But the Eagles got right back to work, moving the ball 51 yards in nine plays before having to settle for a 48-yard field goal.
By the time Washington’s offense took the field for the first time, the Eagles had already run 19 plays and racked up 121 yards.
The Redskins’ offense — which ranked fifth in the NFL in 2012 — didn’t get off to a strong start, however, as Morris took a shotgun handoff, gained three yards and fumbled.
Philadelphia recovered at the 25 and needed one play to score. Vick connected with DeSean Jackson, who had a cushion between he and Hall and made the easy catch in the back of the end zone.
On the next possession, Griffin threw his first pass — an eight-yard toss to Fred Davis. But a penalty negated that play. Griffin then completed a screen pass that Morris turned into a nine-yard gain, and on third and nine, Griffin took to the air again — but he probably wished he hadn’t. With no open receivers, Griffin tried to force the ball to Santana Moss down the center of the field. But Moss was bracketed by defenders, and Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin, who had underneath coverage, intercepted the pass in stride, giving Washington its second turnover in four plays.
And things didn’t get any better offensively. The defense forced the Eagles to punt after four plays, but on second and 10 from the Washington 5-yard line, the Redskins committed another blunder. Morris couldn’t secure a pitch from Griffin in the end zone and had to fall on the ball for a safety.
By the time the first quarter ended, the Eagles had run 29 plays to the Redskins’ nine, and had outgained Washington, 202-30, despite holding only a 12-7 lead.
The slim margin didn’t last long, however. Vick completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Brent Celek to give his team a 19-7 lead with 6:10 left in the quarter, and then the quarterback scored on a three-yard draw that gave Philadelphia a 26-7 lead with 58 seconds left before the half.
Griffin threw another interception on Washington’s first possession of the third quarter. as cornerback Cary Williams made a leaping catch to snatch the ball from the air just before it reached Pierre Garcon’s hands on an out route. (It marked the first multiple-interception game of Griffin’s young career. He threw only five interceptions all of last season).
Two plays later, McCoy took the handoff, made defensive back E.J. Biggers miss, sent safety Bacarri Rambo sprawling and raced the rest of the way unchallenged for a 34-yard touchdown.
Griffin and the Redskins’ offense finally seemed to settle into a rhythm midway through the third quarter. Griffin completed 4 of 5 passes on a 55-yard drive that stalled at the Philadelphia 22. But Forbath missed a 40-yard field goal attempt, extending Washington’s scoring drought.
Washington finally put it together on its final possession of the third quarter. Griffin completed 5 of 7 passes on an eight-play, 66-yard drive capped by a five-yard touchdown run by Morris.
The Redskins’ defense forced another turnover when Josh Wilson jarred the ball free from wide receiver Jason Avant’s grasp, and linebacker Perry Riley Jr. recovered at the Philadelphia 29.
That gave Griffin and company a short field to work with, and the quarterback completed a 10-yard touchdown strike to Hankerson. The two-point conversion pass attempt fell short, and the score stood at 33-20. The Redskins had two more offensive possessions down the stretch, but had to punt on the first. Hankerson caught a 24-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes left. But Washington failed to recover an onside kick, and Philadelphia escaped with the victory.