RG3 returns, leads Redskins to brink of NFC East title
Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Robert Griffin III picked up from where he left off after missing a game due to knee injury, tossing two touchdown passes as the Washington Redskins put the NFC East title within reach after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-20, Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Griffin completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards and kicker Kai Forbath set a new league record for consecutive field goals to begin a career for the Redskins (9-6), who extended their winning streak to six games.
The Redskins can clinch the NFC East title for the first time since 1999 with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys at home Sunday.
Forbath buried two field goals from 45 and 42 yards in the second period for his 16th and 17th of the year in as many attempts, eclipsing Garrett Hartley’s record of 16 consecutive made field goals to start an NFL career.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris tallied 91 yards on 22 carries and one score while wide receivers Santana Moss and Josh Morgan were the recipients of Griffin’s two touchdown heaves.
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught seven passes for 89 yards while veteran linebacker London Fletcher had 12 tackles to lead the Redskins’ defense.
Nick Foles hit 32 of 48 passes for 345 yards and a touchdown but was called for intentional grounding with one second remaining, dashing the Eagles’ comeback hopes.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tallied 116 yards on eight catches and a score while running back Dion Lewis ran for a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth for the Eagles, who dropped to 4-11.
Foles opened the game with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Maclin but the Redskins responded in the second quarter with two field goals from Forbath and a touchdown pass from Griffin to take a 13-7 advantage.
In the third period, Morris ran for a 10-yard touchdown and Griffin found Moss for a 27-yard score to give the Redskins a 27-13 lead.
In the fourth, Lewis delivered a 17-yard scoring run after intercepting Griffin’s pass to bring the Eagles within seven.
In the dying minutes of the game, Foles brought the Eagles to the Washington 5 but was whistled for intentional grounding.