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Instant analysis: Kirk Cousins captains Redskins' comeback win over Eagles

The Washington Redskins rallied for a thrilling 23-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

LANDOVER -- With the game and perhaps the season sinking, the Washington Redskins needed a scoring drive. So Kirk Cousins captained a comeback with Pierre Garcon providing the hands on deck.

Cousins capped an 18-play, 90-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown to Garcon with 26 seconds remaining as the Redskins evened their record at 2-2 with a 23-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.

For the second straight home game, the Redskins held the opponent scoreless in the first half. After halftime of the NFC East showdown, Sam Bradford and the  Eagles lit up the scoreboard and took the lead. For the umpteenth time under coach Jay Gruden, it appeared the Redskins couldn't mount a comeback after falling behind. 

With Cousins scoring the lone touchdown in the first half with a 1-yard run after initially fumbling the snap the center, the Redskins led 13-0 at halftime. Dustin Hopkins nailed all three of his field goal attempts, including a 33-yarder in the third quarter for a 16-13 lead. 

That lead didn't last long. Bradford threw three touchdown passes in the second half including a 39-yard scoring toss to Miles Austin on the second play of the fourth quarter to give the Eagles (1-3) a 20-16 lead.

Cousins finished 31 of 46 for 290 yards with one touchdown pass and one score on the ground. Bradford went 15 of 28 for 254 yards and three touchdowns.

Good stats: The Redskins converted 9 of 17 third down plays.

Bad stats: Penalties on both sides of the ball hampered the Redskins. Some were valid, others not so much, but most were costly and all 10 added up to 110 yards. 

  • Chris Culliver did play after missing most of the week with knee pain. However, his play pained the Redskins defense. Both of Bradford's lengthy touchdown passes were against Culliver, including Austin's score and a Riley Cooper's 62-yard touchdown catch on their first possession of the second half.  Worth noting that Bradford didn't complete a pass over 20 yards in any of Philadelphia's first three games. 

  • One big picture story unfolded pregame. Even with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring) still sidelined, the Redskins did not put Andre Roberts on the active roster. That meant more Jamison Crowder and Rashad Ross along with Ryan Grant. That's all good for the long haul and the short-term. On a driving ending in Hopkins' third field goal for a 16-13 lead in the third quarter, Ross hauled in a 43-yard pass and Crowder made a dynamic leaping first down catch in traffic on 3rd-and-18 for 22 yards. 

  • Garcon, who briefly left with a knee injury, finished with seven receptions for 55 yards while Crowder went 7-65.

  • Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgs missed a field goal and an extra point in his first game with Phladelphia.

  • Washington's pass rush went from missing in action in the Week 3 loss to the Giants to playing a spotlight role in the first half against the Eagles. Chris Baker registered two sacks in the same game for the first time in his NFL career and rookie Preston Smith also brought down Bradford.  Ryan Kerrigan also applied pressure, but couldn't get Bradford to the ground. The fiest occassion led to an incomplete pass on third down. The second time, Bradford found Brent Celek wide open for a 10-yard touchdown pass which tied the game 13-13 in the thid quarter. 

  • Alfred Morris received the start over Matt Jones, but didnt do much with it. Morris rushed for 62 yards on 17 carries. It's not just the lack of production, but the lack of pop with most of the carries, though he delivered a key 16-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jones (7-11) played a back seat to Morris and Chris Thompson

  • Drops factored into Roberts' demotion, but didn't mean they were eliminated from the game. Washington had two in the fourth quarter, including one from Chris Thompson on third down.

  • Injury watch: Kerrigan left in the second quarter with a hip injury, but returned. 

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