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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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.
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.
ALL HAIL BOSTON SCOTTpic.twitter.com/o9TY2ynbx7
— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhilly) January 2, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saahdiq Charles continues building on a solid game last week. At LG here, gets the DT stunting inside and seals him off, gives Jaret Patterson a lane to work through for the TD pic.twitter.com/b5AWgn6kMo
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) January 2, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.