The Washington Redskins came into the final game of the season at FedEx Field with nothing to play for except pride. They wouldn’t win that, either.
The Redskins capped a monumental late-season collapse with Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, a loss that actually pleased the Philadelphia-heavy crowd at FedEx.
The Eagles’ win helped the defending Super Bowl champions grab the sixth and final NFC playoff spot, while the loss was Washington’s sixth in its past seven games — a steep fall from week 10 when the Redskins were atop the NFC East with a 6-3 record.
The teams had the same number of drives (nine) during the game. However, Washington could only manage 89 yards of total offense compared to 360 yards for Philadelphia (9-7), which controlled the ball for more than 43 minutes.
“I thought our team played hard today,” said Washington head coach Jay Gruden. “Offensively, we just couldn’t get anything going. Hats off to the Eagles defense. … Obviously, their staff did a much better job overall but our players played hard and they came in here to win a ballgame. We just couldn’t get it done.”
The champs will travel to Chicago to play the Bears next weekend in the wild-card round of the playoffs, while the Redskins will miss the postseason for the third straight year.