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(Monday, October 26th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 27, Washington 17
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - DeSean Jackson ran 67 yards for a score and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb, as the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins, 27-17, at FedEx Field.
McNabb completed 15-of-25 passes for 156 yards for the Eagles (4-2), who bounced back from an ugly 13-9 loss at Oakland last week.
Linebacker Will Witherspoon, who was traded from the Rams two days after the loss to the Raiders, returned an interception for a touchdown and forced a fumble, leading to a David Akers field goal.
"I thought he played well and had a pretty good command of what we were calling," said Eagles coach Andy Reid. "It didn't look like there were any blown assignments and that's a tribute to him to be able to step in and do that."
The Eagles played the majority of the game without running back Brian Westbrook, who departed in the first quarter with a concussion.
"This was going to be a game I thought he was going to explode," McNabb said of Westbrook. "He's had some good games against the Redskins. It's unfortunate what happened."
It was another tough night for the Redskins, who made a change last week when they announced head coach Jim Zorn would no longer call offensive plays. The job went to Sherman Lewis, who joined the team within the last month as an offensive consultant, but the move didn't help Washington.
Jason Campbell struggled with the Philadelphia blitz and finished 29-of-43 passing for 284 yards with a pair of TDs and an interception for the Redskins (2-5), who lost for a third straight week. Campbell was sacked six times.
"We've got to find a way to refocus," said Campbell. "This is not a time for us to fall apart. We've got to stay positive and pull together."
The news got worse for the Redskins after the game when head coach Zorn revealed tight end Chris Cooley broke a bone in his right ankle. The injury occurred in the second quarter, when Cooley was carted to the locker room.
"It's on the inner side of his tibia," said Zorn, who added he didn't see the x-ray yet but there would be a better diagnosis Tuesday. "He will be out for a while now until this thing can heal up. I don't know if it's going to be a season-ending injury."
The Eagles scored just four plays after the opening kickoff as Jackson took a handoff on an end-around and bolted down the left sideline for a 67-yard score.
"We talked about some of the things they could do on that first drive, and definitely DeSean on a reverse was it and they caught us," said Zorn. "That thing happened so fast and he was around the corner. He outran our pursuit angles. He's wicked fast."
Westbrook was hurt midway through the quarter on a running play. The knee of Washington linebacker London Fletcher hit the helmet of Westbrook.
Philadelphia's defense came up big later in the opening quarter to extend the lead to 14-0. Safety Quintin Mikell came on the blitz and deflected the ball at the line of scrimmage. Witherspoon picked it out of the air and ran nine yards to the end zone.
Witherspoon forced a turnover on the first play of the second quarter, racing from behind to strip the ball from Campbell. Mikell recovered, and four plays later Akers' 47-yard field goal made it 17-0.
Washington finally got on the scoreboard thanks to Campbell's two-yard TD pass to Devin Thomas in the back right corner of the end zone with eight minutes left in the half.
The Eagles caught another break when Antwaan Randle El muffed a punt return as the ball clanked off his facemask. Sean Jones recovered for the Eagles at the Washington 25, leading to an Akers 44-yard field goal.
McNabb's 57-yard bomb to Jackson for a score with 1:50 left in the half moved the margin to 27-7. On 3rd-and-22, Jackson got behind the defense on a blown coverage and easily made it to the end zone. It marked the first time all season the Eagles converted a play of third down for 10 or more yards. It was also McNabb's 200th career touchdown pass.
Shaun Suisham's 47-yard field goal with a second remaining brought the Redskins within 27-10 at the half.
Jackson had his foot x-rayed, but he came out for the second half. Reid said Jackson has a foot strain, but added the wide receiver should be fine.
The Redskins punted three times and the Eagles kicked the ball away twice in the third quarter.
A play that typified Washington's night was a 4th-and-goal opportunity from the four inside six minutes left, the Redskins had a bad snap and Brodrick Bunkley recovered for the Eagles, giving Washington its fourth turnover of the night.
Tight end Fred Davis scored his first NFL touchdown, catching a one-yard pass from Campbell with 1:38 left.
Washington was unsuccessful on the ensuing onside kick and the Eagles ran out the remaining time.
McNabb became the 30th quarterback to get to 30,000 yards passing..The Eagles host the New York Giants on Sunday, while the Redskins have a bye before playing at Atlanta November 8...Michael Vick ran for a first down early in the fourth quarter for the Eagles...Washington hasn't scored more than 17 points in its last 10 home games...Brian Mitchell was inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame...Jeremy Maclin had five catches for 53 yards for the Eagles, while LeSean McCoy rushed 14 times for 37 yards...Clinton Portis had 14 rushes for 43 yards for the Redskins...Davis had eight catches for 78 yards, and teammate Santana Moss caught six balls for 74 yards.
10/27 02:25:44 ET
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