Sunday, November 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA — Unable to hold a fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week, the Washington Redskins on Sunday clinched another nonwinning season with their 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles outscored the Redskins 11-0 in the final quarter, the winning points coming on David Akers’ 32-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining.

The Redskins gained only 9 yards on their final drive and gave up the ball on downs with 1:05 remaining. Quarterback Jason Campbell was shaken up when spiked to the turf by Eagles pass rusher Juqua Parker.

The Redskins (3-8) eclipsed 20 points for only the second time this year.

With the game tied at 24, Philadelphia started at its 20-yard line with 5:35 remaining. LeSean McCoy ran 12 yards to start the possession, and two plays later, Donovan McNabb threw 35 yards to Jeremy Maclin. On the play, Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers was close in coverage but failed to look back for the football.

The Eagles stalled at the Redskins’ 14, and Akers came on for his fourth field goal.

The back-and-forth game reached its first tie with 7:24 remaining when Philadelphia’s Eldra Buckley scored on a 1-yard run and McCoy followed with the two-point conversion to knot the score at 24.

The 90-yard drive was ignited by Avant receptions of 46 and 20 yards.

The injuries continued to mount for the Redskins. In addition to Campbell, cornerbacks Justin Tryon (hip) and Fred Smoot (head) were injured along with defensive end Jeremy Jarmon (knee) and fullback Mike Sellers (ankle).

Campbell finished 22-of-37 for 231 yards and two touchdowns. His two second-quarter interceptions led to two Eagles field goals.

Trailing 16-14 at halftime, the Redskins regained the lead on their first third-quarter possession.

After forcing the Eagles to a three-and-out, the Redskins marched 80 yards on nine plays to lead 21-16 on Campbell’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Fred Davis. On the drive, Davis grabbed a career-long 29-yard reception (most of the yards after the catch), and Devin Thomas caught a career-best 35-yard Campbell pass to keep the drive alive.

On the touchdown, Campbell was flushed to his right and, before opting to scramble, threw to Davis, who backed into the end zone.

The Redskins outgained Philadelphia 117-22 and held a 10:54-4:06 advantage in time of possession in the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Chris Wilson pressured McNabb from behind, getting a piece of the ball. Tryon corralled the pass for his first career interception, giving the Redskins possession at the Eagles’ 23.

The Redskins reached the Eagles’ 7, but Campbell threw away under pressure on third down. Shaun Suishams 25-yard field goal made it 24-16 Redskins with 11:45 remaining.

The game started with an interesting twist — an on-side kick by Philadelphia. The kick hit an Eagles defender before it reached the 10-yard mark (which would have negated a recovery), and Redskins up-back Quinton Ganther caught the deflection and returned it 25 yards.

Given golden field position (the Eagles’ 19), the Redskins cashed in on Campbell’s keeper around the right side for a 1-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by Campbell’s 10-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El on third-and-2.

Philadelphia answered with a 29-yard Akers field goal on its opening drive. The Eagles gashed the Redskins’ defense on the ground for gains of 19, 6, 18 and 4 yards. Andy Reid elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1, but an iffy pass interference call on Brent Celek wiped out Donovan McNabb’s touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson.

The Eagles took their first lead late in the first quarter when a scrambling McNabb lofted a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jackson, who became wide open down the left sideline when cornerback Fred Smoot released, thinking he had safety help.

Washington answered with an 80-yard touchdown drive and Santana Moss’ first touchdown since Week 4.

And that was it for the Redskins offense in the first half. But the turnovers were just starting.

On a third-and-2 snap, Campbell stared at Moss and Asante Samuel jumped in for the interception. The Eagles settled for a 24-yard Akers field goal.

On the next drive, Campbell tried to find Thomas, but Samuel again intercepted him and returned it 17 yards.

“Maybe the first one he forced it; there was a lot of clutter in there,” Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said. “The second one, he was throwing it on the coverage; he made a great read. Asante Samuel [broke coverage] and got himself a pick. I have a hard time faulting the quarterback on that one.”

The Eagles took a 16-14 halftime lead on Akers’ 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Campbell was 12-of-20 for 97 yards in the first half.

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