Final

Eagles 6

(3-7, 1-4 away)

Redskins 31

(4-6, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 18, 2012

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 0 3 3 06
WSH 7 10 7 731

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (PHI) - 204 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Griffin III (WSH) - 12 CAR, 84 YDS

Receiving: L. McCoy (PHI) - 6 REC, 67 YDS

Robert Griffin III throws 4 TD passes as Redskins blow out Eagles

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- There was some serious scoreboard watching in the Washington Redskins locker room. A near-perfect game from Robert Griffin III buoyed the hopes of a team that hadn't won a game in over a month.

"Did Dallas lose?" right guard Kory Lichtensteiger asked a group of reporters.

In the Philadelphia Eagles locker room, it was the same old same old. The losing streak had reached six games, accelerating the countdown toward the possible end of Andy Reid's 14-year tenure as coach.

"I don't know how it can get much worse," tight end Brent Celek said.

Sunday's meeting for last place in the NFC East left a thick line between the Redskins and Eagles. The 31-6 victory allows Washington (4-6) to feel like a playoff contender for at least a few more days, while Philadelphia (3-7) is doomed to spending six more weeks enduring endless questions about the future of the franchise.

"We knew this game right here was going to be make or break for either one of our teams," Washington linebacker London Fletcher said.

The Redskins' hopes remain intact largely because of Griffin, who completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards, including touchdown passes of 6, 49, 61 and 17 -- one in each quarter. He also ran 12 times for 84 yards and was again serenaded with chants of "RG3."

"I'm tired of talking about Robert," said Santana Moss, who leaped between two defenders and fought his way into the end zone for the 61-yard score in the third quarter. "Nothing's going to change; Robert's going to go out there and be special. That's the gift that he has, he's a special guy. He brings that kind of `specialness.' I don't know if that's a word, but he brings it to our offense."

There was another chant in the final minutes, the familiar "We want Dallas!" The Redskins have a short week before heading to Texas for a Thanksgiving visit to the Cowboys (5-5), who, by the way, pulled out the win in overtime against the Browns.

"If we had lost today, we're going into this next week with a whole different mindset of, hey, `spoiler' -- maybe fight to see if the stars align just right," Lichtensteiger said. "But now we have a legitimate shot with the way this division is right now. There's definitely a belief right now."

That's a long way from the statement Mike Shanahan made after a loss to Carolina, when the coach pretty much gave up on the postseason and talked about evaluating talent for next year. Shanahan has since changed his tune and says every game the rest of the way is like a playoff game.

"It was a game we had to have," Shanahan said Sunday. "We knew that."

The Redskins also finally found a formula for beating a rookie quarterback: force turnovers and have your own rookie play better. The defense got three takeaways and four sacks while facing Nick Foles, the third-round pick from Arizona who was making his first NFL start because Michael Vick is sidelined with a concussion.

Foles' first drive ended with a pass tipped to DeAngelo Hall for an interception. Foles also got picked on his second drive when he threw into double coverage to safety Brandon Meriweather, who made his season debut after missing the Redskins' first nine games with a knee injury.

The win snapped the Redskins' remarkable eight-game losing streak against rookie quarterbacks that began in 2006.

"That's the kind of football we've been wanting to play all year," said Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. "And especially with Philly having a young quarterback, we wanted to really get after him."

Still, the Eagles with Foles resembled the Eagles with Vick: capable of moving the ball downfield, only to have all the hard work negated by turnovers, penalties and a patchwork offensive line.

Philadelphia entered the game with an NFC-worst minus-11 turnover differential; it's now minus-14. The Eagles committed nine penalties for 70 yards, including a pair of first-quarter false starts by right guard Jake Scott, who has been with the team less than a week.

Foles, who made his NFL debut in relief last week after Vick was injured, completed 21 for 46 for 204 yards. LeSean McCoy had 15 carries for 45 yards before being carted off in the final two minutes with a concussion.

"I don't sense a lack of focus," said Reid, who declined to directly answer a question about his job security. "That's not what I sense. I see them playing hard. I see them focusing in at practice. At times, maybe we're trying too hard."

Game notes


The Eagles have their longest in-season losing streak since dropping seven in a row at the end of 1994. ... Griffin completed passes to nine receivers and has only three interceptions in 277 attempts this season. Foles already has three in just 78 attempts. ... Washington last beat a rookie quarterback on Dec. 24, 2005, a 24-9 win over Ryan Fitzpatrick and the St. Louis Rams. ... Meriweather, who had been sidelined with a left knee injury, hurt his right knee in the third quarter, but he's expected to play against Dallas. ... Washington WR Pierre Garcon returned from a foot injury and caught three passes for 5 yards. ... Penalties remain a problem for the Redskins: 13 for 80 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
WSH
1st Downs1615
Passing 1st downs
107
Rushing 1st downs
27
1st downs from penalties
41
3rd down efficiency
7-195-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays7151
Total Yards257361
Yards per play3.67.1
Total Drives1113
Passing177192
Comp-Att
21-4614-15
Yards per pass
3.511.3
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-272-8
Rushing80169
Rushing Attempts
2134
Yards per rush
3.85.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties9-7013-80
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:2428:36

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Foles21/462044.4024-27
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Griffin III14/1520013.3402-8

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy15453.009
Brown5357.0014
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Griffin III12847.0028
Morris20763.8020

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy66711.2025
Cooper56112.2023
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss16161.0161
Robinson14949.0149

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIWSH
wshTD13:13Darrel Young 6 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 9 yds, 0:45
07
SECOND QUARTERPHIWSH
phiFG14:19Alex Henery 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 61 yds, 5:03
37
wshTD10:45Aldrick Robinson 49 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:40
314
wshFG0:02Kai Forbath 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 3 plays, 7 yds, 0:27
317
THIRD QUARTERPHIWSH
phiFG8:32Alex Henery 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 23 yds, 4:05
617
wshTD5:02Santana Moss 61 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 3:37
624
FOURTH QUARTERPHIWSH
wshTD10:35Logan Paulsen 17 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yds, 2:41
631

Research Notes

The Eagles ranked among the 3 best teams in the league in terms of opponent completion percentage, yards per attempt and Total QBR through Week 6. But since defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired on October 16th, the Eagles rank last in the NFL in all 3 of those categories.
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Robert Griffin III had a Total QBR of 93.7 in Washington's win over the Eagles, his 3rd game with a 90+ QBR this season. Entering today, only Peyton Manning (5) had more than 3 such games in 2012.
NEXT LEVEL: Nick Foles had a rough day in his NFL starting debut, completing under 50 percent of his passes with no TDs and 2 interceptions. His Total QBR followed suit as it was the 4th-lowest by any rookie in his debut over the last 5 seasons.
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Nick Foles had a 7.2 Total QBR on Sunday. That's lower than any QBR by Michael Vick in any game since 2008 (min. 5 action plays).
The Redskins defense sent at least five pass rushers on 21 of Nick Foles' 50 dropbacks on Sunday, and Foles finished 9-of-20 for 92 yards and both interceptions against added pressure. Washington's 42.0 percent of dropbacks with added pressure was its second-highest percentage this season.
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Robert Griffin III had his most efficient day of the season against a standard pass rush, finishing 11-of-12 for 184 yards and three touchdowns against four or fewer pass rushers. Both of Griffin's throws at least 30 yards downfield came against a standard rush, a 49-yard touchdown to Aldrick Robinson and 61-yard touchdown to Santana Moss. Griffin's average throw against four or fewer rushers was 13.3 yards downfield, his deepest of the season.
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