The Philadelphia Eagles have the dubious honor of deciding who will represent the putrid NFC East in the 2020 NFL playoffs. An Eagles win and the New York Giants are division champs, a loss and the Washington Football Team returns to the postseason for the first time in 5 seasons.
Washington waisted no time taking the early lead on a 15 play drive. Philly’s first possession on the other hand, fizzled out at midfield. After a decent punt, the Eagles defense which has been suspect all season let the Football Team march right down the field for the easy score. They’d get the ball back just before the end of the quarter, but they immediately turned it over after a terrible throw by Jalen Hurts. Washington would take advantage the short field and add a field goal and take a 10-0 lead after one.
Philadelphia would finally get into a rhythm at the beginning of the second quarter with a 75 yard drive that ended with a Hurts touchdown run. The score cut the Washington lead to just 3. After forcing a punt the Philly offense put together another good series of play calls and find themselves in the red zone. A few plays later and Hurts in the end zone on his second touchdown run of the quarter. And with a puzzling display of effort, the Eagles would take the lead 14-10. However, it wouldn’t last m Washington would climb back on top with a score with 20 seconds left in the half and take 17-14 lead in to the break.
The Eagles first drive of the second half was a three and out. The Football Team would also suffer the same fate, not being able to muster up any offense on their first possession either. Eventually Philly would make a play on defense, Marcus Epps picked off Alex Smith and set the offense up in the red zone. However they would fail to convert on 4th and goal giving the ball right back to Washington. And that’s how the quarter would end. Philly still trailing 17-14.
The first Philadelphia drive of the fourth quarter, in a strange turn of events, we would see third string quarterback Nate Sudfeld replace Hurts behind center. Sudfeld would be immediately intercepted on his first throw of the game. The Eagles would however return the favor a few plays later picking off Smith for the second time. The turnovers would not stop though as Sudfeld would fumble two plays later, in a game that has taken a turn toward bizarre. Washington would capitalize on Philly’s blunder and tack on a field goal pushing the lead to 6, 20-14. And that’s how it would end. The Eagles season is over and The Washington Football Team has won the NFC East.
Final Score: Philadelphia 14 Washington 20