The Washington Redskins went into Philadelphia on Sunday to face a NFC East rival, an extremely difficult place to play in, and won a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes very much alive and well. The Redskins defeated the Eagles, 27-22, thanks to a great defensive stop in the final seconds to seal the victory.
Here is what we learned from Sunday’s game…
The defense finally made the big stop.
The Washington Redskins had a game against Detroit earlier this season, in which the defense needed to make one last stop in the final seconds to win. They could not do it, as the Lions scored a touchdown and won the game.
Sunday in Philadelphia, rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, was given just under two minutes to march his team down the field to win the game for the Eagles. With just one timeout left, Wentz was able to get down to the Washington 14-yard line before defensive coordinator, Joe Barry, dialed up the pressure and the Redskins forced a turnover.
This defense is currently depleted, with injuries to Compton, Kerrigan, and Cravens throughout this game in particular. Kerrigan was able to return and was certainly a force in this one. Compton and Cravens will be undergoing MRIs on Monday.
Trent Williams made a difference in his return.
Trent Williams served his four-game suspension, and obviously was not happy about it. He came back on Sunday and was a difference maker. Kirk Cousins was not under too much pressure in this game, and had almost zero pressure come from the left side. The biggest impact Williams made was on the game-winning touchdown run by Chris Thompson, as Williams made the block that set Thompson free.
Robert Kelley does all of the small things right.
Robert Kelley has been compared to Marshawn Lynch over the last few weeks, and rightly so. Other than the touchdown run in the second quarter, Kelley did not have many other big time runs. However, he constantly turned runs that were going to be for a loss into a small gain. He constantly turned two-yard runs into four and five-yard runs. With an explosive passing game that the Redskins have, this is all the running game needs to do for the offense to be balanced and efficient. Sunday’s game proved exactly why the decision was made to scratch Matt Jones a few week back, and give the starting job to Fat Rob moving forward.
The Washington Redskins survived the first test, and could possibly be back in the second wild card spot by the end of the day. Next Monday night against the Carolina Panthers will be no easy task, but is the next step for the Redskins during this postseason push.