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NFL Week 15 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 27

Carson Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles on a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Redskins in Week 15.

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Final Score

Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington Redskins 27

Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie running back Miles Sanders was the biggest factor in this matchup. He put the Eagles ahead 17-14 midway through the third quarter with a touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone. After Washington regained the lead in the ensuing drive, he kept the Eagles alive when he took a draw play on third-and-10 and dashed for a 56-yard gain. The Eagles went on to regain the lead after that.

Carson Wentz did the best he could with the weapons at his disposal. With the Eagles not having any starting-caliber receivers in the lineup, Wentz often turned to quick passes to his tight ends and running backs. In fact, Greg Ward was the only wide receiver who was targeted on Sunday.

After having some lapses in coverage in the first half, the Eagles tightened things up to close out the game. Avonte Maddox was the most consistent of the group, despite allowing a five-yard touchdown catch in the first half. He finished with multiple forced incompletions and stops.

While the Eagles' defensive line was able to force multiple pressures, the unit was unable to take down Dwayne Haskins on its own. Instead, Maddox and Nathan Gerry registered the lone two Philly sacks. Both players were unblocked.

Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson showed that he still has some juice left in the tank. The veteran utilized his quickness and agility to force several missed tackles on runs and receptions. His speed was especially on display when he cut across the formation and dashed his way to a 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Speaking of speed, Terry McLaurin showed Philadelphia just how fast he is for the second time this season. He outran the entire Eagles defense when he took an in route 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was his longest catch of the season. His previous long was a 69-yard touchdown reception against the Eagles in Week 1.

The Redskins' inability to bring down runners on first contact was their biggest downfall today. They missed several tackles, which resulted in big gains at inopportune times.

Ryan Anderson didn't force many pressures, but when he did, he made the most of it. He had two sacks, with the first coming unblocked. On his second sack midway through the fourth quarter, Wentz left the pocket and Anderson circled back to strip the ball out.

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