Eagles Hold Off Skins For 21-19 Win

Ladell Betts had a career day, but the Redskins couldn't take advantage of the Eagles lack of run defense. The defense did help out on the scoreboard with a touchdown of their own as the Eagles beat Washington for the second time this season.

Last season, the Eagles were swept by their division rivals. This season, they've returned the favor to the Washington Redskins, beating the Skins in each of two matchups and dropping Washington to 4-9 on the season.

The Eagles moved themself into good playoff position, if they can keep winning. With games against the Giants and Cowboys over the next two weeks, there's a lot that can happen.

Ladell Betts rushed for a career-high 171 yards on 33 carries, but was surprisingly overlooked on a key Redskins drive. With Washington inside the Eagles five yard line, they went to T.J. Duckett on back-to-back plays before Jason Campbell was sacked on third down, leaving the Redskins with just a field goal that left them two points behind the Eagles.

Jeff Garcia was 15-for-23 for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He also continued his streak of no interceptions since taking over for Donovan McNabb. Garcia hit L.J. Smith and Donte Stallworth on short touchdown passes in the first half as the Birds took a 21-6 lead into the locker room. Their other score came on an 84 yard interception return by Michael Lewis.

The Redskins kept the Eagles off the scoreboard in the second half.

The Eagles defense came into the game with just six sacks in the last seven games and the Skins had allowed Jason Campbell to be sacked just three times since he took over as the Redskins quarterback. On Sunday, the Eagles were able to get to Campbell twice, once on the key third down play to keep Washington out of the end zone.

With the win, the Birds are now 7-6, tied with the Giants for second in the NFC East. Dallas is 8-4 and plays Sunday night against New Orleans. In the wild-card race, the Eagles have the same record as the Giants and Falcons. The Eagles play in New York next weekend and in Dallas on Christmas night. They wrap up the regular season schedule with a home game against Atlanta on New Year's Eve.


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