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Eagles top Redskins on night when nothing goes right

December 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA When the Washington Redskins signed Mark Sanchez last month, they hoped the quarterback would never have to play. The team was comfortable with backup Colt McCoy taking over for Alex Smith, who suffered a season-ending leg injury.

The Redskins, though, didn’t have a choice Monday.

McCoy suffered a season-ending broken leg and Sanchez couldn’t rally the Redskins back in a 28-13 loss to the Eagles. With the defeat, Washington fell to 6-6 and its playoff hopes are now in major question given the team is on its third quarterback of the season.

Washington hasn’t played three quarterbacks in a season since 2014, a year in which it finished 4-12.

In place of McCoy, Sanchez went 13 of 21 for 100 yards and threw an interception.

McCoy appeared to hurt his leg at the end of the first quarter when his leg awkwardly hit Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins on a scramble. McCoy finished the rest of the drive, but he was soon attended by the team’s medical staff and taken back to the locker room.

That opened the door for Sanchez, who hadn’t taken a regular season snap since 2016. The Redskins had signed Sanchez, a 32-year-old veteran, because of his familiarity with some of the Redskins’ coaching staff from his days with the New York Jets.

In the immediate aftermath of the McCoy injury, the Redskins actually jumped out to a 10-7 lead, thanks to a 90-yard rushing touchdown from Adrian Peterson. The burst was a career-long for Peterson and the longest run in franchise history.

The Eagles answered with a three-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown from running back Darren Sproles.

The score left Sanchez with 1:19 left in the half, enough time to lead a drive that resulted in a Dustin Hopkins’ 47-yard field goal. At the half, the Redskins were down 14-13.

But Sanchez’s limitations were hard to miss in the second half.

The Redskins gained just 36 netyards in the last two quarters, only 19 through the air, which includes yardage lost for sacks. Sanchez was sacked two times total and he threw an interception in the fourth quarter.

Washington was particularly ineffective on third down, converting just 20 percent of those plays (2-of-10).

The Redskins’ defense, again, was carved up. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 306 yards and Philadelphia had 436 offensive yards total.

Washington did pick off Wentz in the third, but couldn’t use the momentum to generate points. Instead, the Redskins punted and the Eagles responded with an 11-play, 85-yard drive, ending when Wentz found receiver Jordan Matthews for a 4-yard strike.

That score proved to be the difference maker as Philadelphia converted a two-point play, which allowed the Eagles to go up two scores (22-13).

Philadelphia added a pair of field goals before the end of regulation.

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