The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Washington Redskins with DeSean Jackson making his return to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time since being released by the Eagles during the off-season.
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Week 3 in Lincoln Financial Field was chaotic. The Eagles vs the Redskins game on Sunday lived up to the rivalry. The war kicked off when DeSean Jackson was tackled after catching a pass from QB Kirk Cousins and jumped up and shoved Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Needless to say this was the smallest amount of violence that would be seen. Flags covered the field Sunday as there were constant penalties against each team, although the refs missed a lot of the helmet to helmet, face mask, and pass interference calls against Washington not surprisingly. The energy of the game was taken to a whole new level when Eagles QB Nick Foles threw an interception (which was overturned after review) Washington DL Chris Baker decided to throw an obviously illegal hit on Nick Foles after the play causing a huge sideline brawl. The aftermath on the fight involved the ejections of Baker and Eagles LT Jason Peters, who was the first to go after Baker on Foles’ behalf.
Foles remained in the game, despite taking multiple hits later on, and the Eagles flew high for the rest of the game. Teammate Jeremy Maclin praised Foles toughness after the game saying “That’s the guy you want, the guy who gets up play after play,”
It started to look bad towards the end of the game with the Eagles hanging on to a 3 point lead, but S Malcolm Jenkins won over the hearts of the Philadelphia sports fans with an insanely #clutch interception and a hustle that lead to a touchdown-saving tackle late in the game.
Although the Eagles were giving their fans a heart attack throughout the entire game, they played hard and defeated the Redskins with the final score of 37-34. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins threw for 427 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT and RB Alfred Morris ran for 77 yards on 23 carries. The only highlight of the Eagles offense was Nick Foles and his receiving since their run game was completely ineffective against the Redskins’ defense. Foles threw for 325 yards, 3 TD, and only throwing 14 incompletions on 41 attempts. Receivers Jeremy Maclin and Rookie Jordan Matthews had huge games as Maclin finished the game with 154 receiving yards and a huge TD and Matthews had 59 yards and 2 TD.
The Eagles came up big today despite losing players to injury and ejection in this game and the season, showing that they are serious competitors this season no matter what the circumstances are. Philadelphia heads to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in Levi’s Stadium at 4:25 pm ET. Don’t forget to wear your Eagles gear and support the team in what is guaranteed to be a tough football game.