Instant Reaction: Redskins Shock Eagles 27-24, Send Philly To Brink Of Playoff Elimination

The Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles had a good old-fashioned NFC East barn burner in the first Saturday NFL game of the year, with the Redskins coming away with the 27-24 victory late to send Philly to a third-straight loss (and to within a Dallas win from playoff elimination).

Turning Point: Bashaud Breeland's interception of Mark Sanchez with under two minutes left set the Redskins up, and Robert Griffin III (and some Eagles penalties) did the rest.

After a 23-yard completion from Griffin to Pierre Garcon, the Eagles were flagged for roughing the passer and an offsides penalty, putting the Skins well within field-goal range.

Kicker Kai Forbath would basically end things with a 26-yard chip shot with six seconds late, amplifying the damage that two misses by Eagles kicker Cody Parkey did to Philly's hopes in this one.

Stat of the Night: How have the home-bound Redskins managed to play the Eagles to play the Eagles so tight all year? DeSean Jackson.

The former Eagle has seven 50+ yard receptions all season long, with three of those coming against his old teammates from Philly.

Eagles MVP: Tight end Zach Ertz set a franchise record with 15 receptions (for 115 yards), giving Mark Sanchez a consistent target to work with all game long. Ertz also helped Sanchez set his own career high with 37 completions on the day.

Redskins MVP: We talked about him before, but Washington WR DeSean Jackson simply does work against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson finished with four catches for 126 yards and was far and away Robert Griffin III's only true option when it came to stretching the vertical passing game.

What’s Next? The Redskins finish their season at home against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday, while the Eagles head to New Jersey to do battle with the New York Giants.

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