Fourth Quarter: Eagles 20, Redskins 13
Redskins back-up quarterback John Beck replaced Rex Grossman to cheers from the FedEx Stadium crowd to begin the fourth quarter. And when he completed his first pass – an 11-yard gain to tight end Fred Davis – the ovation amplified. Beck completed 3 of 7 passes for 37 yards and scrambled once for a 12-yard gain on a nine-play drive. Washington sent out placekicker Graham Gano to attempt what would have been a career-long 51-yard field goal, but then the Redskins were flagged for delay of game. Washington elected to punt.
Philadelphia gained 39 yards on its next possession and ran some time off the clock. The drive stalled at midfield, and the Eagles punted.
Washington took over at its own 20-yard line. Beck completed passes to five different receivers on another drive, including a 15-yard pass to Donte Stallworth on fourth and 9 from the Philadelphia 49-yard line. On the next play, Beck connected with Terrence Austin on a 32-yard completion that gave the Redskins first and goal at the two-yard line. Beck scored on a quarterback draw on the following play to cut the Redskins’ deficit to seven.
The Eagles served Washington heavy doses of running back LeSean McCoy on their next possession. But on third and inches, it was quarterback Michael Vick who plunged ahead for the game-sealing first down. Vick took three knees to end the game.
Third Quarter: Eagles 20, Redskins 6
The Redskins got aggressive on their first play of the second half, and it paid off with a 45-yard completion from Grossman to Jabar Gaffney. The play began with Roy Helu taking the handoff, stopping at the line of scrimmage and tossing the ball back to Grossman.
Gaffney, meantime, was wide open down the middle of the field. A quicker release by Grossman might have resulted in a touchdown, but the Redskins were set up at the 15. Washington had to settle for Graham Gano’s 26-yard field goal that drew the Redskins to 20-6 with 12:40 to play in the quarter.
The Eagles got a 59-yard pass from Vick to Jeremy Maclin on first and 10, but on third and five from the Redskins 16, Vick’s pass intended for Brent Celek was tipped by Barry Cofield, and Oshiomogho Atogwe caught the carom at the 1.
Two plays later, Grossman gave it right back when he tried to force a pass to Fred Davis. Instead, safety Kurt Coleman stepped in front for the interception and returned it 24 yards to the Philadelphia 29. The Eagles, though, turned it over on downs.
Grossman turned it over again on the Redskins’ next series, and again Coleman was the recipient, but Philadelphia was getting set to punt as the quarter expired
The Redskins defense stopped Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick’s sneak attempt from the one-yard line on the first play of the second quarter. But on third and goal, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy scored on the following play, a one-yard touchdown run to the left. Philadelphia led, 14-0, with just more than 14 minutes to play in the first half.
After a holding penalty on the ensuing kickoff return, Washington took over at its own 5-yard line. Grossman bobbled the shotgun snap on first down and had to throw the ball away out of the end zone. Two plays later, Grossman’s pass attempt to running back Roy Helu fell incomplete, but Eagles strong safety Kurt Coleman was flagged for a personal foul blow to the head. The Redskins had first and 10 at their own 22-yard line, but the drive stalled there.
Philadelphia moved quickly on its next possession. Vick completed a 26-yard pass to a wide open Jeremy Maclin. On the next play, Vick completed a 21-yard pass to tight end Brent Celek. Then McCoy gained 11 yards. But the Redskins defense held once the Eagles entered the red zone. Philadelphia had to settle for a 28-yard field goal.
On the first play of Washington’s following drive, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw a deep pass intended for Jabar Gaffney that was underthrown and intercepted by Eagles free safety Nate Allen. Philadelphia took over at the Washington 47-yard line.
On first down, Vick dropped back to pass and then sprinted up the middle for a 25-yard gain. The Eagles moved into the red zone after cornerback Josh Wilson was flagged for illegal contact. But once again, the Redskins defense turned stingy. The Eagles kicked a 24-yard field goal to take a 20-0 lead.
With time running out in the first half, Washington turned in its most efficient drive of the game. But the possession stalled when Grossman was sacked on third and 11 for a loss of eight yards. With 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter, placekicker Graham Gano tied a career-long by making a 50-yard field goal. At halftime, Washington trailed, 20-3.
The Redskins forced a punt on the Eagles’ opening possession and got the ball at the Philadelphia 41 thanks to a facemask call. But left tackle Trent Williams was called for a hold on first and 10, and on third and 16, Rex Grossman threw an interception to safety Kurt Coleman.
Coleman was touched down at the 3, but Williams was called for unnecessary roughness, moving the ball to the 18. Shortly thereafter Michael Vick scrambled for a loose ball on a snap over his head, and threw it away a step outside his own goal line.
But Redskins’ linebacker Brian Orakpo was called for an illegal hit on Vick on the play, and the Eagles drove down the field, collecting big chunks of yardage on the next few plays to get to the Redskins 9. On third and goal, tight end Brent Celek blocked Orakpo before letting him run past, leaving the middle of the field wide open. Celek caught Vick’s pass and went untouched into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Philadelphia was on the move again as the first quarter expired, getting to the 8 on LeSean McCoy’s 21-yard run and to the 1 on a carry by Dion Lewis that initially was ruled a touchdown before that call was overturned.