PHILADELPHIA: Just name the Washington Football Team division champs.
Alex Smith threw two landing passes and Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday evening to seize the lowly NFC East.
The Washington franchise, which modified its nickname in July after years of protests about it, grew to become the primary staff within the Super Bowl period to achieve the playoffs following a 2-7 begin.
Led by Smith and first-year coach Ron Rivera, who overcame a type of pores and skin most cancers through the season, Washington (7-9) is the third staff to win a division title with a shedding document throughout a full 16-game season. Seattle (2010) and Carolina (2014) beforehand did it and every gained a playoff recreation.
Washington earned the NFCs No. Four seed and can host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) in a wild-card recreation subsequent Saturday evening. A loss wouldve given the New York Giants (6-10) the division title.
Smith threw a 13-yard TD go to Logan Thomas within the second quarter to present Washington a 17-14 lead it by no means relinquished after Jalen Hurts scored on a pair of 6-yard TD runs for Philadelphia (4-11-1).
The 36-year-old Smith started the season because the No. three quarterback, a exceptional comeback following 17 surgical procedures on his leg and a life-threatening an infection put his profession in jeopardy. He led Washingtons turnaround, going 4-1 earlier than lacking the earlier two video games with a calf pressure.
Smith tossed a 5-yard go to Terry McLaurin to present Washington a 7-Zero lead within the first quarter. After Kamren Curl intercepted Hurts go, Dustin Hopkins kicked a 42-yard discipline objective to make it 10-0.
Smith completed 22 of 32 for 162 yards and two picks with the 2 TDs.
Down 17-14, the Eagles had a superb alternative at Washingtons 15 after Marcus Epps picked Smiths go that bounced out of J.D. McKissics palms. The Eagles had a primary down from the 5 however gained only one yard. Coach Doug Pederson handed up a brief discipline objective and Hurts threw incomplete on fourth down from the 4.
Hurts completed 7 of 20 for 72 yards, one interception, 34 yards speeding and two scores on the bottom.
Third-stringer Nate Sudfeld changed him within the fourth quarter and threw a choose on his second go. After T.J. Edwards intercepted Smith, Sudfeld gave it again with a fumble recovered by Chase Young. That led to Hopkins 42-yarder and a 20-14 lead for Washington.
Washington opened the season with a 27-17 victory over the Eagles. Dwayne Haskins began that recreation for Washington and Carson Wentz for Philadelphia. Haskins was launched final week. Wentz was benched final month and was inactive for this one.
The loss gave the Eagles the sixth choose within the NFL draft. Itll be Philadelphias fifth top-10 choose since 1999. The others have been: QB Donovan McNabb (No. 2, 1999), DT Corey Simon (No. 6, 2000), RT Lane Johnson (No. 4, 2013), Wentz (No. 2, 2016).
Rivera helped change the shedding tradition in Washington after 9 seasons as Carolinas coach. He did it whereas battling squamous cell carcinoma. Rivera missed some follow time however no video games and accomplished his remedy in October.
Eagles: WR Jalen Reagor left within the first half with a head damage. … Several starters sat out with accidents, together with DT Fletcher Cox, DE Derek Barnett, TE Dallas Goedert, WR DeSean Jackson, T Jordan Mailata, RB Miles Sanders. S Jalen Mills and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman have been on COVID-19 record.
Washington: enters the playoffs for the primary time since 2015.
Eagles: They face troublesome selections within the offseason, together with determining which quarterback they plan to construct round for 2021. Theyll additionally want to rent a brand new defensive coordinator to exchange Jim Schwartz, who plans to take a season off.
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