Jackson's big plays lift Eagles

DeSean Jackson dove over the goal line for his second touchdown of the night, a 57-yard reception from Donovan McNabb. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Last year in Washington, DeSean Jackson dropped what would have been the game-tying touchdown from Donovan McNabb.

This year, he carried the Eagles to a 27-17 victory.

On the Eagles' fourth offensive play of the game, Jackson took an end around 67 yards to the house for a touchdown, giving the Birds a 7-0 lead.

Later in the half, with the Eagles' offense sputtering and facing a 3rd-and-22, it was Jackson who came through yet again.

He got behind the Redskins' secondary and reeled in a 57-yard bomb, putting the Birds ahead, 27-7.

Jackson was injured on the play but returned in the second half.

Overall, he had two catches for 69 yards and the one carry for 67.

Jackson hadn't reached the end zone since Week 3, but he showed once again that he is the Birds' most dangerous weapon. He now has plays of 50 yards or more in four of the Eagles' six games.

Other thoughts:

** What a debut for Will Witherspoon. The Eagles' new middle linebacker intercepted a deflected Jason Campbell pass and took it to the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter. He later showed great speed, chasing Campbell down and forcing a fumble. Overall he finished with eight tackles, second to only Akeem Jordan.

** Did you notice Jason Babin got some playing time with Victor Abiamiri sidelined? He had a sack and three tackles.

** Brian Westbrook left the game in the first with a concussion and did not return.

** Macho Harris left the game in the first half but returned in the third quarter.

** Trent Cole had two more sacks. He's up to 6.5 on the season.

** The Eagles as a team had six sacks.

** The Birds' offense struggled again on third down, converting 4-of-15 opportunities.

** The Eagles had 12 penalties for 66 yards.