The Eagles beat Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, 24-16, on Sunday for their first home win since Sept. 30 of 2012. (AP)
In their most complete game this year, the Eagles treated their home crowd to the first win at the Linc in more than 400 days.
Even though they seemed destined to give that long-awaited home win away in the fourth quarter.
LeSean McCoy went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and scored two touchdowns, Nick Foles improved to 4-1 as a starter, and the defense forced two critical red-zone turnovers as the Eagles exorcised their Linc demons with a 24-16 win over the Redskins (see 10 observations).
Of course, it wouldn’t have been an Eagles home game without major drama. After seemingly having the game wrapped up early, with a 24-0 lead going into the fourth, the Eagles allowed two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to make it a one-possession game.
More than three minutes remained when the Eagles were stopped on 3rd-and-4, a Foles run that fell short, and Donnie Jones boomed a punt to the Redskins’ 4-yard line, forcing the 'Skins to go 96 yards just to tie the game and salvage an overtime.
Robert Griffin III led his team to the Eagles’ 18-yard line but was under pressure with about 35 seconds to play and heaved the ball into the end zone, where Brandon Boykin picked it off. The 10-game home drought, the longest in Linc history and the NFL’s longest active streak, became history, and the Eagles won their third straight game to go back over .500.
The Eagles won at the Linc for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, when they climbed to 3-1 with a 19-17 win over the Giants. Instead of falling apart, as they did after that Giants win, these Eagles look primed to make a run as they enter the bye week.
They’ve won three straight for the first time this season and are back over the .500 mark (6-5) for the first time since beating the Redskins (3-7) in the season opener at FedEx Field.
The Redskins had scored 57 points in their past two games and carried the league’s fifth-best total offense into the game, but the Eagles’ improving defense bottled up RG3 for most of the game.
The fourth quarter looked reminiscent of the opener, when the Redskins rallied from a 33-7 deficit to make it a 33-27 finish.
The Eagles were already up 14-0 in the second quarter on rushing touchdowns by Foles and McCoy when Connor Barwin’s sack of Griffin inside the Eagles’ 10-yard line caused a fumble that Fletcher Cox recovered.
Foles improved to 4-1 as a starter, and yes, he’s the starter. Rebounding from his home clunker against the Cowboys four weeks ago, his last start at the Linc, he completed 17 of 26 passes for 298 yards. He also ran for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Foles still hasn’t thrown a pick this year. Strangely, he hasn’t thrown a touchdown in two straight starts at home.
Griffin, who passed for 329 yards and two touchdowns in the opener, didn’t heat up until late in the game. He had just seven completions going into the fourth but finished 17 of 35 for 264 yards with two touchdowns, an interception and a lost fumble. He rushed 10 times for 44 yards.
Go with McCoy, who managed to come back from a hamstring injury and total 150 yards despite facing seven and sometimes eight men in the box. He scored his first rushing TD since Week 8 and caught the third-longest pass of his career, a 49-yarder on a wheel route to set up Foles’ rushing TD.
It’s hard to believe the Redskins were a scoring juggernaut coming into the game. Great quarterbacks have bad days now and then, but Griffin’s second-quarter fumble really deflated his team and took the 'Skins out of the game early. His last-gasp heave into the end zone was a terrible decision.
Plenty of Eagles to choose from, but gotta give it to Brandon Boykin for his last-drive heroics, coming up with his fourth pick of the season in the end zone to crush the Redskins’ comeback bid.
Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan didn’t have a sack and looked lost in coverage on McCoy's 49-yard catch.
McCoy left with a hamstring injury in the second quarter but returned and appeared to be fine after he came back. Foles appeared to have some arm soreness in the first half but pushed through it. Matt Barkley briefly took warmup passes on the sideline. Right tackle Lane Johnson appeared to be limping at times in the third but never left the game.
Patrick Chung, starting at safety for Earl Wolff, left after suffering a throat injury and biting his tongue in the first quarter. He returned, but safety Colt Anderson later left with an ankle injury.
Redskins leading receiver Pierre Garcon returned after a brief stint on the sideline, but Washington lost second-leading receiver Jordan Reed (concussion) and third-leading receiver Leonard Hankerson (knee).
Did you know?
The Eagles eclipsed 400 offensive yards for the ninth time in 11 games. The previous franchise record for 400-yard games in a season was eight, set in 2011.
QB Michael Vick, WR Damaris Johnson, CB Fletcher Cox, S Earl Wolff, LB Jake Knott, OT Dennis Kelly, LB Mychal Kendricks (see story).
The Eagles finally have their bye week. They’re off next Sunday and don’t play again until Dec. 1 against Arizona, another game at the Linc. The Cards improved to 6-4 on Sunday by defeating the Jaguars.