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Skins Play Grinch and Spoil The Eagles Season

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In what was a must win game for Philadelphia and more like a Super Bowl for the Skins who were out to play spoiler.  The Eagles were coming off the last two games with the defense being on the field for over 40 min each game finally won the time of possession 32:04 to 27:56. However, the Eagles would shoot themselves in the foot with 13 penalties for 102 yards and 2 turnovers.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 7-3 lead by putting together a 10 play 79 yard drive with a good balance of running and passing that was capped off with a 1 yard LeSean McCoy touchdown. On the very next series, the Skins did what every team should do, attack cornerback Bradley Fletcher.  Desean Jackson looking to ruin the Eagles season beat Fletcher on a go route for a 51 yard gain. The Skins later scored on a 28 yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris to take a 10-7 lead. Billy Davis and Chip Kelly deserve a lot of blame for putting Bradley Fletcher on DeSean Jackson with no safety help. How many times do you have to see your starting cornerback get beat before you make an adjustment.

The Eagles later regained the lead late in the second quarter when Riley Cooper decided to make a sighting with a 3 yard touchdown reception. That touchdown came after the Eagles converted on a 3rd and 25 to Jordan Matthews and two plays later on 3rd and 15 on a screen pass to Darren Sproles. The 15 play drive used 7:04 of the clock and gave the Eagles a 14-10 lead before half. The Eagles had to settle with a 14-10 lead at halftime after Jordan Matthews dropped a pass which would have put the Eagles in scoring position forcing them to punt.

The second half started with Malcolm Jenkins forcing a fumble on the kickoff which was recovered by Nolan Carroll. The turnover gave the Eagles offense the ball inside the 20 yard line and primed to score. However after 3 plays and 0 yards, Cody Parkey missed a 34 yard field goal attempt. The Skins would steal the lead back on a 1 yard Darrel Young touchdown run which came after Brandon Graham was flagged for roughing the passer and later Vinny Curry which kept the drive alive and giving them first downs.

After Cody Parkey missed on a 46 yard field goal attempt for the second time, it would be the third straight series were the Eagles were in scoring range and came away with no points which would come back to haunt them.  Billy Davis who was determined to put the Eagles season in the hands of Bradley Fletcher, made a costly mistake as Desean Jackson beat Fletcher on a 55 yard go route for the second time that set up another 1 yard touchdown run by Darrel Young to extend the lead to 14-26.

The Eagles showed there was no quit in them as they answered the call and marched down the field on a 11 play drive where Mark Sanchez found Riley Cooper for his second touchdown of the day to cut the lead to 21-24. After Skins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw Eagles safety Nate Allen a gift,  the Eagles tied the game 24-24 on a 22 yard Cody Parkey field goal. However, the one thing that hadn’t happened during this game was a Mark Sanchez interception and with less than three minutes remaining in the game and a chance to put together a game winning drive, Mark Sanchez threw his 9th interception of the year.

The interception gave the Washington everything they hoped for,  a chance in the 4th quarter to win the game and spoil the Eagles season. They drove 50 yards and kicked the game winning field goal to make it 24-27. Chip Kelly would leave wondering why he allowed Bradley Fletcher to play Desean Jackson one on one with no help.

 

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