Washington Redskins’ DeSean Jackson, right, breaks free from Philadelphia Eagles’ Cary Williams for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
DeSean Jackson had five receptions for 117 yards and scored a huge 81-yard touchdown in his first game back in Philadelphia since he was released by the Eagles, but it wouldn’t be enough to stop the Eagles from defeating Washington’s NFL team, 37-34, on Sept. 21 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, left, hands off to running back Alfred Morris during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Tensions soared just a few minutes into the game. Jackson made a first-down catch and was hit late by Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jackson immediately shoved Jenkins, and was subsequently shoved by Nate Allen, who was penalized for unnecessary roughness.
Washington took an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a short touchdown pass to fullback Darrel Young in the first quarter. Philadelphia responded with a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown by running back Chris Polk. Washington’s Pierre Garcon, who led his team with 11 receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown, responded by scoring to give Washington a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Washington kicker Kai Forbath made two field goals, including one from 49 yards out. Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles responded by connecting with rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews twice in the end zone, resulting in giving the Eagles the lead, 21-20, at halftime.
Philadelphia rookie kicker Cody Parkey made a 38-yard field goal on the first drive of the second half, and another from 33 yards a few minutes later. Washington’s Jackson tied the game at 27-27 with a 81-yard touchdown. He was met with boos after he taunted the Eagles by flapping his wings in the end zone.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Peters, right, and Washington Redskins’ Chris Baker, left, tussle after a fourth-quarter play as line judge Darryll Lewis tries to break it up during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. Both players were ejected. Philadelphia won 37-34. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, David Maialetti)
Officials try to break up a scuffle between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
The already hostile game took a turn for the worse in the fourth quarter with a bench-clearing brawl on Washington’s sideline. The Eagles Foles was blindsided by Washington’s Chris Baker during an apparent Bashaud Breelan interception. In midst of the ensuing brawl, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters threw a punch at Baker. Both players were ejected from the game and the interception was subsequently reversed to an incomplete pass.
Following the game’s brawl interruption, Philadelphia wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught a crucial pass at the edge of the sideline, followed by a 27-yard touchdown reception to give the Eagles a 34-27 lead in the fourth quarter. Thereafter, a Cousins pass, intended for tight end Niles Paul, was intercepted at Washington’s 41-yard line, which set up a Parkey 51-yard field goal to put the game out of reach.
Washington’s defeat was sealed when Roy Helu, Jr. of the Eagles rushed for a touchdown with less than two minutes left to play.
Cousins threw for a career-high 427 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the effort, while Foles threw 325 yards and three touchdowns.
Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall was injured in the third quarter. Hall told reporters he tore his Achilles and will undergo an MRI.
Philadelphia improved to 3-0 with the win. Washington (1-2) faces the New York Giants (1-2) at home on Sept. 25.