|Date of game: 11/18/2012
Recap: Washington vs. Philadelphia
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III threw for 200 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 14-of-15 efficiency while rushing for 84 more, as the Washington Redskins dispatched the reeling Philadelphia Eagles by a 31-6 count in an NFC East clash.
Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson, Logan Paulsen and Darrel Young each had a TD reception for the Redskins (4-6), who snapped a three-game slide heading into a traditional matchup in Dallas on Thanksgiving and also picked up their first home win over Philadelphia since 2008.
"Nothing's going to change. Robert's going to go out there and make plays and continue to be special," Moss said of his rookie quarterback. "That's the gift that he has, he's a special guy. He brings that kind of 'specialness.' I don't know if that's a word, but he brings it to our offense."
Starting in place of the concussed Michael Vick, Nick Foles finished 21-of-46 for 204 yards and two interceptions for the Eagles (3-7), who have lost six in a row for the first time under Andy Reid and the first time since dropping seven straight to end the 1994 campaign.
Rich Kotite presided over that luckless streak, which dropped the Birds from the lead in the NFC Wild Card race to 7-9 and out of postseason consideration.
"Early turnovers, penalties, drops, giving up the big plays, those are all problems with this game," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said.
Alex Henery's pair of field goals accounted for all of Philadelphia's offense. LeSean McCoy registered 67 yards on six receptions and 45 rushing yards on 15 carries before leaving late after absorbing a hit to the helmet.
Reid confirmed a diagnosis of a concussion for his star running back, adding "we were trying to catch up and win the game," when asked why McCoy was kept in so late in a blowout loss.
Misfortune for the rookie signal caller out of Arizona came on the first Eagles series. Three plays in, Foles was picked off by DeAngelo Hall, who returned a tipped ball which fell from tight end Brent Celek's hands 22 yards to the Philadelphia 9-yard line. Two plays later, Griffin lofted a ball for Young on the right side and he strolled into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.
The Birds reached the Redskins' 42 on their next series but Foles was picked by Brandon Meriweather, but the hosts failed to sustain a drive, going three- and-out. The Redskins punted, leaving the visitors on their own 16.
Henery eventually put Philly on the board when he connected from 41 yards away early in the second to cap the ensuing 61-yard, 11-play series.
Washington, however, struck seven plays later when Griffin found Robinson wide open on the right side for a 49-yard touchdown and 14-3 game.
Another miscue by the Birds cost them three more points. McCoy lost the football on the first play of the Birds' final touch of the first half, and the hosts took over on the 14. Kai Forbath ended the half with a 25-yard make and it was a 14-point spread for Washington.
Henery was true from 42 yards away to cap Philly's first series of the third quarter, but on the following possession, Moss came down with a Griffin pass in double coverage and broke a tackle en route to a 61-yard score and a 24-6 game with 4:50 left in the quarter.
The rout was on early in the fourth when Griffin and Paulsen hooked up for a 17-yard score that finished off a 55-yard march.
Philadelphia's penultimate possession resulted in a punt and its final one was a turnover on downs when Foles' pass to Clay Harbor fell incomplete on 4th- and-3 from the Redskins' 34-yard line inside the last minute of play.Game Notes
The Redskins outgained the Eagles by a 361-257 margin, including a 169-80 edge
on the ground ... The 25-point margin of victory most for Washington over
Philadelphia since a 28-3 decision on Nov. 15, 1998 ... Redskins linebacker
London Fletcher played in his 234th consecutive game ... Despite the setback,
the Eagles are 16-9 vs. the Redskins since 2000, which includes a 10-3 mark in
DC ... Alfred Morris picked up 76 yards on 20 carries for Washington ... Riley
Cooper ended up with 61 yards on five receptions for Philadelphia.