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Published December 23, 2012 8:00 pm
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Philadelphia • Robert Griffin III used his arm to lift the Washington Redskins within a victory of the playoffs.

Known as much for his running as passing, Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury. Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Redskins (9-6) are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years. Washington can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday.

The Redskins haven't won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007. They could still back into the postseason with a loss.

"We're already onto the next one," Griffin said. "You don't celebrate wins at this point of the season."

Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the Redskins 5 before his intentional grounding penalty ended the game.

Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles (4-11) fell short in what could've been Andy Reid's last game coaching the team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year.

"I have nothing to tell you on that," Reid said. "I'm the coach right now."

A sprained right knee forced Griffin to miss last week's win at Cleveland. The rookie had a season-low 4 yards rushing but made several big throws to lead Washington. "I felt like myself out there," he said. Redskins 27,Eagles 20

Washington 0 13 14 0 — 27

Philadelphia 7 3 3 7 — 20

First Quarter

Phi • Maclin 27 pass from Foles (Henery kick), 10:09.

Second Quarter

Was • FG Forbath 45, 11:25.

Was • FG Forbath 42, 7:37.

Was • Morgan 11 pass from Griffin III (Forbath kick), 3:30.

Phi • FG Henery 38, :18.

Third Quarter

Was • Morris 10 run (Forbath kick), 12:33.

Phi • FG Henery 30, 8:01.

Was • Moss 22 pass from Griffin III (Forbath kick), 1:31.

Fourth Quarter

Phi • Lewis 17 run (Henery kick), 8:55.

Attendance • 69,144.

Was Phi

First downs 18 25

Total Net Yards 313 411

Rushes-yards 28-128 22-90

Passing 185 321

Punt Returns 1-20 1-10

Kickoff Returns 3-56 4-74

Interceptions Ret. 1-9 1-4

Comp-Att-Int 16-24-1 32-48-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-13 5-24

Punts 2-43.0 2-43.5

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 3-24 4-30

Time of Possession 29:23 30:37

Individual Statistics

Rushing • Washington, Morris 22-91, Royster 2-14, Moss 1-12, Morgan 1-7, Griffin III 2-4. Philadelphia, McCoy 13-45, Brown 4-18, Lewis 1-17, Foles 4-10.

Passing • Washington, Griffin III 16-24-1-198. Philadelphia, Foles 32-48-1-345.

Receiving • Washington, Garcon 7-89, Moss 2-26, Morgan 2-21, Paul 1-21, Morris 1-17, Hankerson 1-10, Cooley 1-8, Paulsen 1-6. Philadelphia, McCoy 9-77, Maclin 8-116, Avant 8-70, Celek 3-39, D.Johnson 3-25, Cooper 1-18.






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