he eclipsed those numbers on Saturday. That’s thanks to a pair of huge plays against Bradley Fletcher, who couldn’t keep up with Jackson deep:
That pass went for 55 yards and set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Darrel Young. Earlier in the game, Jackson beat Fletcher for a 51-yard gain, which led to a 28-yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris. Clearly, he had Fletcher’s (and possibly the Eagles’) number. Jackson finished with four receptions for 126 yards.
2) Don’t read too much into practice reps
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was not the starting running back during a practice session earlier in the week, and there were some wondering if he’d lose some touches, for whatever reason. It didn’t make any sense whatsoever, but it was discussed regardless. McCoy did what he usually does on Saturday: carried the ball a bunch of times, put up big yardage and put points on the board. He finished with 88 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with another 28 yards in the air.
3) Making graphic for Saturday is too much work
Of course, the NFL is all about branding, from the very top all the way to the bottom. Monday Night Football andThursday Night Football are actual names of actual programs that the NFL airs, and they put a lot behind those names. So much so, that when the NFL Network plays host to a football game on a Saturday, they use the Thursday Night Football branding … and call it “Saturday Edition.” In some roundabout way, this all makes sense, but it’s also very silly.