Redskins vs. Eagles on New Years, 2005 Edition

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Jabar Gaffney #10 of the Washington Redskins is tackled by Kurt Coleman #42 and Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second hallf during a game at FedExField on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The last battle between the Redskins and Eagles on New Years ended with a Redskins victory on the road, 31-20.

January 1st, 2006:

A 4:15 p.m. kickoff would end the 2005-2006 regular season for the Philadelphia Eagles. Because of this game, the Redskins (10-6) were able to clinch the final playoff spot. The win also knocked the Dallas Cowboys out of contention. Who doesn't like that?

Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field, Start Time: 4:15, Surface: grass,
Weather: 39 degrees, relative humidity 72%, wind 8 mph

1st Downs 14 18
3rd down efficiency
4-16 5-15
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Yards 279 335
Passing 128 239
9-25 21-42
Yards per pass
5.1 5.7
Rushing 151 96
Rushing Attempts
36 25
Yards per rush
4.2 3.8
Penalties 7-60 5-45
Turnovers 1 6
Fumbles lost
0 4
Interceptions thrown
1 2
Possession 29:50 30:10

At 5-3, Washington lost 3 straight games against the Bucs, Raiders, and Chargers. Those three losses propelled the Washington Redskins into beast mode, winning 5 straight after, ending with the win in Philadelphia.

Clinton Portis, named MVP of the game, rushed for 112 yards on 27 carries. But that, to me, wasn't what won the game for the Redskins. 112 on 27 carries isn't even all that impressive.

A stout defense, led by second-year safety Sean Taylor (8 Tackles, 1 Assist, 1 FR/TD) managed to force 6 turnovers against Philly. The final fumble being returned by none other than No. 21 himself for a game-sealing 39 yard touchdown with ~2:00 left on the clock.

The Redskins would go on to face the Buccaneers in the wild-card. Washington would win 17-10, only to lose to the Seahawks 20-10 the following week.

The Redskins have only seen the post-season once since, in 2007, losing again to the Seahawks 35-14

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