Sunday, August 30, 2015

Eagles steal one from 'Skins

With 11:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, the mood at Lincoln Financial Field couldn't have been gloomier.

Eagles steal one from 'Skins

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With 11:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, the mood at Lincoln Financial Field couldn't have been gloomier.

The Eagles, nine-point favorites, trailed the Redskins, 24-16. And DeSean Jackson was out of the game with a head and neck injury.

But for the second week in a row, the Birds rallied late and somehow came away with a 27-24 win to remain one game behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East race.

Donovan McNabb led the Eagles on a pair of touchdown drives, after the offense looked out of sync for the first three quarters.

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With Jackson sidelined, Jason Avant came up with a pair of big catches, one for 46 yards and another for 20. Just when it looked like the drive would stall at the 1-yard line, Eldra Buckley punched it in for the touchdown with 7:24 left.

On the two-point conversion, the Eagles went to the often-used shovel pass as McNabb flipped it to McCoy, who gave a great effort to tie the game at 24.

After the defense got a stop, the Eagles put together another drive, going 66 yards on 10 plays to set up a David Akers 32-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, which gave the Eagles the 27-24 win.

This was your classic glass half-full/glass half-empty game.

On one hand, there were a number of miscues -- the onsides kick, the penalties, the third-down defense. The Eagles were big-time favorites against a 3-7 Redskins team that was depleted by injuries, and they were lucky to come out on top.

On the other hand, the Eagles were banged-up also, and they put together a fourth-quarter comeback for the second week in a row.

At 7-4, they are in great position as they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons next week.

So I'll let you all chime in below with your take on the game. Gutsy, comeback win that shows character? Or ugly, lucky win that means nothing because this team's going nowhere?

Back with more after the press conferences.

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