Redskins Stumble to Season-Ending Loss

Redskins suffer biggest loss of season, 34-10

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    Mike Shanahan argues with an official in the first half.

    The Redskins wrapped up a disappointing 2011 season with a disappointing loss, as they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 34-10 Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

    The Redskins finished the season 5-11, one game worse than 2010's 6-10 mark. That record is the worst of Mike Shanahan's NFL head coaching tenure. The loss was Washington's biggest of the season.

    The Eagles (8-8) never trailed as Alex Henery's 35-yard field goal opened the scoring early in an otherwise lackluster first quarter.

    Washington had a chance to equalize with six minutes left in the second quarter, but Graham Gano's 36-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Derek Landry, who bowled over guard Tyler Polumbus and long snapper Nick Sundberg to disrupt the kick.

    Philadelphia took immediate advantage of the gift, marching 65 yards in eight plays. Michael Vick capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Chad Hall, who bowled over tackle attempts by DeAngelo Hall and Perry Riley on his way to the end zone.

    Washington's last chance to put points on the board was lost due to a comical series of errors. After Riley recovered a Vick fumble at the Eagles 17, the Redskins got as far as the Philadelphia 4 before an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Santana Moss put paid to any thoughts of a touchdown. The fiasco concluded with the Redskins frantically trying to rush the field goal team onto the field as the half expired.

    The Redskins did score a touchdown on the opening possession of the second half as Roy Helu took a swing pass from Rex Grossman and limped 47 yards into the end zone. Gano's point after cut the Eagle lead to 10-7, but the play was marred by Donte' Stallworth receiving an unsportsmanlike penalty for a group demonstration with Helu.

    Benefiting from a slightly shorter field, the Eagles drove 72 yards in 13 plays, converting a 3rd-and-8 and 3rd-and-13 along the way. Henery's 20-yard field goal made the score 13-7.

    The Redskins responded by driving to the Philadelphia 9-yard line before settling for a 27-yard field goal. However, Vick ended the competitive portion of the game on Philadelphia's next possession, finding DeSean Jackson with a 62-yard scoring strike to provide the final margin of victory with 12:01 to play.

    Vick added his third touchdown pass of the day with just under six minutes to play, finding Brent Celek from four yards away. Dion Lewis provided the final margin of victory for the Eagles with a 9-yard touchdown run with just under two minutes to play.