- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2009

UP-DOWNS

JIM ZORN [side]

He’ll probably lose his job, but he hasn’t lost his team

REDSKINS’ DEFENSE [down]

Injuries piling up, but no excuse for another fourth-quarter cave-in

JASON CAMPBELL [side]

Some good, some bad, but he always gets hit

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Donovan McNabb

The Philadelphia offense sputtered for much of the game, but the veteran quarterback rallied the Eagles in the fourth quarter to erase an eight-point deficit and finished 21-for-35 for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Score: Washington 24, Philadelphia 24

Quarter: Fourth, 4:25 remaining

Situation: Eagles’ ball, second-and-5 on the Philadelphia 37

The play: Eagles rookie Jeremy Maclin split wide to the right and got single coverage from Carlos Rogers, the beleaguered Redskins cornerback. The speedy Maclin ran straight down the sideline, got a few steps on Rogers and caught Donovan McNabb’s perfect throw for a 35-yard gain to the Washington 28 that helped set up David Akers’ winning field goal.

UP NEXT

New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: FedEx Field

TV/radio: Ch. 5, ESPN 980

Outlook: The Redskins dropped another heartbreaker to an NFC East rival, a 27-24 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday that included an eight-point Washington lead early in the fourth quarter. The offense played well at times despite the absence of several key players, but the defense - as in last week’s loss to Dallas - failed down the stretch. The Saints host New England on Monday night hoping to remain unbeaten. Led by quarterback Drew Brees - the league’s second-rated passer - and a strong running game, New Orleans remains on pace to break New England’s 2007 points record despite a recent rash of turnovers. The Saints are more aggressive and blitz-prone under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (who held the same job with the Redskins), but opponents have moved the ball. As with the Redskins, the secondary has injury issues.

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