In Week Twelve, the Eagles had a matchup with a familiar foe. They would play the Redskins, a few days after Thanksgiving, looking for their second win against the divisional rival. The Redskins played the Eagles tough in their prior matchup so the Eagles knew this would be no walk in the park despite the Redskins poor record.
After the opening kickoff, the game rolled in the Redskins favor as they scored within the first two minutes of the game on a Jason Campbell one yard touchdown run. This was definitely not the the start the Eagles were looking for but the defense tightened up after the touchdown and held the Redskins scoreless the rest of the quarter. Offensively, the Eagles first got on the board with a 29 yard David Akers field goal. They would then find the end zone with just under three minutes in the quarter as DeSean Jackson caught a 35 yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 10-7.
The lead didn’t last too long as Campbell found Santana Moss for a four yard touchdown shortly after the second quarter started. From this point on, their was an offensive struggle until the Eagles hit a field goal with under a minute left. Right after this, the Redskins turned the ball over and the Eagles hit another field goal to take a 16-14 lead into the half.
In the second half, the Eagles couldn’t get anything going and the Redskins scored 10 consecutive points and had an eight point lead in the fourth quarter. Midway through the fourth quarter the Eagles put a nice drive together and capped it off with a one yard Eldra Buckley touchdown. Trailing by two after the touchdown, the Eagles opted for the conversion. On a beautiful effort by LeSean McCoy, the Eagles got the conversion and tied the game.
As the game neared a close, the Eagles again started to put together a nice drive. Jason Avant was absolutely stunning on this drive, making an outstanding catch down the sideline to keep the drive alive and move the Eagles into field goal range. With just under two minutes left in the game, Akers nailed a 32 yard field goal to give the Eagles a 27-24 win.
This was not exactly the type of effort the Eagles were looking to produce, but they were able to put together a fourth quarter rally and get a come from behind win. It was the kind of win a team can get momentum from and sitting at 7-4, the Eagles were looking poised to make a playoff run.