EAGLES FANS AT FED-EX MADE YESTERDAY SEEM LIKE A HOME GAME!

By Michael Bennett

The Eagles-Redskins game at Fed-Ex Field yesterday might just as well have been considered an Eagles home game.

Check out what the Washington Post’s Tom Boswell wrote:

Linebacker Ryan Anderson forced his third Eagles fumble of the day to set up a field goal to put Washington ahead by three with just 4:52 to play. Granted, any reason to get out of Philadelphia for a day will do, but Eagles fans could see their mediocre green gang ruining their trip and blowing a much-needed win to stay in the NFC East hunt, too.

Then, with just 26 seconds to play, the Eagles noticed that injuries had forced Washington to put expensive but benched cornerback Josh Norman on the field.

A Carson Wentz lob to the back corner of the end zone where Norman had been left naked in single coverage against wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. produced an easy four-yard, game-winning score. And, with it, the biggest FedEx Field cheer of the year erupted.

Almost the entire lower bowl was filled with standing, bellowing, Eagles-gear-garbed fans.

Give Philly fans credit; they know how to sneak into the best seats by the end of a close game. Better view.

We’ve seen such scenes here before over a disturbing number of seasons. But this was the topper.

That boom was soon followed by another huge yell as the Eagles’ Nigel Bradham scooped and scored on a 47-yard fumble return with 0:00 on the clock for a 37-27 final score. Suddenly, the Eagles had not only won to get to 7-7 but had covered the 6½ -point spread.

“All that cheering in the end zone when they scored — we wanted to shut them up. And we did until [late],” said Adrian Peterson, whose battering running — 66 yards rushing and 25 receiving, including a 10-yard touchdown run — has set an example of professionalism all year.

“They were fighting for their playoff lives — back and forth, back and forth,” said Peterson, who moved to No. 5 on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 14,102 yards. “But that field goal the last time [after a fumble recovery at the Eagles 34-yard line] — we wanted seven [for a 31-24 lead]. . . . We’ll be back ready [for them] next year for sure.”

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