The Philadelphia Eagles are playoff-bound after shutting out the Washington Redskins while getting some help from the Chicago Bears, who beat the Minnesota Vikings, allowing the Eagles to move into the final wild card spot.
Everything went the Eagles way on Sunday against the Redskins. The offense was clicking, and the defense was stellar, allowing just 89 total yards to the Redskins’ offense. The shutout was the Eagles’ first of the season. With the Minnesota loss and Eagles win, coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles have extended their season.
“We expect to be playing in the post-season each year,” Pederson said. “It doesn’t matter how you get in. Whether you go 13-3 to 9-7, if you get a chance to get in, you get in.”
On Sunday, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles only threw five incomplete passes while also tying the NFL record for 25 completed passes in-a-row. Foles went 28-for-33 completing for 221 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Foles connected with eight different receivers, but his top target was wide receiver Alshon Jeffery who caught all five passes that went his way for 59 yards and a score. Receiver Nelson Agholor also caught five passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns, one from Foles and one from third-string QB Nate Sudfeld.
The Eagles played some of the best football they have all season. The offense clicked behind Foles completing almost every pass attempted. Mike Groh’s offense sliced through the Redskins especially on the ground. Philly’s three running backs – Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Darren Sproles – led the ground game to 129 yards.
Zach Ertz added three receptions for 15 yards in the win, finishing the regular season with 116 catches.
Most importantly for this Eagles team is that they have another week to play and a chance to defend their title. The Bears gave the Eagles the help they needed to get into the playoffs, but now Philly will look to take them down at Soldier Field.
“We’re excited about the opportunity, we can’t ask for anything more but a chance in the playoffs to go on the road,” Ertz said. “I mean, if that’s what we have to do, I think that’s what we have to do. It’s going to be a great opportunity for us next week.
In the fourth quarter with 13 minutes left, Foles was sacked and left the game with bruised ribs. From there, Sudfeld came in and only threw one pass throughout the remainder of the game, but it went for a touchdown.
Foles has led the Eagles to a 3-0 record since taking over for Wentz three weeks ago, and is 4-1 in games he has started throughout the season. Pederson said Monday that the Eagles will start Foles Sunday against the Bears as long as he is healthy enough to play. A further decision will be made on Thursday.
Kickoff in Chicago is slated for 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday.