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Post Game Analysis: Washington Redskins Can Taste an NFC East Crown

Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins

Eric Hartline-US Presswire

The Washington Redskins are on the verge of winning the NFC East for the first time since 1999.

In a closely contested match up against their division rival, the Redskins escaped the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20. After incurring a mild sprain to his knee in a week 14 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, Robert Griffin III returned this week and led his team in impressive fashion. He completed 16 of his 24 passes for 198 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. One of those two touchdowns was a beauty throw to Santana Moss in the back of the end zone, as Moss did an exceptional job of getting both feet down inbounds.

The Redskins harassed Eagles quarterback Nick Foles for the majority of the afternoon. Ryan Kerrigan, who was maybe the player of the game, had two sacks and a forced fumble. Redskins also forced Foles into an interception, as they once again won the turnover battle.

Redskins kicker Kai Forbath set the NFL record for most consecutive field goals to begin a career, as he has knocked in 17 straight.

The Eagles started strong leading the Redskins 7-0 early, as Foles threw a touchdown pass on the first possession of the game. However, the Redskins offense was once again impressive as they stormed right back to take a 13-10 lead into halftime.

The Redskins outscored the Eagles 27-6 in the second and third quarters, and held on to secure the victory. They faced a scare as Foles had a first and goal from the Redskins five yard line with 11 seconds remaining, threatening to tie the game. On second down Foles threw an illegal forward pass and was penalized, which sealed the win for the Redskins as time expired.

Redskins will have a chance to clinch the NFC East with a win over the Dallas Cowboys in their final game of the season next week.

 

Redskins columnist

Josiah Turner

Twitter: @EspnsJsiah