Eagles move closer to playoff berth by beating Washington

Hurts ran six times for 45 yards and was 17 van 26 verbygaan vir 214 yards in leading the Eagles to a fourth consecutive victory. Pending other results around the NFL, they could have an NFC wild-card spot locked up by the end of the night.

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Philadelphia (9-7) started slowly yet again, and its league-leading rushing attack was held to a season-low 3.4 yards a carry with Miles Sanders out because of a broken left hand. Twelve days after racking up 238 yards on the ground against Washington (6-10), the Eagles had 119 erwe wat jaag.

But the defense finally got to Taylor Heinicke, and the Eagles wore down a banged-up opponent, erasing a 16-7 tekort. Jake Elliott connected on field goals of 42 en 41 yards in the fourth quarter, and Rodney McLeod picked off Heinicke in the end zone with 24 seconds remaining to seal it.

Philadelphia will make the postseason for the first time since 2019 if Minnesota loses at Green Bay and either New Orleans loses to Carolina or San Francisco beats Houston.

Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Genard Avery (58) celebrates after sacking Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md.

Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Genard Avery (58) celebrates after sacking Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sondag, Jan.. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP-foto/Alex Brandon)

Rookie Jaret Patterson rushed for his second career TD for Washington, which was missing top running back Antonio Gibson, left guard Ereck Flowers and punter Tress Way because of COVID-19 protocols. Heinicke flashed some of his trademark elusiveness, evading pressure during a big fourth quarter, but threw an interception for the fifth consecutive game after leading Washington to the Philadelphia 20-yard line.

Ravaged by injuries and virus-related absences, Washington’s faint playoff hopes came to an end with a home loss that felt more like Lincoln Financial Field because of all the Eagles fans in attendance. It’s the team’s fourth consecutive loss after winning the previous four games.

SLOW START

The Eagles trailed 10-0 after the first quarter, continuing a recent trend. They’ve been outscored 35-7 in the first quarter over the past five games yet have won four of them. It’s their third consecutive game with no points in the first.

GOLD RUSH

Scott’s second touchdown gave the Eagles 24 scores on the ground this season. That’s the most in the league and the organization’s most in a season since 1949.

SKADE

Arende: Right guard Nate Herbig injured his left ankle late in the second quarter but returned in the third. … LB Shaun Bradley was inactive because of a shoulder injury.

Washington: Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones injured his neck in a nasty collision with a camera operator on the sideline in the second quarter. Seals-Jones had his neck stabilized before he was lifted onto a stretcher and carted off. The cameraman had a cut on his nose but continued to work.

VOLGENDE

Arende: Host the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.

Washington: At the New York Giants next Sunday.

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