Eagle Rally Late Again, Top Redskins
LANDOVER, MD (973espn.com) - The Eagles never seem to make it easy on themselves but for the second time in less than a week, the goal was accomplished.
Survive and advance.
After rallying from a two-touchdown deficit to beat the New York Giants in overtime on Monday night, Philadelphia took the trek down I-95 and rallied to beat 3-11 Washington when Carson Wentz found Greg Ward for a four-yard touchdown with 26 seconds remaining.
A strip-sack of Dwayne Haskins on the final play resulting in a Nigel Bradham 47-yard fumble return for a TD accounted for the final margin of 37-27.
"That's what we do, it's destiny," Bradham said. "Everybody that is here is here for a reason. We believe in our jobs and have nothing but fighters."
The Eagles now head to next Sunday's (7-7) game against Dallas with an opportunity to seize control of the division. The Cowboys routed the Los Angles Rams on Sunday afternoon and can clinch the NFC East with a win in Philadelphia next Sunday. If the Eagles top Dallas and the New York Giants in Week 17 they will secure the division.
"I think where we were just a couple of weeks ago, we understood as a team we kind of dug ourselves in a hole. We knew what was in front of us.," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "Every week was a playoff-type game -- I mean a must win-type game. It's just the way our schedule is right now."
Overall the Eagles struggled a bit with Haskins, the rookie quarterback who found his groove early, completing his first six passes which included a 75-yard bomb to his former college teammate Terry McLaurin. Haskins finished 19-of-28 for 261 yards with two touchdowns while McLaurin gashed the Philadelphia defense for the second time this season, amassing 130 yards while catching all five of his targets.
In many ways, the game was all Miles Sanders for Philadelphia offensively until Ward took over on the final drive with four big receptions, including what turned out to be the game-winner.
Sanders became the first Eagles running back to rush for 100 yards since LeGarrette Blount on Oct. 1, 2017, piling up 122 yards and a TD on 19 carries. He added 50 more and another score receiving to set the Philadelphia franchise record for all-purpose yards by a rookie.
With Alshon Jeffery placed on injured reserve earlier this week and Nelson Agholor missing another game with a knee injury Ward was the only Eagles wideout who caught the football, snaring seven of nine targets for 61 yards.
Carson Wentz completed 30-of-43 passes for 266 yards with three touchdowns with the only issue coming from ball security with three fumbles, including a fourth-quarter that led to a Dustin Hopkins field goal which put the Redskins in front 27-24.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen