Led by Robert Griffin III’s record-setting performance, the Washington Redskins (4-6) snuck into third place in the NFC East after routing the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7), 31-6 at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon.
Donning the captain’s “C,” Griffin looked the part, completing 14 of 15 passes, to make his completion percentage – 93 percent – the best ever by a rookie quarterback. By day’s end, he managed to toss for a career-high four touchdowns and 200 yards, and rushed for another 84 yards over 12 carries.
Griffin’s rookie counterpart, Nick Foles, never had a chance against the Burgundy and Gold, despite throwing for 204 yards in his first career start. On the third play of the game, Foles lobbed a short pass intended for tight end Brent Celek that wound up in DeAngelo Hall’s hands. Hall carried the ball for 22 yards, bringing the Redskins to Philadelphia’s 9-yard line. Within the first 45 seconds of the Redskins’ possession, Griffin connected with Darrell Young for the touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead that would go unscathed the duration of the game.
The Eagles’ offense began to fire on more cylinders at the end of the first quarter, but efforts put forth by the newly returned Brandon Meriweather and Hall forced the Eagles to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Alex Henery to put them on the board.
On the Redskins’ next possession, Griffin drove the offense 80 yards on six plays, which culminated in a beautiful 49-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson to give the Redskins some wiggle room with a 14-3 lead.
Put simply, it didn’t matter.
On the Eagles’ next possession, they managed a loss of one yard over five plays, which included a holding penalty on Jeremy Maclin, an incomplete pass to Clay Harbor and a sack and fumble forced by the Redskins’ Josh Wilson.
With less than a minute left in the half, LeSean McCoy managed a fumble, which Ryan Kerrigan recovered at the Eagles’ 14-yard line. Thirty seconds turned out to be more than enough time for Kai Forbath to center a 25-yard field goal, sending the Redskins to the locker room with a 17-3 lead.
The Eagles managed another field goal in the third quarter to narrow their deficit, but shortly after, the offense seemingly threw in the towel.
Griffin and the Redskins wasted no time taking advantage of holes in the Philly defense, either. Griffin himself scrambled for 23 yards on the next drive and fired a 61-yard pass to Santana Moss, which Moss miraculously nabbed in the end zone despite being tailed by two defenders.
Griffin added salt to the Eagles’ wounds in the fourth quarter after rushing for another 28 yards and tossing to Logan Paulsen for a 17-yard touchdown to give the Redskins an untouchable 31-6 lead.
In addition to Griffin’s stellar performance, the Redskins celebrated the return of both Pierre Garcon and Meriweather. Meriweather, however, left the game in the third quarter with a right knee sprain but stated after the game that he was pulled for precautionary reasons given the score.
The Redskins will look to carry the momentum from Sunday’s win into their matchup Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, who hold a 6-0 record against their all-time rivals on Thanksgiving.