Redskins shoot down Eagles to claim NFC East title

Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:13am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 31-of-46 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Washington Redskins to the NFC East division title following a 38-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

The Redskins (8-7), who have won three in a row since falling to 5-7, will compete in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The Eagles dropped to 6-9 and will miss the postseason for the second time in three years under coach Chip Kelly. While Kelly won 20 games in his first two seasons, the Eagles still have not won a playoff game since he arrived.

Philadelphia has given up 34 touchdown passes this season, the most in franchise history.

Running back DeMarco Murray gave the Eagles hope when he rushed for a four-yard touchdown to close the gap to 23-17 with 4:47 left in the third quarter.

From there, however, it was all Washington.

Murray fumbled a pitch from quarterback Sam Bradford and Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall scooped the ball up and scampered 17 yards for a score and a 30-17 advantage.

Cousins later tossed his fourth touchdown pass, this time to wide receiver Pierre Garcon from 13 yards out. A two-point conversion gave the Redskins a commanding 38-17 lead.

The Eagles' fans then quickly escaped for the exits.   Continued...

 
Dec 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) reacts after a sacking Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (not pictured) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports