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Eagles barely hang on for 24-16 win at the Linc over Redskins

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In their most complete game this year, the Eagles treated their home crowd to the first win at the Linc in more than 400 days. Even though they seemed destined to give that long-awaited home win away in the fourth quarter. LeSean McCoy went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and scored two touchdowns, Nick Foles improved to 4-1 as a starter, and the defense forced two critical red-zone turnovers as the Eagles exorcised their Linc demons with a 24-16 win over the Redskins.

Of course, it wouldn’t have been an Eagles home game without major drama. After seemingly having the game wrapped up early, with a 24-0 lead going into the fourth, the Eagles allowed two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to make it a one-possession game.

More than three minutes remained when the Eagles were stopped on 3rd-and-4, a Foles run that fell short, and Donnie Jones boomed a punt to the Redskins’ 4-yard line, forcing the 'Skins to go 96 yards just to tie the game and salvage an overtime.

Robert Griffin III led his team to the Eagles’ 18-yard line but was under pressure with about 35 seconds to play and heaved the ball into the end zone, where Brandon Boykin picked it off. The 10-game home drought, the longest in Linc history and the NFL’s longest active streak, became history, and the Eagles won their third straight game to go back over .500.

The Eagles won at the Linc for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, when they climbed to 3-1 with a 19-17 win over the Giants. Instead of falling apart, as they did after that Giants win, these Eagles look primed to make a run as they enter the bye week.

They’ve won three straight for the first time this season and are back over the .500 mark (6-5) for the first time since beating the Redskins (3-7) in the season opener at FedEx Field.

The Redskins had scored 57 points in their past two games and carried the league’s fifth-best total offense into the game, but the Eagles’ improving defense bottled up RG3 for most of the game.

The fourth quarter looked reminiscent of the opener, when the Redskins rallied from a 33-7 deficit to make it a 33-27 finish.

The Eagles were already up 14-0 in the second quarter on rushing touchdowns by Foles and McCoy when Connor Barwin’s sack of Griffin inside the Eagles’ 10-yard line caused a fumble that Fletcher Cox recovered.

- Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly

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