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The Cowboys, in fact, won. They pulled out an overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns to improve to 5-5. Still, it says something that the Redskins are able to do some meaningful scoreboard watching.
"It was a game we had to have," said Shanahan, who reversed himself a couple of weeks ago after initially indicating that the playoffs were out of reach.
The Redskins also finally found a formula for beating a rookie quarterback: force turnovers and have your own rookie play better. The defense got three takeaways and four sacks while facing Nick Foles, the third-round pick from Arizona who was making his first NFL start because Michael Vick is sidelined with a concussion.
Foles' first two drives ended with interceptions, putting the Redskins on their way to ending a remarkable eight-game losing streak against rookie quarterbacks that began in 2006. Foles completed 21 for 46 for 204 yards.
"That's the kind of football we've been wanting to play all year," said Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. "And especially with Philly having a young quarterback, we wanted to really get after him."
NOTES: Eagles RB LeSean McCoy had 15 carries for 45 yards before being carted off in the final two minutes with a concussion. ... The Eagles have their longest in-season losing streak since dropping seven in a row at the end of 1994. ... Griffin has only three interceptions in 277 attempts this season. Foles already has three in just 78 attempts. ... Washington last beat a rookie quarterback on Dec. 24, 2005, a 24-9 win over Ryan Fitzpatrick and the St. Louis Rams. ... Washington S Brandon Meriweather, who had been sidelined with a left knee injury, had an interception but also hurt his right knee in the third quarter. He's expected to play against Dallas. ... Washington WR Pierre Garcon returned from a foot injury and caught three passes for 5 yards.
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