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Four takeaways from the Commanders’ 32-21 win over the Eagles

Commanders kicker Joey Slye celebrates after a 58-yard field goal during the second quarter of the game against the Eagles. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Commanders improved to 5-5 with a 32-21 win over the previously undefeated Eagles on “Monday Night Football.” Here are four takeaways from the game.

Upset win puts Washington in the thick of the playoff race: Double-digit underdogs, the Commanders executed their ball-control game plan to perfection in the first half, forced three turnovers and then hung on to hand the Eagles their first loss in front of a stunned crowd at Lincoln Financial Field. Coupled with a win at 11-0 Pittsburgh in 2020, it’s the second time in three years Washington has upset a team that was 8-0 or better in a Monday night game on the road.

The surprising win over the league’s last remaining undefeated team improved the Commanders to 5-5, leaving them a half-game back of the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC’s seventh and final playoff spot with seven games remaining. Next up for Washington is a road date with the Houston Texans, who fell to 1-7-1 on Sunday.

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