Eagles Fall in Final Seconds to Drop to 1-3 on Season
LANDOVER, Md. -- Kirk Cousins avoided the turnover bug and came up big in the clutch.
Cousins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 26 seconds left Sunday to give the Washington Redskins a 23-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sam Bradford threw three second-half touchdown passes for the Eagles, but their new kicker, Caleb Sturgis, missed an extra-point attempt and a 33-yard field-goal try -- four big points in what turned out to be a three-point, back-and-forth game.
Starting at their own 10 with a little more than six minutes remaining, the Redskins (2-2) drove 90 yards on 15 plays to take the lead for good.
Cousins finished 31 for 46 for 290 yards, the one TD -- and, most importantly for a guy with a pair of two-interception games already this season, no turnovers. He did fumble a snap in the first half at Philadelphia's 1, but recovered it himself and plunged forward for a touchdown, with the help of a big push from rookie running back Matt Jones.
It was the first rushing TD allowed by Philadelphia (1-3) this season.
Operating against a Redskins secondary missing DeAngelo Hall and with Chris Culliver slowed by a sore knee, Bradford finished 15 for 28 for 254 yards, including 10 for 18 for 179 yards and three scores after trailing 13-0 at halftime.
Bradford entered the game with three TD tosses all season. And he hadn't completed a pass of at least 40 yards until one that went for 45 to Nelson Agholor in the second quarter. Symbolic of the way things had been going for Chip Kelly's much-ballyhooed system this season, though, Agholor couldn't handle a pitch from Ryan Mathews on a reverse on the very next play, resulting in a fumble.
That was part of a first-half display that included three punts and Sturgis' missed field-goal attempt.
DeMarco Murray, who missed last week's victory over the Jets with a leg injury, gained 36 yards on eight carries. He did produce a 30-yard run, his longest of the season
The Redskins overcame a propensity for penalties, with a total of 10 for 110 yards, including two on safety Trenton Robinson that came shortly before Eagles TDs.
Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins went 3 for 3 on field-goal tries, making from 20, 33 and 38 yards. In the fourth quarter, down by four points, Redskins coach Jay Gruden decided to punt instead of attempting what would have been a 53-yard try.
On the next-to-last play of the third quarter, Redskins tight end Jordan Reedmade a catch, but was stripped of the football by linebacker Brandon Graham, and Jordan Hicks recovered the fumble for the Eagles.
Three plays later, Bradford hit Miles Austin for a 39-yard TD pass, and the Eagles led 20-16 just seconds into the fourth quarter.
Bradford's other scoring passes went to Riley Cooper for 62 yards, and Brent Celek for 10.
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