Final

Redskins 27

(9-6, 5-3 away)

Eagles 20

(4-11, 2-6 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 23, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 13 14 027
PHI 7 3 3 720

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (PHI) - 345 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 22 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Maclin (PHI) - 8 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Robert Griffin III returns as Redskins close in on NFC East title

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Griffin III showed he can win games without using his legs. One more victory puts the Washington Redskins in the playoffs.

Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Redskins (9-6) are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years. Washington can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday -- and in prime time after the NFL said it would move the game to NBC's "Sunday Night Football".

The Redskins haven't won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007. They could still back into the postseason with a loss.

"We're already onto the next one," Griffin said. "You don't celebrate wins at this point of the season."

Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the Redskins 5 before his intentional grounding penalty ended the game.

Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles (4-11) fell short in what could've been Andy Reid's last game coaching the team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year. The Eagles, who are missing the playoffs for the second straight year after coming in with huge expectations, finish at the New York Giants.

"I have nothing to tell you on that," Reid said. "I'm the coach right now."

A sprained right knee forced Griffin to miss last week's win at Cleveland. The rookie had a season-low 4 yards rushing but made several big throws to lead Washington.

"Anytime you wear a brace, it's going to restrict your motion," Griffin said. "It didn't slow me down by any means. I felt like myself out there. That's why they call me quarterback. It's not abbreviated with running quarterback. I have to throw the ball and assist guys by handing off."

Griffin was 16 of 24 for 198 yards. He did throw the first interception made by the Eagles in nine games. They hadn't picked off one since Week 6 against Detroit before Colt Anderson intercepted Griffin's tipped pass in the fourth quarter.

That set up a 17-yard TD run by Dion Lewis that cut Washington's lead to 27-20 midway through the fourth.

The Eagles held on defense, forced a punt and started their last drive at their 15. They were at the Washington 17 when Foles bounced a pass to Jeremy Maclin, who was open in the right corner of the end zone on third down. Foles then hit LeSean McCoy for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-2 to the 5 with 11 seconds left. After an incompletion where Evan Moore dropped a pass near the goal line, Foles was called for grounding, and the last second was automatically run off the clock.

"In that situation, the clock is the most important thing," Foles said. "I didn't feel like anyone was open and was just trying to make a play. I just have to make sure the ball gets to line of scrimmage. That's on me."

While the Redskins celebrated, the Eagles ran off the field to a chorus of boos.

There was talk in Philadelphia leading up to the game whether fans would give Reid a cheerful send-off. The crowd didn't acknowledge him when he took the field before the pregame introductions, but some chanted "Andy! Andy!" in support when he left.

"We have great fans," said Reid, who gave a slight wave as he walked into the tunnel. "I understand the situation. I appreciate everything."

Griffin was injured late in the fourth quarter of an overtime win against Baltimore two weeks ago. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins stepped in and led the Redskins to the tying and winning scores in that game and then a victory at Cleveland.

But having RG III back, even if he was limited, was a boost for the Redskins.

"He's a guy we count on to lead us," receiver Santana Moss said. "He's a born leader and he came in here with that mentality. We are very fortunate to have him."

The Redskins and Eagles were both 3-6 when they met last month. Before that game, Washington coach Mike Shanahan suggested the playoffs were out of reach and it was time to play out the string.

It may have motivated his players. The Redskins haven't lost since, beating the Cowboys, Giants and Ravens in the process.

"They know what it means," Shanahan said. "They've been working toward this opportunity to win the division. Any time you win the division, everybody knows you have a home game in the playoffs. We talked about that from Day 1. They knew what we had to do to get there. We haven't accomplished anything yet."

The Redskins went up 20-10 on the opening drive of the third quarter. Griffin threw a 29-yard pass to Pierre Garcon to get it started and Alfred Morris ran in from the 10 for his 10th TD.

Griffin's perfectly thrown 22-yard TD pass to Moss in the left corner of the end zone put the Redskins ahead 27-13 late in the third.

McCoy was back in the lineup after missing the last four games with a concussion. He had 45 yards rushing. Michael Vick was inactive, though he was cleared to play after missing five games with a concussion.

Forbath hit field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the second quarter. The second was his 17th straight, breaking Garrett Hartley's record for consecutive field goals made to start a career.

Game notes


Shanahan has 174 wins, including postseason. He tied Mike Holmgren for 11th all-time in NFL history. ... Morris ran for 96 yards. ... Redskins had a season-high five sacks. ... Only two other times Griffin had less than 10 yards rushing were in losses to Atlanta and Pittsburgh. ... Eagles have committed 36 turnovers while forcing only 13. .... Foles finished 32 of 48 for 345 yards, one TD and one interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
PHI
1st Downs1825
Passing 1st downs
1017
Rushing 1st downs
88
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
5-105-15
4th down efficiency
0-13-4
Total Plays5375
Total Yards313411
Yards per play5.95.5
Total Drives1010
Passing185321
Comp-Att
16-2432-48
Yards per pass
7.46.1
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-135-24
Rushing12890
Rushing Attempts
2822
Yards per rush
4.64.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties3-244-25
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:2330:37

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Griffin III16/241988.3211-13
PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Foles32/483457.2115-24

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris22914.1114
Royster2147.007
PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
McCoy13453.508
Brown4184.509

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Garcon78912.7029
Moss22613.0122
PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maclin811614.5138
McCoy9778.6021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHPHI
phiTD10:15Jeremy Maclin 27 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 76 yds, 4:51
07
SECOND QUARTERWSHPHI
wshFG11:30Kai Forbath 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yds, 3:35
37
wshFG7:42Kai Forbath 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yds, 2:02
67
wshTD3:36Joshua Morgan 11 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 25 yds, 2:45
137
phiFG0:21Alex Henery 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yds, 3:12
1310
THIRD QUARTERWSHPHI
wshTD12:37Alfred Morris 10 Yard Run (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 72 yds, 2:27
2010
phiFG8:06Alex Henery 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yds, 4:32
2013
wshTD1:37Santana Moss 22 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 50 yds, 3:01
2713
FOURTH QUARTERWSHPHI
phiTD9:01Dion Lewis 17 Yard Run (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 61 yds, 2:32
2720

Research Notes

From Elias: Kai Forbath has made his first 17 career FG attempts without a miss, the longest such streak to start a career since the merger.
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NEXT LEVEL: Nick Foles was sacked or under duress on 19 of his 56 dropbacks (33.9 percent) Sunday, including pressure on the last play of the game. This continued a bad trend for the Eagles offensive line as Eagles' quarterbacks have been sacked or under duress on 29.7 percent of their dropbacks this season, the highest percentage in the league. Entering Sunday, the Redskins defense had sacked or put quarterbacks under duress on only 20.2 percent of dropbacks, which ranked 23rd in the league.
NEXT LEVEL: Robert Griffin threw what proved to be a decisive 22-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss in the third quarter, giving him his seventh touchdown pass thrown more than 20 yards downfield this season, including his sixth against divisional opponents. Griffin entered the game completing 46.7 percent of such throws, third-best in the NFL.
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