Game notes from Philadelphia’s 37-34 win over Washington on Sunday.
The Washington Redskins fell to the Philadelphia Eagles, 37-34, in front of an announced crowd of 69,596 people at Lincoln Financial Fieldon Sunday.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins recorded his first start of the season and finished the game having completed 30-of-48 passes for 427 yards with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 103.4.
Cousins recorded career highs in completions (30), passing yards (427) and passing touchdowns (three). His previous highs in all three categories came in Week 15 last season at Atlanta.
Cousins’ 427 passing yards were the fourth-most by a Redskins quarterback in a regular season game in team history, trailing Brad Johnson (471 on Dec. 26, 1999), Mark Rypien (442 on Nov. 10, 1991) and Doug Williams (430 on Sept. 11, 1988).
Cousins’ 400-yard passing day was the first of his career and the first by a Redskins quarterback since Donovan McNabb vs. Houston on Sept. 19, 2010 (426).
Cousins has now thrown multiple touchdown passes in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
Running back Alfred Morris gained 77 yards on 23 carries and entered the Top 10 in career rushing yardage in Redskins history, surpassing Don Bosseler (3,112). Morris now has 3,141 career rushing yards.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned to Lincoln Financial Field after appearing in 87 career regular season games with the Eagles across the 2008-13 seasons.
Jackson posted a season-high 117 receiving yards on four receptions with one receiving touchdown in his return. The 100-yard receiving game was the 21st of Jackson’s career and his first with the Redskins.
Wide receiver Pierre Garçon posted season highs with 11 receptions for 138 yards with one receiving touchdown. The 11 receptions tied his career high set in Week 16 last season vs. Dallas.
The 100-yard receiving game was the 14th of Garçon’s career and his eighth with the Redskins.
The Redskins had two receivers accumulate 100 receiving yards in the same game for the first time since Laveranues Coles (180) and Rod Gardner (118) accomplished the feat at Atlanta on Sept. 13, 2003.
The Redskins gained 511 net yards, a season high and the team’s first 500-yard effort since posting 500 total yards vs. San Diego in Week 9 last season.
Including a 449-yard effort last week vs. Jacksonville, the Redskins have now posted at least 400 yards of offense in two consecutive games for the first time since doing so in three straight games from Weeks 9-11 last season.
The Redskins opened the game with an 11-play, 77-yard touchdown drive culminating in a four-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to fullback Darrel Young.
The opening-drive touchdown was the Redskins’ first since Dec. 1, 2013 vs. the New York Giants.
The touchdown was Young’s third in as many games this season (rushing touchdown in Week 1 at Houston, receiving touchdown in Week 2 vs. Jacksonville). It marks the first time in Young’s career he has scored a touchdown in three consecutive games.
The receiving touchdown was the sixth of Young’s career.
Cousins completed his first eight pass attempts of the game. Last week, Cousins completed his first 12 attempts – a personal best for consecutive completions – vs. Jacksonville.
On the Redskins’ second drive, Cousins connected with Garçon for a four-yard touchdown pass.
The touchdown reception was Garçon’s 26th of his career, his 10th with Washington and his first of the season.
Cousins’ first quarter performance marked the first time a Redskins quarterback had thrown two first-quarter touchdown passes since Mark Brunell vs. the New York Giants on Dec. 24, 2005.
The 14-point first quarter was the Redskins’ first since Week 2 of the 2012 season at St. Louis.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall recorded his first fumble recovery of the season in the second quarter, recovering the first forced fumble of rookie cornerback Bashaud Breeland’s career.
The fumble recovery was the 14th of Hall’s career and the eighth of his tenure with the Redskins.
Kicker Kai Forbath converted his 17th and 18th consecutive field goal attempts, dating back to last season, the longest streak of his career. In the process, he surpassed himself for second in team history (17 in 2012).
Forbath set the streak in the same stadium in which he converted his NFL record 17th consecutive field goal to open a career in 2012.
In the third quarter, Cousins connected with Jackson for an 81-yard touchdown pass. The pass was a career long for Cousins, surpassing a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss on Oct. 7, 2012.
The touchdown was Jackson’s first with the Redskins and the 33rd of his career. The 81-yard reception was the third-longest of his career and his longest since a 91-yard touchdown reception at Dallas on Dec. 12, 2010, as a member of the Eagles.
The touchdown was Jackson’s 18th total touchdown covering 50 yards or more in his career, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.
The 81-yard completion was the Redskins’ longest since Robert Griffin III hit Garçon for an 88-yard touchdown in Week 1 of the 2012 season. The 81-yard pass was the longest allowed by the Eagles since Oct. 18, 2009 (86 at Oakland).
The touchdown pass was Cousins’ third of the day and the 13th of his career. His three passing touchdowns matched his career high set in Week 15 last season at Atlanta.
Running back Roy Helu, Jr. recorded a career-long 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Three plays later, Helu, Jr. finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown run, the seventh rushing touchdown of his career and his first of the season.
Excluding a kneeldown to end the half, the Redskins scored on every possession in the first half for the first time since Week 10 at Minnesota last season.
The Redskins gained 253 net yards in the first half. The Redskins have exceeded 250 first-half yards in two of their three games this season. The team accrued 250 first-half yards twice in 16 games last season.
Cousins finished the first half with a passer rating of 123.4, marking the seventh time since 1991 a Redskins quarterback finished a first half with at least 10 attempts and a passer rating in excess of 120.0. He was the first to do it since he accomplished the feat in Week 15 at Atlanta last season (141.3 rating on 20 attempts).
The Redskins scored 20 first-half points at Philadelphia a week after scoring 21 first-half points vs. Jacksonville, marking the first time since Weeks 1-2 of the 2012 season that the Redskins had scored 20 points in the first half of consecutive games.
The Redskins did not allow a sack for the first time since Week 16 last season vs. Dallas.
The Redskins entered a game as the No. 1 ranked total defense in the NFL for the first time since enteringWeek 10 of the 2004 season as the league’s top-rated unit.
The Redskins’ defense held Eagles running back LeSean McCoy to 1.1 yards per carry, the second-lowest single-game total of his career.
Despite the loss, the Redskins remain 81-73-5 against the Eagles all-time, including postseason play. The Redskins’ 82 wins against the Eagles are their most against any opponent.