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article imageNFL: Philly gets on track with 20-13 win over Redskins

By Austin Tyler     Oct 16, 2011 in Sports
Washington - At the beginning of the season quarterback Rex Grossman said the Washington Redskins would win their division, and so far it seems true as they got a good 3-1 start. The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be front runner, but have struggled so far.
This Week 6 matchup put two division rivals against one another with the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) visiting the Washington Redskins (3-2). The Redskins were the favorite to win this game as they have been playing tremendous behind the arm of Grossman. Well his arm fell apart today as the Eagles got a much needed victory 20-13 over the Redskins. The Eagles have give up second half leads, but was able to hold on today to finish the game.
The Eagles got the ball to begin the game and went three and out quick as they had to punt the ball away to the Redskins. The Redskins got the ball and began to get moving on their drive as Rex Grossman (9/22, 143 yards, 4 Int’s) connected with Fred Davis (6 receptions, 95 yards) for a 12-yard gain and a first down. Grossman then tried to hit Davis with another pass, but Kurt Coleman stepped in to pick it off. Coleman intercepted the Grossman pass and returned 24-yards before being forced out of bounds.
With good field position, the Eagles began to move the ball down the field as they went 64-yards on the drive. Michael Vick (18/31, 237 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) hit DeSean Jackson (3 receptions, 46 yards) with a 23-yard pass. LeSean McCoy (28 carries, 126 yards, 1 TD) then got the ball moving on the ground as they mixed in the run and pass. McCoy broke an 11 and 2 yard run before Vick connected with Brent Celek (4 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD) for a 7-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles was able to take advantage of the turnover and take a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles got the ball back with 4:55 to go in the first quarter after a three and out by the Redskins. Vick hit Jeremy Maclin (5 receptions, 101 yards) on back-to-back passes for 7 and 10 yards. Jackson then caught a 12-yard pass to keep the drive going and pickup a first down. McCoy then broke a 21-yard run before he ran in for a 1-yard touchdown to make it a 14-0 game.
The Redskins offense continued to struggle as they went five plays and out, having to punt the ball right back to the Eagles. Vick conncected with Maclin again, but this time it was for 16-yards. He then hit Celeck with a 21 yard pitch and catch before McCoy ran for a 11-yard gain to keep the chains moving. The drive then stalled as Vick threw three incomplete passes and Alex Henery had to come on for field-goal. Henery kicked in a 28-yard field-goal that made it a 17-0 lead with 11:56 left in the half.
On the ensuing drive the Redskins had the ball and Grossman dropped back to throw deep pass, but has it picked off by Nate Allen. Allen gave the ball back to the Eagles after a 13-yard return. Vick then scrambled for 25-yards to start the drive off getting them to the Redskins 47-yardline. McCoy then broke an 11-yard run, but then had two runs for no gain and the Eagles were forced into another field-goal. Henery came on and kicked in a 24-yard field-goal to make it a 20-0 game.
With 2:27 left in the half the Redskins seemed to get something going as the Grossman connected with Davis for gains of 17 and 18 yards. Grossman also hit Donte Stallworth with a 12-yard pass to give them a first down. The drive then stalled for the Redskins and Greg Gano came on to attempt 50-yard field-goal. Gano’s kick was good and the Redskins finally got on the board 20-3 with .30 seconds left.
The Redskins got the ball to open the second half and got a big return from Brandon Banks who had a 47-yard return to give them good field-position. Grossman and Jabar Gaffney (2 receptions, 55 yards) then connected for 45-yards on a flea-flicker. Ryan Torain (10 carries, 22 yards) then got the ball and carried it for a 6 and 1 yard gain before the drive stalled. Gano came on and kicked a 26-yard field-goal to make it a 20-6 game.
The Eagles tried to answer with a drive of their own as they moved the ball with a deep pass to Maclin from Vick for a 59-yard gain. Philly looked like they were going to be able to keep the drive going, but Vick threw a pass that was intercepted by Oshiomogho Atogwe. The interception gave the Redskins the ball on their own 1-yardline.
Washington could not do anything with the turnover and was forced to punt the ball away after four-plays. On the Eagles drive Vick scrambled for a 20-yard gain and was hit and injured by LaRon Landry. Vick left the game with and they brought in Vince Young to replace him and he threw one pass which was an interception to DeAngelo Hall.
The Redskins took over, but could not keep the ball long as Grossman threw another interception that picked off again by Coleman. The Eagles got the ball, but could not capitliaze on the drive as they only gained 39-yards on the drive before being forced to punt.
After the punt the Redskins tried to get the ball moving, but Grossman threw another interceptions. Coleman was there again and picked the pass off as Grossman tried to hit Gaffney. Once again the Eagles could not capitalize on the Redskins turnover as this time they went three and out and punted the ball away back to the Redskins.
Washington decided to make a change a quarterback and brought John Beck (8/15, 117 yards) to replace Grossman. Beck connected on his first pass with Daivs for 11-yards, and then ran for 12-yards on a scramble. Beck then connected with Santana Moss (2 receptions, 38 yards) for a 23-yard pass to keep the drive going. The drive then stalled as Beck had two incomplete passes and one that went for just 3-yards.
The Eagles got the ball after the punt and their offense continues to struggle in the second half as they scored no points at all. Philly moved the ball with a mix of run and pass, but in the end still had to punt the ball away.
Beck finally got the Redskins offense moving as they marched 80-yards on this drive. Beck hit Gaffney and Moss for big gains. Beck then hit Stallworth with a 15-yard pass to keep the drive alive. Beck then connected with Terrence Austin for a 32-yard gain before he ran in for a two-yard touchdown run. The touchdown made it a 20-13 game with 2:44 left in the game.
The Eagles ran the clock out with McCoy making the Redskins use all their timeouts. Vick then took three knees to end the game.
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