Around The Water Cooler: Redskins One Victory Away From Divisional Title After Win Against Eagles

12.24.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins

Andrew Walker

This magical Washington Redskins season continues.

The Redskins went into Philadelphia and defeated their rival Eagles 27-20 Sunday to extend their winning streak to six games and set up a showdown for the NFC East Division title next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

A win, and Washington (9-6) has its first NFC East title and home playoff game since the 1999 season. A loss, and the Redskins would need help from a couple other teams to make the playoffs as a Wild Card.

The Redskins certainly had a slow start on Sunday against the Eagles (4-11), but really began to get things going in the second quarter, and then took that momentum through halftime and into the third quarter, when they were able to pull away.

The Washington defense was all over Philadelphia rookie quarterback Nick Foles, as they registered five sacks — two coming from outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan — a forced fumble, fumble recovery and an interception by middle linebacker London Fletcher.

The Redskins also benefitted from the return of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who sat out last week's game vs. the Cleveland Browns as he recovered from a sprained LCL he suffered late in the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin III — whose knee still isn't quite 100 percent — was wearing a bulky brace on his right knee, but still managed to throw two touchdown passes; one to Joshua Morgan and the other to Santana Moss. The quarterback didn't attempt to run as much as he has showed in the past, but didn't really need to, as the Redskins were content with feeding the ball to running back Alfred Morris, who also scored a touchdown on the day.

The win for Washington sets up next Sunday's critical matchup against Dallas that's for all the regular-season marbles. I'm sure we all remember the Redskins' going into Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving and handing the Cowboys a 38-31 loss to ruin their holiday.

And, as if the upcoming game against the Cowboys wasn't exciting enough, the NFL announced late Sunday that the game had been flexed into the Sunday Night Football spot. So now the game will be played in primetime — with an 8:20 p.m. kickoff  from FedExField — on NBC.

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