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11/17/2013 5:47 PM EST
Eagles beat Redskins 24-16, take NFC East lead
PHILADELPHIA 24, WASHINGTON 16

By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- For the Philadelphia Eagles to go
worst-to-first in the NFC East, they had to win at home.

Bye-bye, losing streak.

Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and spun free for a touchdown,
LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles snapped a 10-game
losing skid at Lincoln Financial Field with a 24-16 victory over
the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

A year after finishing 4-12 under Andy Reid, Chip Kelly had
guided his Eagles (6-5) to the division lead. They're a
half-game ahead of idle Dallas (5-5).

The defending division champion Redskins rallied in the fourth
quarter but fell short, dropping to 3-7.

"I don't look at it globally," Kelly said. "We have five games
in December and we put ourselves in position where those games
are meaningful. We'll see where we're at Dec. 29."

The Eagles hadn't won at home in 413 days since defeating the
New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012. They'll enter their bye week
on a three-game winning streak, having turned things around
after consecutive home losses last month.

"Not one person on this team was defeated," Foles said.
"Everybody in our locker room believed we can win and if you
feel that way, it's something special. We have to keep the
momentum going."

Down 24-0 in the fourth quarter, the Redskins rallied behind
Robert Griffin III's TD passes of 62 yards to Darrel Young and
41 yards to Aldrick Robinson and both 2-point conversions.

RG3 then drove the Redskins to the Eagles 18 before his pass off
his back foot was intercepted by Brandon Boykin in the end zone.

"I was trying to throw the ball in the back of the end zone," he
said. "It didn't get to where I wanted it to go. Obviously I was
on my heels. Something I can definitely learn from."

Foles didn't throw any TD passes after tossing 10 in the past
two games. But he still hasn't thrown an interception this year,
extending his streak to 199 passes without a pick. Foles tied an
NFL record with seven TD passes in a win at Oakland two weeks
ago and followed it with three more in a victory at Green Bay.

McCoy finished with 77 yards rushing and 73 receiving. He leads
the NFL with 1,009 yards on the ground. Foles had a career-best
47 yards rushing.

"We're all playing as one," McCoy said. "Earlier in the year,
the offense was playing good and defense wasn't or defense was
playing good and offense wasn't. Now we're clicking.

The Redskins started their last drive at their 4 with 3:26 left
after a 70-yard punt by Donnie Jones. Griffin completed a
28-yard pass to Santana Moss on third-and-25 and Washington
eventually moved to the 18 before the pick.

Griffin was 17 of 35 for 264 yards and ran for 44 yards.

"Took us until the fourth quarter to make a couple plays,"
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "We had our opportunity at
the end. Just couldn't take advantage of it."

A 33-27 win at Washington in the season opener kick-started the
Kelly Era and raised expectations in what was supposed to be a
rebuilding year. The Eagles lost the next three games before
winning five of seven. Foles replaced an injured Michael Vick in
the first half of a victory at the Giants on Oct. 6, and has led
the Eagles to a 4-1 record since.

The Redskins couldn't generate much offense until Griffin
connected with Young after scrambling early in the fourth
quarter. He hit Nick Williams on the conversion.

Robinson made a nice adjustment to catch Griffin's underthrown
deep pass for the next score, and RG3 dived in from the 2 for
the conversion.

But Washington couldn't complete the comeback.

Foles ran in from the 4 for a 7-0 lead, even showing some
athleticism with a spin move after getting hit at the 2 and then
reaching for the end zone. A 49-yard pass to McCoy set up the
score.

One play after Brent Celek turned a tight-end screen pass into a
42-yard gain, McCoy ran in untouched from the 1.

The Redskins drove to the Eagles 8 before Griffin was sacked by
Connor Barwin and fumbled. The ball popped straight up and was
recovered by Fletcher Cox.

The Eagles turned that into a 24-yard field goal by Alex Henery
to make it 17-0.

McCoy left briefly after injuring his right hamstring in the
second quarter and scored on a 1-yard run to put the Eagles up
24-0 in the third.

NOTES: LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), S Earl Wolff (knee), and CB
Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) were Philadelphia's injured
defensive starters. ... Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion), DE
Stephen Bowen (knee) and WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) left the
game. ... The Eagles lost their first four home games this
season.

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