Sunday’s game with Washington does have some meaning. Hanging on it is a .500 record, a four game winning streak, and going 5-1 against teams from the NFC East. I do not believe in the idea that winning will give the Eagles any momentum going into 2012. It has been great to see this team come together over the past three games. This has happened despite knowing that they had a slim to zero chance of making the playoffs.
The Redskins also handed the Philadelphia their worst loss of the 2010 season. Washington came to Philadelphia at 1-2. The Eagles were gathering confidence having squeezed by the Lions and defeating Jacksonville 28 t0 3. This was Donovan McNabb’s return as a player to Philadelphia. The playing field where he had some great triumphs and his share of disappointments specifically two of the four losses in the NFC Tile game-to Tampa Bay 27 to 10 in 02 and Carolina 14 to 3 in 03.
The Eagles looked unprepared as they fell behind 14 to o in the first quarter. Ryan Torrain capped a one drive with a 12 yard touchdown run. After that, McNabb threw a 31 yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley. There was 17 to 6 deficit at halftime and a scoreless third quarter. Kevin Kolb threw a touchdown pass to Brent Celek but the Eagles missed on a two point conversion. I felt that that would be costly and it was.
Philadelphia had the ball inside the Redskins 20 very late in the game. Jason Avant barely missed a catch in the End Zone as time ran out. This was the biggest loss of the season. Special teams and that last drive were the keys. Had the Eagles got the two points earlier, a field goal would have sent the game into overtime.
This loss really deflated the Eagles for the entire season. That should be some additional motivation.