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Redskins Hang On to Win 6th Straight as RGIII Returns; Close in on Playoffs

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PHILADELPHIA (CBSDC) — After missing one game with a mild knee sprain, Robert Griffin III returned to field as the Washington Redskins eked out a 27-20 win over the downward trending Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Sporting a bulky knee brace, Griffin passed for 198 yards and two touchdowns behind an 16-of-24 effort in his first start in Philadelphia and what could very well be Andy Reid’s home finale.

The long-tenured Eagles coach’s future is bleak with a dismissal appearing to be the likely conclusion to a historically tragic season that included the untimely death of his son during training camp.

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And while Philadelphia showed signs of life in the fourth quarter — coming up just short in the closing seconds — they will ultimately limp into the final week of the season as losers of 10 of their last 11 games.

Mike Shanahan’s club is on a completely different trajectory, having rattled off six straight wins to set up one of the biggest games in the past 20 seasons — a showdown against the Dallas Cowboys with a trip to the postseason on the line. The formula is simple: win and their in. The game appears likely to be moved to an 8:30 p.m. kickoff under the NFL’s flexible scheduling policy.

Against the Eagles, Alfred Morris rushed for 91 yards, 73 of which came in the second half, and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Santana Moss also found the end zone on a beautifully placed 22-yard pass from Griffin in the third quarter.

Josh Morgan gave Washington their first score of the day on an 11-yard strike in the second quarter that was upheld due to lack of visual evidence.

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