Continuing a review of the Redskins' 5-1 division record last season, today we highlight the season series sweep against the hapless Philadelphia Eagles.
After tormenting the Redskins for the better part of the 2000s, the Redskins got some revenge on their northern neighbors with two decisive victories over the Eagles.
For the third consecutive season, the Redskins hosted the Eagles as the first game after their bye week, and won for the first time in that span.
The victory kept the Redskins from sinking into fourth place in the NFC East and kick-started a historic seven game march to the playoffs.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had his first dominating performance in the NFL in Week 11, slinging 14-for-15 for 200 yards and four of his 20 touchdowns on the season.
In Week 16, Griffin III returned to the field after sitting out against Cleveland, passing for 198 yards and two more touchdowns in a careful but effective performance. Here's a look back at the seven Redskins touchdowns against the Eagles in 2012, listed in chronological order.
1. Robert Griffin III To Darrel Young For Six Yards
The Redskins came out of their bye week with a bang, intercepting Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles and setting Robert Griffin III and the offense up in field goal range.
On 2nd-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Griffin III took the snap out of the pistol formation, and faked once to fullback Darrel Young before selling a second fake to running back Alfred Morris.
While Young ran wide of the line, Morris provided a chip block for the oncoming pass rush, leaving Griffin III protected and Young uncovered in the flats.
Griffin III rolled to his right and slung the ball to Young, who ran untouched into the end zone:
2. Robert Griffin III To Aldrick Robinson For 49 Yards
The Redskins needed no red zone offense on their next score, as offensive coordinator employed the speed of seldom-used sophomore receiver Aldrick Robinson to go deep.
Like many big plays in 2012, Robinson's score was set up off of a play-action fake to running back Alfred Morris, with an added fake end around to Brandon Banks.
The deception bought time for Robert Griffin III to find Robinson downfield.
The 49-yard pass traveled more than 60 yards in the air, finding Robinson alone in the end zone for one of the NFL's 'Can't Miss Plays of the Week':
3. Robert Griffin III To Santana Moss For 61 Yards
Despite holding a 17-6 lead in the third quarter, the Redskins were unconcerned with running down the clock, focusing instead on building confidence on offense.
Santana Moss has been the Redskins' leader at receiver since his arrival in 2005, but has had his least division success against Philadelphia.
He made up for years of frustration in one play, beating double coverage for a spectacular catch, before spinning the last three yards for a 61-yard touchdown.
Not surprisingly, this was also named one of the NFL's 'Can't Miss Plays of the Week':
4. Robert Griffin III To Logan Paulsen For 17 Yards
Not wanting to risk a fluky fourth-straight loss, the Redskins poured it on in the fourth quarter, expanding their 24-6 lead with one final touchdown for good measure.
Ever since tight end Fred Davis went down in Week 7, Logan Paulsen had taken over as the team's top option.
Often relegated to the blocking tight end category, Paulsen showed that he was a dual-threat in the red zone, catching a 17-yard touchdown for the fourth score of the day:
With starting quarterback Robert Griffin III back in the lineup for Week 16, the Redskins kept rolling on offense, scoring another three touchdowns against the Phildelphia Eagles.
On the season, the Redskins scored seven touchdowns against the Eagles, more than the last three years combined.
Griffin III keyed the offense, despite being limited with a sore right knee. He finished the day 16-for-24 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and and 102.4 passer rating.
5. Robert Griffin III To Joshua Morgan For 11 Yards
The first touchdown of the day came with 3:30 remaining in the first half and the Redskins driving inside the red zone.
Griffin III lined up under center, with receiver Joshua Morgan coming in motion behind him, left to right.
Griffin III took the snap and immediately passed to Morgan, who followed a series of blocks by fellow receivers Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss for his first Redskins receiving touchdown:
The touchdown gave the Redskins the 13-10 halftime advantage, a lead that they would not relinquish.
6. Alfred Morris For 10 Yards
The Redskins received the ball first in the second half and marched 72 yards down the field in just five plays, taking 2:21 off the clock.
The Redskins picked up 50 yards through the air with 29-yard and 21-yard passes to Garcon and tight end Niles Paul, setting up the ground game for running back Alfred Morris.
After gains of nine and three yards, Morris broke through on 1st-and-10 from the Eagles 10-yard line, racing untouched for his 10th touchdown of the year:
Morris's touchdown tied the franchise mark set by future Hall of Famer Charley Taylor for combined touchdowns in a rookie season.
7. Robert Griffin III To Santana Moss For 22 Yards
The Redskins now had a 20-10 lead, and had outscored the Eagles 20-3 in the previous 28 minutes of play.
After a punt on the next possession, the Redskins got the ball back following an Eagles turnover on downs at the 50-yard line.
Looking to deflate the clock, the Redskins pounded the ball on four-consecuitve plays, gaining 28 yards on the ground.
Griffin III did the rest of the work through the air, finding Santana Moss for 22 yards on third down: