On Sunday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles took to the field for their home finale against the NFC East division-leading Washington Redskins. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 198 yards with two touchdown passes as the Redskins beat the Eagles 27-20 in what many believe was Andy Reid's final home game as the head coach of the Eagles.
The Eagles started the game on the right foot as the opening drive of the game lasted 11 plays for 76 yards with the final result being a touchdown after rookie quarterback Nick Foles threw to Jeremy Maclin for a 27 yard touchdown pass. The defense began well, too. Washington's first drive was 10 plays, but it ended on downs after Griffin III threw an incomplete pass on 4th down at the Eagles 35 yard-line.
In the fourth quarter the Eagles trailed by 14 points when Foles led the team on a six-play 61 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown run by Dion Lewis with just under nine minutes to play in the game. The Philadelphia defense got a stop and turned the ball over to the offense with just over four minutes to go. With the Eagles driving, Foles threw a pass to an open Maclin in the endzone on 3rd down at the 23-yard line that fell short of the receiver. On the last play of the game with the Eagles at the five-yard line, Foles threw the ball as he got hit, and the clock stopped with one second left in the game. However, the pass fell just short of the line of scrimmage, which resulted in intentional grounding and a ten-second runoff of the clock to end the game.
LeSean McCoy played in his first game since suffering a concussion over a month ago against the Dallas Cowboys. He finished with 13 rushes and 45 rushing yards. He also had a team-high nine receptions for 77 yards. Foles threw 345 yards with one touchdown and an interception in a game in which he set the record for passing yards, completions, and passing attempts in a season for a rookie. Maclin had eight receptions and a team high 116 yards to go with his touchdown while Jason Avant also had eight receptions for 70 yards.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 4-11 on the year while the Redskins improve to 9-6 to keep their lead in the division heading into the final week of the season. In addition, the loss drops the Eagles home record over the past three seasons to 9-15. The Eagles will complete their 2012 season next week against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
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