With 7:26 to play in the fourth quarter, the game tied and Washington facing fourth and one from the Philadelphia 4-yard line, Rivera called a timeout and then left his offense on the field rather than attempt a short field goal. Running back Peyton Barber picked up the first down on a pitch to the right side. Two plays later, Barber dove across the goal line for his second short-yardage touchdown of the game to give Washington, which fell behind 17-0 in the first half, its first lead.
Rivera probably won’t be happy with Washington’s seven penalties, including several in crucial moments, but the largest comeback win against the Eagles in franchise history is a decent way to begin his time in Washington.
Ryan Kerrigan sets sack record as the D-line dominates: Kerrigan had two sacks, moving him past Dexter Manley as the franchise’s all-time leader in that category with 92. The 10th-year veteran also had a fumble recovery late on a combined strip-sack by Daron Payne and Chase Young that helped seal the win.
Washington’s eight sacks were its most since it had 10 in a 2014 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, which also was the last time Washington won its home opener. Young was impressive in his NFL debut, forcing the Eagles to settle for a field goal with a strip-sack of Wentz in the first quarter. A split sack by Matthew Ioannidis and Jonathan Allen in the third quarter led to a long field goal attempt that fell just short, while Jon Bostic’s sack on a blitz late in the third quarter resulted in a turnover on downs in Philadelphia territory and the eventual game-tying field goal.
Yes, the Eagles were banged up along the offensive line, with rookie Jake Driscoll starting in place of the injured Lane Johnson at right tackle, but Washington’s defensive line was as good as advertised.
Dwayne Haskins rebounds: Haskins’s final stat line was nothing special (17 for 31 for 178 yards), but he recovered nicely after a horrid start. The second-year quarterback was 1 for 6 to begin the game as Washington had more penalty yards (25) than total yards (23) in the first quarter.
Haskins was 3 for 12 when he took the field with less than two minutes to play in the first half after Fabian Moreau intercepted Wentz at the Philadelphia 45-yard line. He completed all four of his passes on Washington’s ensuing drive, including a six-yard touchdown strike to tight end Logan Thomas that cut the Eagles’ lead to 17-7 at the half.
Haskins’s accuracy remained strong in the second half. After Jimmy Moreland gave Washington excellent field position by returning his first career interception to the Philadelphia 20-yard line in the third quarter, Haskins connected with Steven Sims Jr. for a 17-yard gain that set up Barber’s first touchdown. He also had a key third-down completion to Dontrelle Inman on Washington’s go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
Antonio Gibson has a relatively quiet debut: The rookie third-round pick, whom coaches raved about during training camp, was a big part of Washington’s offensive game plan. Gibson received the first two carries of the game, which resulted in a loss of one yard. He finished with 36 yards rushing on nine attempts, with 20 of those yards coming on one carry.
Gibson also had two catches while sharing the load with Barber (17 carries for 29 yards) and J.D. McKissic (three carries, minus-2 yards). Washington managed only 80 yards on 36 carries but still outrushed Philadelphia, which was without starter Miles Sanders and limited to 57 yards on the ground.
Read below for highlights from Sunday’s season opener:
Final: Washington beats Eagles, 27-17, in season opener
The Washington Football Team opened its season with a 27-17 win over the Eagles at FedEx Field.
Washington, which finished with eight sacks, scored 27 unanswered points after falling behind 17-0 in the first half, marking its largest comeback against Philadelphia in franchise history. (Washington 27, Eagles 17)
Washington looks to ice the game after forcing another Eagles turnover
Daron Payne and Chase Young sandwiched Carson Wentz for a strip-sack on Philadelphia’s next possession. Ryan Kerrigan recovered the ball and returned it to the Philadelphia 16-yard line, and Washington’s offense took the field looking to ice the clock. (Washington 27, Philadelphia 17, 3:15 left in the fourth quarter)
Washington takes 10-point lead on Dustin Hopkins field goal
The fake home crowd noise on Fox’s broadcast went wild after Washington took a two-score lead on a 40-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with 3:25 to play. Dwayne Haskins moved Washington into field goal position with a 19-yard completion to Steven Sims Jr. (Washington 27, Philadelphia 17, 3:25 left in the fourth quarter)
Washington takes over on downs in Philadelphia territory late in the fourth quarter
With 4:35 remaining in the fourth quarter, Philadelphia went for it on fourth-and-three from its own 42-yard line. Carson Wentz had tight end Zach Ertz open over the middle, but the tight end dropped the ball and Washington took over on downs. The Eagles are 0 for 2 on fourth down in the game. (Washington 24, Philadelphia 17, 4:31 left in the fourth quarter)
Washington takes first lead, 24-17, after fourth-down gamble
With 7:26 to play in the fourth quarter and Washington facing fourth-and-one from the Philadelphia 4-yard line after Dwayne Haskins slid short of the line to gain and took a big hit from safety Jalen Mills, Ron Rivera called timeout. Rather than attempt a short field goal, Rivera elected to keep his offense on the field and Peyton Barber picked up the first down on the next play on a pitch to the outside.
Two plays later, Barber dove across the goal line for his second short touchdown of the game, giving Washington, which once trailed 17-0, its first lead. (Washington 24, Philadelphia 17, 6:13 left in the fourth quarter)
Ryan Kerrigan sets Washington sack record
The Eagles are down to their third-string right tackle and Washington’s defensive line is taking full advantage. Ryan Kerrigan’s second sack was Washington’s seventh of the game and moved him past Dexter Manley and into sole possession of first-place on the franchise’s all-time sack list with 92. (Washington 17, Philadelphia 17, 12:27 left in the fourth quarter)
Washington ties the game on Dustin Hopkins field goal
Washington drove to the Eagles’ 20-yard line, but Dwayne Haskins’ pass to J.D. McKissic on third-and-three was broken up by safety Marcus Epps. Dustin Hopkins, who missed earlier from 48 yards, was good from 38 to tie the score. Philadelphia once led 17-0. (Washington 17, Eagles 17, 14:15 left in the fourth quarter)
Washington trails 17-14 at the start of the fourth quarter
After Carson Wentz overthrew Greg Ward Jr. on third-and-four from the Washington 45-yard line late in the third quarter, Eagles Coach Doug Pederson kept his offense on the field. Wentz didn’t have a chance on the next play, as linebacker Jon Bostic came untouched on a blitz up the middle and sacked him for a loss of nine.
The turnover on downs gave Washington the ball at the Philadelphia 46-yard line after a drive that saw an interception by Kevin Pierre-Louis deep in Eagles territory negated by an offside penalty on Matt Ioannidis. (Philadelphia 17, Washington 14, end of the third quarter)
Eagles’ Jake Elliott misses a 53-yard field goal attempt
Philadelphia appeared poised to add to its lead after driving to the Washington 22-yard line, but a sack of Carson Wentz by Jonathan Allen, Washington’s fifth of the game, resulted in a 13-yard loss. Jake Elliott’s ensuing 53-yard field goal attempt was straight down the middle, but landed in the end zone, a few yards short of the cross bar. (Philadelphia 17, Washington 14, 5:35 left in the third quarter)
Washington cuts Eagles’ lead to 17-14 in the third quarter
A strip-sack of Dwayne Haskins that pinned Washington deep in its own territory gave Philadelphia excellent field position on its second possession of the third quarter, but the Eagles failed to take advantage. Jimmy Moreland intercepted Carson Wentz’s first pass of the ensuing drive and returned it to the Philadelphia 20-yard line. Five plays later, Peyton Barber plowed into the end zone on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Wentz has missed on his last six throws, including two interceptions. The pick was the first of Moreland’s career. (Philadelphia 17, Washington 14, 9:25 third quarter)
Halftime: Eagles 17, Washington 7
Washington salvaged a mostly disappointing first half for the home team with a late touchdown off an Eagles turnover, but will have to play better on both sides of the ball to avoid opening the season with a loss. Dwayne Haskins completed his final four passes of the half after starting 3 for 12, with wide receiver Terry McLaurin (three catches for 43 yards) his top target. Rookie Antonio Gibson has a game-high 33 yards rushing yards on six carries.
The Washington defense sacked Carson Wentz four times, including three on one possession, and rookie Chase Young forced the Eagles to settle for a field goal with the first sack-fumble of his career.
Despite the pressure, Wentz managed to pass for 182 yards and two touchdowns, his only mistake an interception by Fabian Moreau late in the second quarter. The Eagles were 4 for 8 on third down and Washington was fortunate Wentz slightly overthrew Jalen Reagor on a deep ball in the final minute, as the rookie had safety Troy Apke beat.
Washington capitalizes on turnover, cuts Eagles’ lead to 17-7 on Logan Thomas TD
With 1:37 remaining in the first half and the Eagles looking to add to their 17-0 lead, Washington cornerback Fabian Moreau made a leaping interception of a Carson Wentz pass intended for rookie Jalen Reagor at the Philadelphia 45-yard line. Washington capitalized on its best starting field position of the game.
Dwayne Haskins’s six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Logan Thomas was his fourth completion of the ensuing drive, one more than he had in the game before Philadelphia’s turnover. (Philadelphia 17, Washington 7, :40 left in the second quarter)
Eagles lead 17-0 in second quarter after Dallas Goedert TD catch
Washington’s secondary has offered little resistance against quarterback Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ tight ends. Wentz capped a five-play drive with a 34-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert, who beat linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and safety Troy Apke and made a nice adjustment for an over-the-shoulder catch on the play. Apke was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit earlier in the drive.
Wentz is 12 for 15 for 174 yards and two touchdown passes in the game. (Philadelphia 17, Washington 0, 6:54 left in second quarter)
Dustin Hopkins misses 48-yard field goal
Washington finally got something going offensively on its fourth drive, but the nine-play march culminated with a missed 48-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. The key plays on the drive were a 19-yard run by Dwayne Haskins on third-and-six and a 14-yard screen pass to Steven Sims Jr.
Rookie running back Antonio Gibson had three carries for 14 yards on the drive, while Haskins was lucky his third-down pass that preceded Hopkins’s miss, intended for tight end Logan Thomas, wasn’t intercepted. (Philadelphia 10, Washington 0, 9:24 left in the second quarter)