There is no way I can stat up this game -- it was a stinker. Neither offense could really get anything going, both defenses were all over the field and there were enough bad plays to fill Daniel Snyder's mansion.
Still, it was a gripping game that went down to the final play of the game. It also came down to the final inches of the field.
Down 10-3, the Eagles made a last second drive to tie the game. With :12 left on the clock, Donovan McNabb completed a pass to Reggie Brown on the two, maybe three, inch line. The Redskins LaRon Landry and Fred Smoot stopped him there and with Philly out of timeouts, the clock ran out. Yes, that is the play pictured above.
This is a huge blow to the Eagles playoff chances. Coming into the game, Philly actually held its own destiny. With a win over the Redskins and next week against the Cowboys, the Eagles would have been in the playoffs. Now Philly needs to win and hope Tampa Bay loses to Oakland and Chicago loses tomorrow against Green Bay or in Houston next week. While possible, it's hard to pin your hopes on Oakland winning in Tampa against Jon Gruden.
For the Redskins, they entered this game all but out of the playoffs (despite the win today, they have been officially eliminated). The team has looked lackadaisical over the past two months and there were rumblings about Jim Zorn's future in Washington. Not to say that those questions won't linger, but the fact that the Redskins played with fire for the first time since ... well, September ... should take some of the pressure of Zorn.
For the Eagles, they will spend much of the week (and maybe the offseason) wondering how things might have been different if Brown actually finished his route in the end zone.
Redskins 10, Eagles 3: Philadelphia Missed It By Thaaaat Much originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 21 Dec 2008 19:44:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.