Sunday, February 1, 2015

Eagles-Redskins II: Report card

RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver combined for 120 yards on 23 carries. Weaver picked up a big first down on a fourth-and-1 on the Eagles’ first touchdown drive and set up Eldra Buckley’s game-tying TD with a 12-yard run. Grade: B-plus

Eagles-Redskins II: Report card

RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy and Leonard Weaver combined for 120 yards on 23 carries. Weaver picked up a big first down on a fourth-and-1 on the Eagles’ first touchdown drive and set up Eldra Buckley’s game-tying TD with a 12-yard run. Grade: B-plus

PASSING OFFENSE: With his team trailing by eight, Donovan McNabb engineered a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives, completing five of six passes for 116 yards, including back-to-back 46- and 21-yard strikes to Jason Avant and a 35-yarder to Jeremy Maclin that put the Eagles in range for David Akers’ game-winning field goal. Grade: B-plus

RUN DEFENSE: Eagles held the Redskins to 38 yards on 14 carries in the second half, and came up with two big stops on running back Marcus Mason early in the fourth quarter when the Redskins had the ball inside the Philadelphia 10. Just two of Washington’s 25 rushing attempts went for more than 7 yards, none longer than 13. Grade: B-plus

PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles became just the second team in the last seven games to give up multiple TD passes to Jason Campbell. But Asante Samuel had two second-quarter interceptions that set up a pair of Akers field goals.
Grade: C-plus

SPECIAL TEAMS: David Akers made all four of his field-goal attempts and DeSean Jackson had a 29-yard punt return that kick-started the Eagles’ first touchdown drive. But the Eagles screwed up a game-opening onside-kick attempt that gift-wrapped the Redskins’ first score and gave up 27- and 35-yard kickoff returns. Three of the Eagles’ seven penalties also were on their special teams. Grade: B-minus

OVERALL: Very little about this game was pretty. Not the defense’s difficulty stopping the Redskins on third down (they were 8-for-17). Not the Eagles’ one touchdown on four trips inside the Washington 20. But for the second straight week, they rallied in the fourth quarter to win a game they easily could have lost. Grade: B

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To read Andy Reid's postgame comments, click here.

To read Les Bowen's in-game commentary, click here.

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