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Wentz leads Eagles over Redskins


PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz was at his best back on the move again.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, and Darren Sproles ran for a score, as the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins last night.

The Eagles (6-6) won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

The Redskins (6-6) lost back-up quarterback Colt McCoy to a serious right leg injury in his second game replacing Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula back on Nov. 18.

Mark Sanchez took his place.

Redskins' coach Jay Gruden said after the game that, from what he understands, McCoy fractured his fibula and will miss the rest of the season.

Adrian Peterson ran 90 yards for a touchdown on Sanchez's first play under centre, giving the Redskins a 10-7 lead.

It was the longest run Philadelphia has allowed in franchise history but Washington's lead didn't last long.

Wentz, who hasn't scrambled much since returning in Week 3 from surgery to repair two knee ligaments, didn't run for any yards.

But he ran around and made big plays when he improvised and on designed roll-outs.

“Anytime he can extend plays with his legs, he's such a great athlete, that's an advantage to the offence,” coach Doug Pederson said.

"Being able to do that allows us to stay on the field.

“He's gifted in doing that," Pederson added. "It comes natural to him.”

Sproles put Philadelphia up 14-10 on a 14-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Wentz tossed a four-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews and then connected with Golden Tate on a two-point conversion to extend the lead to 22-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles twice failed to score inside the red zone but still managed their second-highest point total this season.

They had a first down at the Redskins' two-yard line in the second quarter but Josh Adams was stopped for a loss on fourth down from the one.

Then they had a first down at the Redskins' five in the third quarter but Wentz threw an interception right to Josh Norman.

Wentz finished 27-of-39 for 306 yards. He came out firing and led the Eagles to a score on their opening drive for only the third time season.

First, he scrambled out of the pocket, motioned Tate to go deep, and lofted a 19-yard pass down the left sideline on a first-and-15.

Wentz finished the drive by firing a six-yard TD pass on the run to Tate.

“Play-action, bootlegs, nakeds, getting me on the edge gives me a chance to make plays and we used that effectively,” Wentz said.

Dustin Hopkins kicked field goals of 47 and 44 yards for Washington.

“We have to get a plan ready for Mark moving forward,” Gruden said.

“We've got to play great football around him, which we didn't do tonight.”

Sanchez, a former first-round pick who led the N.Y. Jets to consecutive AFC championship games in his first two seasons, now is a starter for the first time since he played for the Eagles in 2015.

“I'm grateful for the opportunity. I was praying for the opportunity," he said, though adding his "heart definitely breaks for” McCoy and Smith.

Sproles, meanwhile, scored his first TD since Dec. 22, 2016. He only played three games last season before he tore a knee ligament and broke his forearm on the same play.

He was sidelined since Week 1 this year because of a hamstring injury.

“I'm really happy for him," said centre Jason Kelce. ”I don't usually know who is back there but when I saw it was him and he got in the end zone, I had a big sense of joy.

“He's a phenomenal guy.”

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