12th Reason for Buddy Ryan Appeal-The Body Bag Game

At Veterans Stadium on Monday Night November 12, 1990 came the famous Body Bag Game where the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 28 to 14.  Merrill Reese said the Eagles had the Washington Redskins for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Old DC carted or escorted nine players from the field.  The Eagles sacked Redskins’ quarterbacks four times for 44 yards and got three turnovers.  The place resembled a War Zone.   When the Eagles defense plays like this, the offense just has to avoid  mistakes.

In the first period, William Frizzell returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles led 7 to 0.  The Redskins tied the score in the second and Philadelphia missed a chance to make this game even easier.  Redskins Corner  Martin Mayhew frustrated a long Eagle drive with an interception in the his own End Zone. The halftime score was tied at seven.

The third period was a defensive clinic.  Held on third down within their own 10 yard line, Washington punted. Eagles moved 41 yards for a touchdown. On a option play,  Keith Byers threw a short pass to Heath Sherman.  Then came two great defensive series back-to-back.    Wes Hopkins led a blitz on Stan Humphries,  who fumbled.  Clyde Simmons returned the loose leather 28 yards for a touchdown.  After the kickoff,  Byron Evans tipped a pass to Reggie White, who went 33 yards to the nine.  Heath Sherman caught his second touchdown pass, this one from Randall Cunningham.  The score was 28 to 7 after the third quarter.

In the last quarter, the hard pressed Skins put Brian Mitchell at quarterback.   Washington scored a touchdown against a Prevent Defense, which proved nothing.  Bang Up game with the Birds winning 28 to 14;  and the 12th reason for the appeal of Buddy Ryan.


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