For a moment, with 1:21 left in the third quarter and the Eagles leading 20-17, the Redskins’ playoff life passed before their collective eyes.
On a third and eight play from the Eagles’ 32, Mike McMahon dropped back to pass as the Redskins blitzed. The Eagles picked it up as receiver Billy McMullen was getting behind Sean Taylor and everyone else wearing white. All day long when McMahon was able to step up in the pocket and throw in the middle part of the field, he had been putting the ball on the money. On this play the stepped up in the pocket and put the ball—way over McMullen’s head. All the receiver could to is take a hopeless flail at it and instead of scoring a sure touchdown the Eagles had to punt.
The Washington offense was struggling mightily at the time and would do so again following the punt. If the Eagles were in possession of a 27-17 lead, there is no way that Andy Reid would have had McMahon passing the ball on third and 15 from his own 20. That means, of course, that Lemar Marshall doesn’t get his hand on the ball and do a one-man tip drill to himself. Clinton Portis doesn’t do his spin move and dash 22 yards for a score and the Redskins are left being Rams fans for a night.
But what happened happened and the Redskins were good enough to take advantage of it and pull out the win.
Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.
Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.
It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.
The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.
Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.
Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.
Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:
Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.
Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?
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