Final

Eagles 33

(4-5, 3-2 away)

Redskins 25

(5-4, 3-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2007

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 7 0 6 2033
WSH 0 12 3 1025

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 251 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 30 CAR, 137 YDS

Receiving: J. Thrash (WSH) - 5 REC, 85 YDS, 2 TD

McNabb, Westbrook lead Eagles over Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid soothed the feelings of a season of turmoil with an extra-long embrace after the Philadelphia defense stopped the Washington Redskins for the last time.

"There was a lot of love there," McNabb said. "A lot of love."

McNabb had faced questions all week about his future in Philadelphia. Reid is dealing with personal problems and a possible second losing season in three years. The Eagles would have essentially been buried for the season had they lost Sunday, but a 20-point fourth quarter led by McNabb and Brian Westbrook produced a cloud-lifting 33-25 victory.

Divisional Doldrums
Philadelphia Eagles
After going 5-1 in the NFC East in 2006, it took until Week 10 for the Eagles to earn their first divisional win this season.
 Result
Week 2 20-12 loss vs. Redskins
Week 416-3 loss at Giants
Week 938-17 loss vs. Cowboys
Week 10 33-25 win at Redskins

"Controversy just hasn't hit us in one week. It's been all through the year," McNabb said. "In situations like this, it's important to have that confidence in the next guy and trust in him, whatever the situation may be. ... It was a must-win situation."

The Eagles (4-5) have been alternating wins and losses since Week 2 and remained in last place in the NFC East, but they successfully recovered from last week's 21-point loss to Dallas and can pull into the wild-card race if they get on a roll.

"We're in the position now that we need to win every game," Westbrook said.

The Redskins (5-4) looked far from playoff-worthy as they committed 11 penalties, including crucial third-down miscues, and again suffered from questionable clock management and play-calling. Coach Joe Gibbs had no timeouts left in the final crucial minutes, and a conservative call on a late third-and-goal virtually guaranteed the Eagles would have a chance to win.

"I always take that to heart myself as a coach," Gibbs said. "Why that jumped out as us today, I don't know. I'll have to take a long, hard look at it."

McNabb battled a sore shoulder throughout the second half and had to keep throwing while on the sideline to keep it warm. Still, he completed 20 of 28 passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Westbrook caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score, finishing with 20 carries for 100 yards and five receptions for 83 yards.

By far the highlight was Westbrook's go-ahead touchdown with 3:16 remaining. With the Eagles trailing by five and three rushers closing in, McNabb threw a screen pass to Westbrook over the middle. Lineman Shawn Andrews instantly leveled linebacker Rocky McIntosh, one of at least four huge blocks that allowed Westbrook to scamper for a 57-yard touchdown.

"I just tried to buy time," said McNabb, who broke Ron Jaworski's franchise record for career completions. "Once he caught it, I saw a lot of green. Hats off to our offensive linemen, getting down there, our receivers blocking, our tight ends blocking."

Westbrook's touchdown followed a play-it-safe move by Gibbs. With the Redskins facing a third-and-goal at the 7 and leading 22-20, the coach essentially decided to play for the field goal with a running play to Portis rather than try for the touchdown that likely would have sealed the win. Portis was stopped well short, and Shaun Suisham's 21-yard field increased the lead to five -- keeping the Eagles in the game.

"We felt like they might be playing soft there," Gibbs said. "Felt like we could take a shot at a draw."

The screen play gave the Eagles a 26-25 lead. Westbrook added one more score with 2:18 to play, a 10-yard run the Redskins admitted they purposely allowed so they could get the ball back with a chance to tie.

"That's exactly what they did. They allowed us to score," Westbrook said. "I wish I would have known that. I would have stopped at the 1. As an offensive player, any time you have an opportunity to get into the end zone, you get into the end zone."

Jason Campbell completed 23 of 34 passes for 215 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, including the first touchdown pass to a wide receiver for the Redskins all season. Clinton Portis, who last week ended a 12-game drought without a 100-yard game, made it two in a row with 137 yards on 30 carries.

"We've got to finish games," Redskins defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin said. "We're not playing well in the second half. We've got to get it corrected if we want to win."

Game notes


James Thrash, who had only three catches all season and was starting because of an injury to Santana Moss (heel), had five receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Thrash hurt his left ankle in the fourth quarter and was on crutches in the locker room. It had been six years to the day since Thrash had a multi-touchdown game, coming with the Eagles in-between his two stints in Washington. ... S Sean Taylor left the game with a knee injury. ... Westbrook dedicated the game to his uncle, William Torney, whose funeral was Saturday. "I came into the game with a little bit of a heavy heart," Westbrook said. "He was an important part of my early development." ... The Eagles scored on all three possessions in the red zone. They had been 10-of-28 on such opportunities this year. ... Redskins WR Keenan McCardell has his first TD catch since 2005.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
WSH
1st Downs2225
Passing 1st downs
815
Rushing 1st downs
108
1st downs from penalties
42
3rd down efficiency
6-106-12
4th down efficiency
1-10-2
Total Plays5871
Total Yards379361
Yards per play6.55.1
Total Drives1011
Passing240203
Comp-Att
20-2823-34
Yards per pass
8.05.8
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-111-12
Rushing139158
Rushing Attempts
2836
Yards per rush
5.04.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-43-5
Penalties5-3811-74
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
22
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:2532:35

Passing Leaders

PHIC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNabb20/282519.0402-11
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell23/342156.3301-12

Rushing Leaders

PHICARYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook201005.0113
McNabb7375.3016
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis301374.6012
Campbell4164.0011

Receiving Leaders

PHIRECYDSAVGTDLG
Westbrook58316.6257
Brown35518.3145
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Thrash58517.0231
Randle El5448.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPHIWSH
phiTD8:21Brian Westbrook, 4 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 82 yds, 6:44
70
SECOND QUARTERPHIWSH
wshTD13:21James Thrash, 4 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is no good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 35 yds, 4:11
76
wshTD3:11James Thrash, 12 yd pass from Jason Campbell(Jason Campbell pass to Antwaan Randle El for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 10 plays, 92 yds, 4:40
712
THIRD QUARTERPHIWSH
wshFG9:23Shaun Suisham 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yds, 5:42
715
phiTD3:01L.J. Smith, 8 yd pass from Donovan McNabb(Donovan McNabb pass to Hank Baskett for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yds, 6:22
1315
FOURTH QUARTERPHIWSH
wshTD12:41Keenan McCardell, 6 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 68 yds, 5:20
1322
phiTD10:52Reggie Brown, 45 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 72 yds, 2:01
2022
wshFG4:20Shaun Suisham 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 21 yds, 3:48
2025
phiTD3:29Brian Westbrook, 57 yd pass from Donovan McNabb(Donovan McNabb pass to Matt Schobel for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 2 plays, 65 yds, 0:59
2625
phiTD2:24Brian Westbrook, 10 yd run (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 10 yds, 0:00
3325