Washington’s NFL team won the NFC East title and clinched a playoff berth with a 38-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 26 in Philadelphia.
Washington Redskins’ Alfred Morris rushes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
In claiming the division title, Washington also secured a coveted home playoff game.
Washington possessed a 1-5 record on the road heading into their most important game of the season at Philadelphia, but there were also major questions surrounding the Eagles’ injured defense. Ultimately, Philadelphia wasn’t able to stop Washington’s red-hot offense.
Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford was sharp on the Eagles’ opening drive. He completed all four passing attempts for 50 yards, and a pass interference penalty set up running back Ryan Mathews for a short touchdown.
Washington Redskins’ Jordan Reed, left, scores a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles’ Walter Thurmond in the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Later in the first quarter, Washington tight end Jordan Reed answered with a 22-yard touchdown reception, but kicker Dustin Hopkins missed the extra point.
On Washington’s next possession, Reed scored another touchdown. This time, quarterback Kirk Cousins delivered a 12-yard pass to the tight end, who beat Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks to give Washington a 13-7 lead. Reed finished with nine receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
The first half ended in a bizarre fashion after Washington quickly drove the ball into the red zone as the clock wound down. With six seconds left in the half, Cousins kneeled instead of spiking the ball, and Washington added no additional points despite reaching Philadelphia’s six-yard line.
Midway through the third quarter, Cousins tossed his third touchdown of the game with a 12-yard scoring pass to running back Chris Thompson.
Washington Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall (23) reacts after scoring a touchdown on a fumble in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia struck back with an up-tempo attack, and two minutes later, running back DeMarco Murray reached the end zone for a four-yard rushing touchdown. Philadelphia trailed Washington, 23-17, with four minutes left in the third quarter.
On Philadelphia’s next possession, Murray fumbled a pitch from Bradford at the Eagles’ 22-yard-line. Washington’s DeAngelo Hall scooped up the ball, and ran it in for an easy touchdown. The play was just one of many miscues for the Eagles, who had two lost fumbles and more than a half-dozen dropped passes.
Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
With just under nine minutes to play, Cousins found wide receiver Pierre Garcon in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. He then completed a two-point conversion pass to extend Washington’s lead to 38-17.
Philadelphia scored a late touchdown, but the damage was already done.
Cousins completed 31 of 46 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. Bradford completed 37 of 56 passes for 380 yards and one touchdown.
Washington will wrap up the regular season on the road against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 3.