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Redskins-Eagles: Upon Further Review...

Redskins.com recaps Sunday's 21-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField:

First Impressions:

#### Revealing Moment:

The game was in doubt until late in the fourth quarter. Leading 21-19, Philadelphia took over possession with 4:58 left in the game: plenty of time for the Redskins' defense to make a stop and give the offense the ball back for a dramatic finish. Except the offense never got the ball back. Just before the two-minute warning, Brian Westbrook raced past left tackle for a 12-yard pickup to basically seal the win for the Eagles. At that point, Washington was out of time outs and could not stop the clock

Redskins Play of the Game:

#### Redskins Player of the Game:

Tough call between Ladell Betts and Antwaan Randle El. Betts was the workhorse, but Randle El was the playmaker. So Randle El it is. He caught a team-high six passes for 85 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell late in the third quarter as the Redskins tried to come back from an early 18-point deficit. In the fourth quarter, Randle El took a handoff and fooled the Eagles with a deep pass to Brandon Lloyd. It helped set up the Redskins' final points in the 21-19 defeat.

Redskins Unsung Hero:

#### What Went Wrong

-- Big plays haunted the Redskins' defense again, in an otherwise solid effort. (Consider: the defense yielded just 14 first downs, 164 passing yards and 263 total offensive yards.) But a 60-yard "explosion play," as Joe Gibbs likes to call them, from quarterback Jeff Garcia to wide receiver Reggie Brown set up Philadelphia's third touchdown and gave the Eagles a commanding 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

-- With 4:58 on the game clock and the Redskins' defense needing a stop to give the ball back to the offense, the Eagles converted three first downs to close out the game.

-- In a recurring theme this season, Carlos Rogers and Marcus Washington each had a chance for an interception. The ball slipped through their fingers.

-- The Redskins' pass rush could not muster a sack on quarterback Jeff Garcia. It was the fourth game this season the defense was held without a sack.

-- Jason Campbell's two first-half interceptions proved costly. On his first, he did not see linebacker Omar Gaither, who stepped in front of a pass to Santana Moss. On his second, he threw a slant to Chris Cooley, but cornerback William James tipped the ball away and it fell into the arms of safety Michael Lewis. He raced 84 yards the other way for a touchdown.

-- The Redskins committed 11 penalties for 68 yards. The most costly may have been a 5-yard infraction for 12 men in the offensive huddle, which occurred late in the fourth quarter. The penalty forced the offense into a 3rd-and-goal at the Eagles' 8-yard line, instead of 3rd-and-goal at the 3.

-- On 3rd-and-goal at the 8-yard line, the Redskins could not pick up a blitz from safety Brian Dawkins, who sacked Jason Campbell for a 9-yard loss. The Redskins had to settle for a field goal--and the offense would not get another chance.

What Went Right

#### What's Next:

Wow. The New Orleans Saints were a powerhouse in defeating the Dallas Cowboys 42-17 at Texas Stadium on Sunday night. The Redskins will have their hands full with the NFL's top-ranked offense, which includes quarterback Drew Brees and running backs Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush. It will be Washington's first visit to New Orleans since the 2001 season and first game against the Saints since 2003.

Stats Geek:

#### Quote:

"We never expected to be here, but it happened. To some degree we have been humbled by the experience. There is a purpose behind it. What ever the purpose is we don't understand it but hopefully we will in the future. All we have to look forward to is to continue to work hard and be prepared for next week." -- defensive end Andre Carter

Lasting Impressions:

With the 21-19 loss to Philadelphia, the 4-9 Redskins were officially eliminated from the playoff race. Three games to go, and players talk about establishing some late-season momentum to carry over into next year. Meantime, Joe Gibbs is evaluating every player on the 53-man roster to determine who returns next season--and who will go.

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