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November 17, 2013

Eagles go from worst to first in NFC East

PHILADELPHIA — For the Philadelphia Eagles to go worst-to-first in the NFC East, they had to win at home.

Bye-bye, losing streak.

Nick Foles threw for 298 yards and spun free for a touchdown, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles snapped a 10-game losing skid at Lincoln Financial Field with a 24-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

A year after finishing 4-12 under Andy Reid, Chip Kelly had guided his Eagles (6-5) to the division lead. They’re a half-game ahead of idle Dallas (5-5).

The defending division champion Redskins rallied in the fourth quarter but fell short, dropping to 3-7.

“I don’t look at it globally,” Kelly said. “We have five games in December and we put ourselves in position where those games are meaningful. We’ll see where we’re at Dec. 29.”

The Eagles hadn’t won at home in 413 days since defeating the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012. They’ll enter their bye week on a three-game winning streak, having turned things around after consecutive home losses last month.

“Not one person on this team was defeated,” Foles said. “Everybody in our locker room believed we can win and if you feel that way, it’s something special. We have to keep the momentum going.”

Down 24-0 in the fourth quarter, the Redskins rallied behind Robert Griffin III’s TD passes of 62 yards to Darrel Young and 41 yards to Aldrick Robinson and both 2-point conversions.

RG3 then drove the Redskins to the Eagles 18 before his pass off his back foot was intercepted by Brandon Boykin in the end zone.

“I was trying to throw the ball in the back of the end zone,” he said. “It didn’t get to where I wanted it to go. Obviously I was on my heels. Something I can definitely learn from.”

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