Late field goal takes Eagles past Redskins
Nothing was going right for the Philadelphia Eagles when Donovan McNabb decided to give a pep talk.
Then it was time for another comeback win.
David Akers kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining and the Eagles rallied for a 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
A week ago, McNabb led the Eagles (7-4) to a late touchdown in a 24-20 win at Chicago. It was the first time Philadelphia came from behind in the final quarter and won since a 33-25 victory at Washington on Nov. 11, 2007.
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"We knew we can do it," McNabb said. "We just had to get it done."
So what did McNabb say to his teammates?
"You got to get your point across," he said. "There's nothing soft-spoken on the sideline. When you have a talented team, sometimes you need to bring the nasty attitude out of them."
Akers made all four of his field goal attempts, extending his streak to 16. Asante Samuel had two interceptions and McNabb threw for 260 yards and one touchdown.
Jason Campbell had 231 yards passing and two TDs for Washington, which fell short at the end for the second straight week. The injury-depleted Redskins (3-8) lost 7-6 at Dallas last Sunday.
"It's hard to come back after a loss like we had last week and this week," Washington coach Jim Zorn said. "I hope that we talk sense and sanity into what we find ourselves in. And that's difficult."
Trying to set an early tone and perhaps underestimating the Redskins, the Eagles opened with an onside kick that backfired. Then, already playing without star running back Brian Westbrook, the Eagles lost big-play receiver DeSean Jackson in the second half to a concussion.