Ertz breaks team record, Tate excels as Eagles keep NFC East hopes alive –

Ertz breaks team record, Tate excels as Eagles keep NFC East hopes alive -

11:10 p.m.: Sure, they beat a team that started Colt McCoy and then brought in Mark Sanchez in relief. If you don’t want to get excited about that, I get it, but this was still a nice win. 

The offense started to get rolling, even though Carson Wentz didn’t have his best game. Golden Tate got involved and had his best game as an Eagle. The run game worked. The screen game worked. 

And after the defense gave up a 90-yard run, they absolutely clamped down and suffocated the Redskins. 

Overall, this was a big win that moved the Eagles record to 6-6 and keeps their playoffs hopes alive as they head to Dallas next weekend for a showdown that could give them first place in the division. They ain’t dead yet. 

Final: Eagles 28, Redskins 13 

10:57 p.m.: Jake Elliott tacked on a 44-yard field goal and the Eagles are cruising now. This is the second-most points the Eagles have scored this year and the most since the first Giants game wen they scored 34. 

Eagles 28, Redskins 13

10:39 p.m.: Nate Gerry intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass to give the Eagles a short field and then the Eagles got stuffed but Jake Elliott kicked a 46-yard field goal. There’s 11:41 left. 

That interception was the first of Gerry’s career. 

Eagles 25, Redskins 13 

10:29 p.m.: After the Eagles’ last drive ended with an interception in the red zone, they put together an 11-play, 85-yard scoring drive that was capped with a four-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to Jordan Matthews. The Eagles then got the two-point conversion to make this a two-score game with 14:10 left. 

Eagles 22, Redskins 13 

10:24 p.m.: As the third quarter ends, the Eagles are threatening again, but this game certainly isn’t over yet. Aside from that one big 90-yard touchdown run from Adrian Peterson, the Eagles have pretty much controlled this game. But the scoreboard doesn’t reflect that. 

After three: Eagles 14, Redskins 13 

10:13 p.m.: Tim Jernigan (back spasms) is out for the rest of the game. This was just his second game back this year. 

9:53 p.m.: In real football news, Colt McCoy (leg) has been ruled out. Mark Sanchez will be the Redskins’ quarterback the rest of the way. 

9:51 p.m.: The mascot halftime show was pretty great. It ended in a 7-7 tie, but that was a fun little game. I’d like to see more defense from a guy named Gritty, though. 

There’s not a lot of defense in this game.

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 4, 2018

9:40 p.m.: The Eagles gave up a cheap field goal at the end of the first half to make this a one-point game. The Redskins had a 3rd-and-7 from their own 48-yard line with 1:11 left and Mark Sanchez hit Jordan Reed for seven yards to move the sticks. Malcolm Jenkins nearly forced a fumble, but Reed kept the ball and got the first down. Eventually, the Redskins kicked a 47-yarder near the end of the half. 

At halftime: Eagles 14, Redskins 13 

9:31 p.m.: Darren Sproles is back! The 35-year-old running back had a nice punt return to set up the drive and then capped it with a 14-yard touchdown run. It’s his first touchdown in nearly two years (Dec. 22, 2016). Jason Kelce had a great block on the play. Less than two minutes left in the half. 

Eagles 14, Redskins 10 

9:19 p.m.: The Eagles had 1st-and-goal from the Washington 2-yard line and couldn’t get a touchdown. 

First down: Incomplete pass to Jordan Matthews 
Second down: Josh Adams loses a yard 
Third down: False start, Zach Ertz 
Third down: Pass to Agholor for 7 
Fourth down: Adams loses two, turnover on downs. 


9:05 p.m.: Mark Sanchez came in and guess what? He handed the ball off. 

Adrian Peterson took the ball 90 yards for a touchdown. And all of a sudden, the Redskins are up 10-7. 

That’s the longest play the #Eagles have given up since 2008, when Seneca Wallace hit Koren Robinson for a 90-yard pass.

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 4, 2018

That’s the longest run ever against the Eagles. Previous record was 88 yards by Harry Hopp of the Lions in 1943 at Forbes Field [vs. the Steagles].

— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) December 4, 2018

9:02 p.m.: Here comes Mark Sanchez. Colt McCoy is at least temporarily out of this game in the second quarter, so Sanchez is in. The Redskins signed him just a couple weeks ago. 

8:50 p.m.: The Redskins got on the board with a 44-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins. The Eagles gave up some yards on that drive, including a first down on a defensive pass interference, but held them to a field goal early in the second quarter. 

Eagles 7, Redskins 3

8:46 p.m.: Good first quarter from the Eagles. They finally got out to a lead and their defense is playing well. The Redskins are driving, but it’s third down as the second quarter is set to begin. 

After one: Eagles 7, Redskins 0 

8:32 p.m.: The Eagles defense got a quick 3-and-out that was aided by a hold call. They’re flying around. Good start all around so far. 

This is exactly what the Eagles needed. A quick start on offense and defense. Now they can keep attacking. 

8:25 p.m.: Hey! There’s that fast start we’ve all been waiting for! The Eagles got the opening kickoff and drove down the field 75 yards on 12 plays in 7:29 to score a touchdown. Carson Wentz hit Golden Tate in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown. It’s Tate’s first touchdown as an Eagle. 

This is just the fourth first-quarter touchdown the Eagles have scored all year. It’s the first since the first Giants game back in October. 

It looks like Wentz and Tate are on the same page tonight. 

.@cj_wentz improvises, @ShowtimeTate capitalizes.#FlyEaglesFly

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 4, 2018

Eagles 7, Redskins 0

7:47 p.m.: The Eagles are finishing up their pregame warmups on the field now. Here’s a few scenes from the warmups: 

The #Eagles DBs take the field.

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 4, 2018

If Fletcher Cox wasn’t scary enough, he’s going with the dark visor tonight. #Eagles

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 4, 2018

6:17 p.m.: Inactives won’t come out for another 45 minutes, but Darren Sproles (hamstring) and Josh Adams (hip) are going to be good to go tonight. 

Here are some scenes from the early workouts: 

Golden Tate on the field for early warmups #Eagles

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 3, 2018

Darren Sproles makes his return tonight 👍🏼

First game in 3 months!

He’s so pumped, he dropped his phone running, Doug Pederson has his back#FlyEaglesFly

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 3, 2018

4:38 p.m.: It’s a gorgeous night in South Philadelphia. We’re about four hours from kickoff. 

It’s a beautiful night for a football game. #Eagles

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 3, 2018

4:31 p.m.: The NFL has its My Cleat, My Cause going on right now and plenty of Eagles will be wearing cleats with causes that are special to them. Alshon Jeffery’s are pretty cool. 

Today I pay tribute to an organization that means so much me and the city of Philadelphia. Together with the help of @philabundance we set out to #BeetHunger & #SquashHunger #MyCauseMyCleats

— Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) December 3, 2018

3:54 p.m.: I just got to the parking lot and it’s just a tad under 60 degrees right now. That temperature will probably drop some more when the sun goes all the way down, but it’s pretty nice right now. 

Hard to imagine much better weather for December tailgating. #Eagles

— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) December 3, 2018

10:30 a.m.: How big is this game tonight? Well, according to FiveThirtyEight, if the Eagles win tonight, they will have a 28 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they lose, they’d have a 4 percent chance. 

Here’s more on the Eagles’ playoff chances. 

9 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! Time is going to drag all day as we wait for Monday Night Football from South Philadelphia. 

This is obviously a huge game for the Eagles (5-6) against the Redskins (6-5) at the Linc. Now, the Cowboys ruined our original plan we concocted that would have led to a three-way tie atop the division with a win tonight. That Cowboys’ win over the Saints on Thursday hurt, but the Eagles are still alive in this thing. The problem is, it’s hard to feel confident in a team that hasn’t won back-to-back games all season. But maybe that changes tonight. 

If the Eagles get a win tonight, it’ll start with these five matchups (see story). We’ll be updating the live blog all day until kickoff tonight. 

Be sure to watch Eagles Pregame live at 6:30 p.m. and tune in after the game for our complete breakdown on Eagles Postgame Live. 

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