Eagles playoff hopes crushed, Chargers rally to win

Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:30am EST
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(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles' playoff ambitions suffered a near-fatal blow with a surprise 27-24 loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

By contrast, the San Diego Chargers kept their postseason hopes alive in dramatic fashion when they rallied from a 21-point halftime deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the second game of the day.

Nick Novak kicked the winning field goal from 40 yards in a 38-35 overtime victory.

In Maryland, a 26-yard field goal from Kai Forbath with five seconds left condemned the Eagles to a third successive loss and leaves them needing the Dallas Cowboys to lose their last two games if they are to have a chance of winning the NFC East.

The crucial moment came after Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez threw an interception with 91 seconds remaining with Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland diving in front of Jeremy Maclin to make the pick.

The Redskins scored on the resulting possession and although a poor kickoff handed the Eagles one last chance, Sanchez's 'Hail Mary' pass into the end zone was knocked down by David Amerson and Washington ended their six-game losing streak.

The Eagles fell to 9-6. Dallas lead the NFC East on 10-4.

The result also meant the Detroit Lions (10-4) clinched their first playoff berth since 2011.

It was a cruel end to an otherwise impressive display from former New York Jet Sanchez.   Continued...

Dec 20, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins defensive back Tanard Jackson (36) celebrates with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports