The Redskins, 5-6 after three straight heartbreaking November defeats by a total of 10 points, have won four straight for the first time in four years to put themselves on the brink of their first playoff berth in six years.
However, Washington still has to sweep the Eagles for the first time in 17 years or hope that Minnesota loses one of its last two or Dallas loses to tanking St. Louis.
However, not only did Ramsey play well in the second half on Saturday, Brunell hasn't thrown for as many as 200 yards in six games. Despite Brunell's 22 touchdown passes -- the most by a Redskin since Brad Johnson's 24 for the 1999 NFC East champions, the 35-year-old quarterback has been far from the key to the turnaround.
What has changed is the offense's emphasis on running the ball and the defense's newfound penchant for big plays.
As in their glory days under Joe Gibbs from 1981-92, the Redskins are playing smashmouth football, averaging 173 yards on 37 carries during their four-game winning streak.
Clinton Portis, who had just two games with more than 103 yards in the first 11 games, has averaged 115 yards on 25 carries since, giving him a Redskins-record eight 100-yard days this season and moving him within 28 yards of Stephen Davis' team season rushing mark.
The defense, which had forced just 11 turnovers and recorded 18 sacks in the first 11 games, has forced 11 turnovers and recorded 13 sacks in the last four weeks.
If the Redskins get in the playoffs, they could make some noise. They've beaten the Seahawks, Bears and Giants and came oh so close to beating the Buccaneers. That 4-1 mark against higher-seeded teams makes Washington dangerous.
Replay vs. Giants
The Redskins reversed their 36-0 whipping on Oct. 30 at Giants Stadium -- the worst of coach Gibbs' Hall of Fame career -- with a better run defense with healthy Cornelius Griffin and Joe Salave'a clogging the middle, Gibbs' willingness to stick with the run through some rocky early results and big plays by Pro Bowl receiver Santana Moss.
Washington survived Brunell's interception for a touchdown which put New York ahead late in the first quarter, and then the loss of Brunell to a sprained knee in the third quarter which forced former starter Ramsey into meaningful action for the first time in 15 weeks.
The Redskins went ahead to stay, 14-10, on Moss' 59-yard touchdown at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in improving to 9-6 overall, 9-2 in the NFC, 4-1 in the division and 6-2 at home, all marks they hadn't reached since their 1999 NFC East title season.
-- QB Mark Brunell sprained his knee in the second quarter and was replaced by Patrick Ramsey. Brunell's status for the regular season finale at Philadelphia and possible playoff games is up in the air.
-- OG Ray Brown, at 43 the NFL's oldest lineman since the 1920s, started at right guard and held his own in place of the injured Randy Thomas.
-- DE Phillip Daniels had Washington's only sack, giving him five sacks the last two weeks and giving him the team lead with seven. Daniels last had more sacks in 2001 when he had a career-high nine for NFC Central Division champion Chicago.
-- LB LaVar Arrington returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised thigh and finished second on the defense with six tackles.