Eagles Crumble Before Lowly Redskins

The Eagles season is limping to a pitiful finish after the third loss in the month of December.

Mark Sanchez's mostly-awesome performance, Zach Ertz's franchise-high 15 receptions, and Riley Cooper's two-touchdown outing mean nothing.

The Eagles fell 27-24 to the Redskins in Landover, MD. With the defeat, Philadelphia is rendered mostly brain-dead, with some form of miracle needed to get the team into the postseason. The same mistakes that haunted the Eagles, even in their nine victories, came to collect once more in defeat.

Philadelphia must now hope that Dallas slips up tomorrow against the Colts to even have a shot at the postseason. Otherwise, a long offseason begins with which to clean house of some obvious non-hackers among the team.

GREAT PERFORMANCES SQUANDERED

Zach Ertz, as mentioned, set a franchise-record with 15 receptions. Seemed as though every pass thrown by Sanchez was to Ertz, who had a slew of grabs in the second half, one right after another. After playing quietly for a number of weeks, Ertz came to life to the tune of 115 yards.

For his part, Sanchez played a monster game, completing 37 of 50 throws for 374 yards and two touchdowns. After playing very tentatively against the Seahawks and Cowboys the prior games, Sanchez stepped up and made plays, particularly with the team down ten.

Cooper ended up with one of his better performances of the season, which has largely been a disappointment. Cooper hauled in both of the touchdown throws, catching five balls in all for 53 yards.

UNTIMELY BLUNDERS

As is the story of their 2014, it just wasn't an Eagles game without some bad breaks. The first of which came on a Sanchez fumble on the Eagles first possession, forced by a charging Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins cashed in with a field goal after the recovery.

The usually reliable Cody Parkey played through a groin injury, and missed two field goals, his first multi-miss game of his young career. Making just one of the two could have made all the difference, with a short one slightly wide-right. Making it worse was the fact that the Eagles recovered a fumble on the opening kick of the second half to create the opportunity for 'sure' points.

Bradley Fletcher was duly torched again by DeSean Jackson and company. He didn't allow any touchdown passes, but the beleaguered corner lagged behind receivers, and even played poorly on kick return coverage.

ONE LAST MISTAKE

The Eagles forced their way back from down 24-14, tying the game with almost six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Just before the two-minute warning, the Eagles began a drive from their own 15.

Ertz and Cooper came through with chain-moving catches, and the Eagles spilled into Redskins territory. Then Sanchez threw off target to Jeremy Maclin, a pass that was picked off by Beshaud Breeland at Washington's 42.

The Redskins drove down following a long Pierre Garcon catch and a Vinny Curry roughing penalty to hit the winning field goal with five seconds left.

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