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Last Updated: 15/11/22 6:58am
Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Commanders handed the Philadelphia Eagles their first loss of the season as they came away 32-21 winners on Monday Night Football in Philadelphia.
Story of the Game
The Commanders (5-5) ran 81 plays and held the ball for more than 40 minutes of the 60-minute contest. The Eagles (8-1) turned the ball over four times, one more than than the three they’d managed through their first eight games total, bringing a stunning halt to their best start to a season in franchise history.
Heinicke was an efficient 17 of 29 for 211 yards passing (with one interception), while Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson both rushed for touchdowns and Joey Slye kicked four field goals.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had won a team-record 11-straight regular-season starts coming into the game, a span that included three wins against Washington – including in Week Three – this season. He passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another, but couldn’t get his team over the line.
Hurts’ 11-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith on the first play of the fourth brought the Eagles to within two of their visitors, trailing 23-21 – but that would be as close as they’d come to a comeback victory.
After Washington’s Jamin Davis forced and recovered a fumble by Dallas Goedert, getting away with a facemask grab on the play, a Slye 55-yard field goal made it 26-21 with seven and a half minutes left.
The Eagles’ next drive also ended with a fumble by Quez Watkins after a 50-yard grab. Benjamin St-Juste jarred the ball loose and Darrick Forrest recovered for the Commanders.
Washington then forced a three-and-out on Philadelphia’s next possession, before the Eagles got the ball back one last time at their own 10-yard line with five seconds remaining, but an attempt to advance the ball with laterals backfired as Casey Toohill recovered a fumble for a touchdown on the final play.
Earlier, Josh Sweat strip sacked Heinicke on the game’s first possession and Hurts punched it in from the goal line to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.
Washington answered with a one-yard touchdown of their own from Gibson to tie things up, before Philadelphia again nudged ahead with a Hurts six-yard TD toss to Goedert late in the first quarter.
But Washington outscored Philly 13-0 in the second quarter – two Slye field goals, including a career-long 58-yarder, separated by a Robinson TD – to put them up at the half, and the Eagles failed to turn things round in the second half to see their unbeaten season go up in smoke.