PHILADELPHIA – Things were unraveling fast for the Philadelphia Eagles, and their epic 10-game home losing streak looked and felt as if it were about to get more epic.
And then came No. 7 in our series of 10 plays that shaped and defined the Eagles’ 2013 season:
The Eagles had taken a 24-0 lead on Washington at Lincoln Financial Field. As the fourth quarter began, writers were starting to look up and tweet out information about the Eagles’ last defensive shutout.
And then the Eagles failed on a fourth-and-1 attempt in Washington territory. One the very next play, Robert Griffin III found fullback Darrel Young on the left sideline. Young turned a routine catch into a 62-yard touchdown, and Griffin completed a pass to Nick Williams for the two-point conversion.
So much for the shutout. The game still seemed in hand until Griffin winged a deep pass on his next possession. Aldrick Robinson came back to the ball, diving to make a catch for a 41-yard touchdown. Griffin ran the ball in for another conversion and suddenly it was a one-score game.
Surely the Eagles offense, with its league-best running game, could get control of things. But no. The Eagles went three-and-out. Fortunately for them, Donnie Jones’ punt rolled all the way to the Washington 10-yard line, a 70-yard net. Griffin would have to go 90 yards in 3 minutes, 26 seconds.
He went 72 yards
On third-and-1 at the Philadelphia 18, Griffin dropped back to throw. He was under pressure and tried to fire the ball out of the back of the end zone. He didn’t get enough on it, though, and Boykin caught it to end the comeback threat.
The Eagles had their third win in a row, taking over first place in the NFC East.
The Eagles had a one-game home winning streak.
The Eagles defense, which had been dreadful early in the season and suspect at other times, had a signature moment, a victory where it came through when the offense couldn’t get the job done.