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Washington Redskins Week 14 Review: The “Show Stopper” comes up BIG

Ryan Kerrigan


With his team clinging to a five point lead late in the fourth quarter, Ryan Kerrigan provided his most significant sack of the season.

The defense for the Washington Redskins finally got off the field when they needed to. With the Eagles on the Redskins 14-yard line with 21 seconds remaining in regulation, Ryan Kerrigan’s strip-sack of Carson Wentz propelled Washington to its fifth straight win over Philadelphia. Fellow outside linebacker Trent Murphy, recovered the fumble as the Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-22.

This was probably the ugliest win Washington has earned all season. Despite the Eagles having eight more first downs, converting 50 percent of third-downs, running 30 more plays than the Redskins, and winning the T.O.P margin by nearly 14 minutes. However, Washington was able to keep its playoff hopes alive in a game that featured four lead changes.

After the Eagles got out to a 6-0 lead, the Skins got on the board with a 22-yard rushing touchdown by Robert Kelley. Kelley dashed his way through the Eagles defense, as Jamison Crowder delivered a devastating block. Carson Wentz answered the drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles as the Eagles took a 13-7 lead into halftime. DeSean Jackson once again showed his big-play abilities on a 80-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins midway through the third quarter that gave the Redskins a 14-13 lead. Cousins tossed another touchdown to Pierre Garcon, that extended the Washington lead to 21-13.

Eagles Cornerback Leodis McKelvin made an excellent play on the ball early in the fourth quarter and returned an interception 29-yards for a touchdown as Cousins threw a poor pass on an “out” route intended for Jackson. The score cut the deficit to 21-19. Caleb Sturgis added his third field goal of the game with 4:59 remaining to give the Eagles a 22-21 lead.

The Redskins responded with a 25-yard touchdown run by Chris Thompson that proved to be the game-winning score. Trent Williams showed his value to the Redskins offense in his first game back from suspension as he delivered the block that sprung Thompson to the endzone.

Game Balls

Linebacker Mason Foster had his best game of the season against Philly as he finished with 12 tackles and a sack. Fellow linebackers Su’a Cravens and Will Compton left the game with injuries but Foster picked up the slack for his fellow inside linebackers.

Although a DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles reunion maybe in the works this offseason, Jackson offered very little brotherly love to his former team. “D-Jax” torched his former employer with three catches for 102 yards and a 80-yard touchdown

The Eagles desperately missed right tackle Lane Johnson in both matchups with Washington this season. Ryan Kerrigan recorded 3.5 sacks against the Eagles in both games this season including his biggest play of the season for the Redskins defense.

“Fat Rob” Robert Kelley continues to be a revelation for the Redskins offense. Although he only had 63 yards on 16 carries, they were “tough yards”. After struggling catching the ball early in the season, Kelly added two catches for 25 yards as both catches resulted in first downs.

The Redskins return to Fed Ex Field next Monday, as they take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.