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NFL Week 17 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 20, Washington Football Team 16

Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) at the line of scrimmage against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Safety Rodney McLeod was the hero for the streaking Philadelphia Eagles. He somehow secured a diving interception with 24 seconds remaining to stop the Washington Football Team’s comeback attempt and give the Eagles a 20-16 win in Week 17.

The win moves Philadelphia to 9-7 and in a commanding spot to clinch a wild card berth.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback

Jalen Hurts couldn’t get anything going on rhythm for most of the day. His average time to throw ended at an incredibly high 3.59 seconds. That was nearly a half-second higher than his season average entering the contest, and he already had the highest time to throw in the NFL.

Running Back

It was the Boston Scott show for the Eagles on Sunday. He racked 47 yards on 14 carries, including both Philadelphia touchdowns on the day. They each came on fourth down — one being an athletic pitch from Hurts.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Jalen Reagor couldn’t get any rapport going with his quarterback. The 2020 first-rounder was targeted only once on 19 routes and failed to haul it in. He now looks poised to finish with even fewer receiving yards this year than he had as a rookie.

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Offensive Line

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Eagles' offensive line had its way with the Football Team’s vaunted defensive line. The unit combined to allow only eight pressures on 29 dropbacks, with the tackle duo surrendering one hurry between them.

Defensive Line

After what has largely been a quiet season for the recently extended Josh Sweat, he’s turned it on the past couple of weeks. He recorded five pressures, including a sack, in Week 16 and tallied five more again, including a sack and a half, this week.

Linebackers

Alex Singleton was clearly a target for the Football Team’s offense. He was thrown at 10 times, allowing all 10 to be completed for 81 yards and five first downs. That was far and away the most of any Eagles player in the game.

Secondary

The secondary did its job all day long for the Eagles, with the safeties being especially impressive. Rodney McLeod and Anthony Harris were targeted a combined six times in the game. They allowed four catches for 17 yards with a pick and a forced incompletion.

Washington Football Team

Quarterback

Taylor Heinicke had the magic going almost all game long until it ran out at the end. He was a ridiculous 10-of-13 for 86 yards with two big-time throws under pressure on the day. 

Running Back

Jaret Patterson did as much as he could on the ground Sunday. With Antonio Gibson out due to COVID-19, Patterson saw the bulk of the touches and finished with 57 yards on 12 attempts. Three of those runs went for first downs, and another resulted in a score. He showcased the same vision and ability to run through small creases from his college days at Buffalo.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Everyone got involved in the Football Team's passing attack Sunday. Terry McLaurin led the way with seven receptions for 61 yards, 38 of which came after the catch. Nine different receivers hauled in passes for Washington.

Offensive Line

Second-year center Keith Ismael got the tall task of having to block Javon Hargrave in only his fourth NFL start, and it didn’t end well. He allowed six pressures on the day, including two sacks.

Defensive Line

A week after throwing a punch at teammate Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen was the only member of the Football Team defensive line who showed up as a pass-rusher. He finished with five pressures. No one else along the defensive line tallied more than two.

Linebackers

The story of the game for the Football Team wasn’t about who was on the field, but who wasn’t. First-round rookie Jamin Davis played third-fiddle among the linebackers for the Football Team, with David Mayo taking on his snaps. Davis finished with only 13 snaps on the day.

Secondary

Former undrafted free agent Danny Johnson has been forced into serious playing time of late, and the results weren’t great in Week 17. He allowed four catches on six targets for 64 yards, although the rest of the secondary held up fairly well.

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