PHILADELPHIA, NOV. 8 -- "Buddy-Ball Has Arrived," said the banner at Veterans Stadium, and after the Philadelphia Eagles pulled out their second last-minute victory in two weeks, a lot of the skeptics may agree.

"These are the types of games we used to lose," said wide receiver Gregg Garrity, who caught today's game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass from Randall Cunningham with 66 seconds remaining. "The difference now is that Randall has grown up so much since last year."

Last week, Cunningham led the Eagles on a 70-yard drive that ended with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Garrity with 40 seconds left that beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 28-23. Today, Coach Buddy Ryan's Eagles beat the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins, 31-27.

"Right now, this is the best feeling I've had since I've been with the club," said six-year veteran Mike Quick, who caught touchdown passes of six and 32 yards. "For us to be in this situation is just a new experience. This kid {Cunningham} can do anything. When we needed a big play, he scrambled 45 yards {setting up a first-quarter touchdown}. When we needed touchdowns, he threw touchdown passes. And at the end, when it was crunch time, this whole team played like it was prime time."

Cunningham completed 18 of 36 passes for 268 yards, and scrambled for 80 yards on 11 carries. He has had impressive numbers at other times in his three-year career, but the former running quarterback at Nevada-Las Vegas never managed to put the Eagles on top in close games.

Even today, another performance looked as though it would be wasted. Cunningham's 32-yard touchdown pass to Quick gave the Eagles a 24-21 lead with 7:13 remaining, but Philadelphia's defense, which had been so impressive much of the game, collapsed. The Redskins took a 27-24 lead with 2:29 left on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jay Schroeder to Gary Clark.

"On the sidelines, we were saying. 'Let's do it like last week,' " said halfback Andrew Toney. "Then we did it, but they came back and scored. But no one gave up. We just said, 'Let's go do it again.' "

Ryan, known to exaggerate both when he was defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears and in his two years with the Eagles, was quickly at it today in a postgame news conference he conducted like a two-minute drill.

"Randall made people start believing that he's way ahead of {Denver quarterback John} Elway," said Ryan. "Nobody wants to move him to running back or wide receiver anymore, so he's arrived . . . at least I don't get those calls anymore."

There were other questionable calls, though. The Eagles attempted an end zone pass (incomplete) on fourth and one at the Washington 7 and tried a fourth-quarter reverse flea-flicker that resulted in a 15-yard sack.

"I made a couple of dumb calls that hurt us," said Ryan, who walked on the field and yelled at Washington's Darryl Grant for making a late hit on Cunningham in the first half. "But we are trying to win the game, not lose it . . . When you play games like this -- big games -- you've got to pull out all the stops with whatever it takes. You don't do it by going in there afraid to do something."

A few Eagles defenders, however, suggested that may have been part of Schroeder's problem today as he suffered through a career-worst 16-of-46 day.

In the opener, Schroeder suffered a sprained right shoulder when he was sacked by Philadelphia's Reggie White. He was under heavy pressure again today from White, rookie tackle Jerome Brown and a blitz package that increased in intensity throughout the game.