Eagles Fail As Spoiler; Limp Into Off-Season

The Philadelphia Eagles hoped that a win in their season finale would give them at least a bit of a warm, cozy feeling heading into the off-season. Instead, they bumbled their way through the fourth quarter and limp into the off-season with a lot of question marks.

It all looked good. The Eagles led 17-10 at half-time and 20-17 to start the fourth quarter. It all looked like they would split their season-series with the Redskins and do their part to help keep the 'skins out of the post-season. Then, it all turned ugly.

The Eagles fourth quarter drives ended with an two interceptions, two fumbles and a punt. Meanwhile, the Redskins took advantage of every miscue, no matter how small and took it to the Eagles. Offensively, the Redskins weren't dominant in the final quarter, but they did get a winning touchdown and handed things over to their defense, which helped put some points on the board and the end result was a 31-20 win and a playoff spot for Washington.

Mike McMahon, who was pulled in the fourth quarter, completed 51.6 of his passes, the second highest of his troubled season. After handing the ball over to Washington on a fumble, McMahon took a seat in favor of Koy Detmer. Detmer wasn't able to do much and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown as the Redskins put things away.

While McMahon was only slightly better, Reggie Brown became a favorite target and caught two touchdown passes, both coming early on as the Eagles took their lead. Brown caught seven passes for 77 yards to lead the birds. L.J. Smith caught three passes for 73 yards, including a 48 yard catch.

Perhaps the biggest news though was the emergence of Bruce Perry. The young running back got a chance to carry the ball a team-high 15 times and gained 70 yards. Ryan Moats, who had been getting the bulk of the carries since Brian Westbrook wound up on injured reserve, carried the ball just seven times for 53 yards. Perry figures to have a shot at getting some carries next season even with a healthy Westbrook. Of course, Correll Buckhalter is slated to return from injury to serve as the number two on the back. Whether or not Perry or Moats will be able to crack the lineup for much time next season, remains to be seen.


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