—Pierre Garçon is one tough sucker. In the final drive he turned what could have been a killer interception into a key catch by ripping the ball away from a defender who had designs on it at the Eagles 16. Then, in his words, he “felt hits from all over, hits from everybody” as he caught the game-winning touchdown pass just across the goal line in the final seconds. He didn’t know if he had scored until he started getting hit in the head. These hits, however, were of the celebratory variety from his teammates.
—Ryan Kerrigan is having a pretty good year. Today you saw him miss a few sacks of Sam Bradford before finally getting one after the Redskins took their late lead. That gives him just one and a half for the year and that is leading to some criticism. But as he did earlier in the game, he has been getting pressure without getting sacks and he’s been a key part of the team’s solid rushing defense.
—Jamison Crowder is a keeper. He was the Redskins’ leading receiver with seven receptions for 65 yards. The rookie made a spectacular, leaping catch to pick up 22 yards on a key third down in the third quarter. The catch got the Redskins into field goal position.
—The Redskins continued their good work on third down, converting nine of 17, a 53 percent conversion rate. That puts them at 48 percent for the season, a quantum leap over their 30 percent rate for 2014.
—The defense allowed the Eagles just four third-down conversion in 12 opportunities. That is consistent with their rate of 31.3 percent for the season.
—The Redskins played some good kicker defense. Well, actually, they had some good luck. New Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 33-yard field goal wide left and an extra point. That is four supposedly automatic points lost in a game the Eagles lost by three. You do the math.
—Chris Culliver played hurt so he has to be cut some slack. But he gave up two long touchdown passes, one to Riley Cooper and one from the washed-up Miles Austin.
—Quinton Dunbar was promoted to the active roster this week. He left his mark by running into Eagles punt returner Darren Sproles. Problem was, Sproles had called a fair catch. That gave the Eagles a good start on a drive that ended in the game-tying touchdown for the Eagles.
—Jordan Reed’s fumble late in the third quarter could have ended up costing the Redskins the game. With Washington driving, Reed caught a Kirk Cousins pass over the middle. He did not have the ball secure as he fought for extra yardage and Connor Barwin pried it out. Three plays later, the Eagles had the lead.
—The Redskins were hit with 10 penalties for 110 yards. Some of them were questionable, like the unnecessary roughness call on Trenton Robinson in the third quarter. But many of the calls were legit and the Redskins are not good enough to continue to give away yards and still win.