By Cody Roark
With 26 seconds left, Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz throws a pass to Greg Ward who scores the game-winning touchdown securing the Eagles’ 10-point victory over the Washington Redskins. This was the scene on Sunday afternoon as an electrified stadium of green-clad Eagle fans cheered on their team for the thrilling victory.
Greg Ward made his first career touchdown catch, solidifying Philadelphia’s lead in the final moments of the game. This lead was not so secure the entire length of the game however. Wentz, the Philadelphia quarterback, had to make a desperately needed recovery from a fumble early in the fourth quarter. This fumble, the second for the Eagles, had given the Redskins a late 27-24 lead over Philadelphia. Wentz went on to comeback by driving 70 yards downfield to secure the lead for the remainder of the game. This is the second consecutive fourth quarter comeback for Carson Wentz, following the Eagles’ win against the Giants in overtime last week.
The final drive of the Eagles had a major hand in why they one in the first place. Wentz completed eight consecutive passes for 70 yards, with the final pass being the game-winning touchdown. The biggest non-scoring play of the drive was a 13 yard completion to Greg Ward on third-and-five with 4 minutes left in the quarter. Philadelphia stuck with their game plan, even when they were down, and it paid off in the end with a clutch victory.
It would not be right to leave the Washington Redskins out. The Redskins fought hard for a second win against the Eagles last Sunday. The main downfall for Washington was their inability to stop Philadelphia on third down conversions.
The Skins started the game off with three straight first downs before Philadelphia forced Washington to punt the ball away. Then, on defense, Washington is able to stop the Eagles from scoring a touchdown, but allows a field goal, giving the Eagles an early three-point lead.
The second quarter gets going with some penalties on both sides, eventually leading Philadelphia to a touchdown, giving them a 10-7 lead. However, Washington fires back with a pass to the end zone after a great drive, resulting in a four-point lead for the Redskins. The half ended with the Eagles running out the clock.
The third quarter gets underway with both sides ending up punting the ball away until another penalty results in a Philadelphia first down. The Eagles end up driving downfield with a completed pass scoring another six points and a successful extra point for a 17-14 lead. The Redskins finish the quarter out hammering the ball into Eagles territory with Adrian Peterson and Dwayne Haskins.
The fourth and final quarter kicks off with Adrian Peterson tying Hall of Famer, Walter Peyton, with the 110th rushing touchdown of his career. Thus, giving the Redskins a 21-17 lead late in the game. The Eagles quickly drive back down the field to score another touchdown, making the score 24-21. The Redskins find themselves back in Philadelphia territory, but have to settle on a field goal and tie up the game. Then, due to sack from the Washington Defense, the Redskins recover a fumbled ball and score another field goal, giving them a 27-24 lead late in the game. Despite Washington’s best efforts, the Philadelphia Eagles final drive secured victory and a Washington fumble results in another touchdown. The game ends with a final score of 37-27.