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Late Akers FG Helps Eagles Rally Past Redskins 27-24

DeSean Jackson (left), Jason Avant (right)

While Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is the undisputed king of comebacks, Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb isn’t too shabby, either. Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field would find McNabb performing the familiar; he would lead a drive which led to a 24-all score and kicker David Akers would convert the game-winning field goal, allowing Philadelphia to rally and defeat Washington 27-24.

The Redskins would strike first as they needed only four plays to score as Jason Campbell ran in from a yard out; the Eagles would strike back as they scored ten points on a 6-minute span, capped by a 35-yard McNabb-to-DeSean Jackson TD pass, giving Philadelphia a 10-7 lead. However, the Eagles would lose Jackson later in the second quarter with a concussion. Washington would enter the second quarter scoring first on a 4-yard TD pass from Campbell to Santana Moss with 11:44 left in the half, allowing the Redskins to regain the lead; a pair of Akers field goals 46 seconds apart would help the Eagles take a 16-14 lead.

Washington went ahead 21-16 on their first possession of the second half, driving 80 yards on nine plays, capped by a 10-yard TD pass from Campbell to Fred Davis; the Redskins would up their lead to 24-16 on a Shaun Suisham FG. But then McNabb would drive the Eagles 90 yards, capped by a 1-yard run by Eldra Buckley and a two-point conversion, tying the game at 24-all. Akers would ice the victory for Philadelphia when he kicked a 32-yard FG with 1:48 left in the game.

McNabb went 21-of-35 for 260 yards with a TD and an interception while Campbell went 22-of-37 for 231 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s. LeSean McCoy led all Eagles rushers with 76 yards on 17 rushes while Rock Cartwright led the Redskins with 38 yards on 15 carries.

Jason Avant led all Eagles receivers with 5 receptions for 94 yards while Jeremy Maclin caught 5 passes for 63 yards; Jackson caught a pair for 41 yards and a TD. Malcolm Kelly led the Redskins receivers with 2 receptions for 50 yards while Devin Thomas caught 4 for 46 yards; Davis caught 4 passes for 43 yards and a score. Philadelphia (7-4) plays again on Sunday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons while Washington (3-8) returns home to host the New Orleans Saints – also on Sunday.

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  1. Mike

    December 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    What a stressful game. It’s nice to see the Eagles win these close games but against a team like the Redskins I don’t think it should be that close. They did play Dallas really tough so maybe they’re just better than their record implies.

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