4:15 PM ET, January 1, 2006
Washington (9-6) at Philadelphia (6-9) Sunday 4:15 pm ET
PHILADELPHIA (ESPN.com news services) -- Joe Gibbs would love to join the postseason party.
The Redskins also could be playing for the NFC East title if the New York Giants lose at Oakland on Saturday night.
If the Redskins lose to the Eagles, they also will gain a wild-card berth if Dallas loses to St. Louis later Sunday.
Washington, which has won four straight games, has not made the playoffs since going 10-6 under Norv Turner in 1999.
Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, Gibbs knows all about reaching the postseason. Under Gibbs from 1981-92, the Redskins made the playoffs eight times, winning three Super Bowls.
One of Gibbs' big moves when he returned to the Redskins last season was acquiring veteran quarterback Mark Brunell from Jacksonville. Brunell, who suffered a right knee sprain against the Giants last week, will start despite the injury, ESPN's Ron Jaworski reported Sunday.
Brunell is third in the NFC in quarterback rating (87.8), completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,909 yards and 22 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He hit Santana Moss with scoring passes of 17 and 59 yards in the win over the Giants.
Brunell will be looking for Moss, who has 80 receptions for 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns.
A year after reaching the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles have battled through injuries and the Terrell Owens circus en route to already having clinched their first losing record since going 5-11 in 1999, Andy Reid's first campaign as coach.
Owens' four-game suspension started with the first meeting against the Redskins on November 6.
Brunell was efficient in helping the Redskins end a seven-game losing streak against their divisional rivals. He completed 21-of-29 passes for 224 yards.
H-back/tight end Chris Cooley and Moss were Brunell's favorite targets. Cooley had seven catches for 85 yards and Moss seven for 79.
Mike McMahon, who has taken a beating behind a banged-up offensive line, again will get the start for the Eagles. He completed just 12-of-33 passes for 151 yards with an interception that was returned for a touchdown in last week's 27-21 loss at Arizona.
Matchup to watch: Moss against left cornerback Roderick Hood, who has filled in for Lito Sheppard.
Series: The Redskins lead, 74-62-5.
Next week: Washington may play in the wild-card round on January 7-8.
Information from SportsTicker was used in this report.
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