New York loss helps Dal­las,

Washington wins NFC East with Vic­tory next week

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Robert Grif­fin III showed he can win games with­out us­ing his legs. One more vic­tory puts the Washington Red­skins in the play­offs.

Grif­fin threw a pair of touch­down passes in his first game back from a knee in­jury, Kai For­bath set the NFL record for con­sec­u­tive field goals to be­gin a ca­reer, and the Red­skins held on to beat the Philadel­phia Ea­gles 27-20 on Sun­day for their sixth straight win.

Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Red­skins (9-6) are on the brink of their first di­vi­sion ti­tle in 13 years. Washington can clinch the NFC East with a vic­tory over Dal­las at home next Sun­day.

The Red­skins haven’t won it since 1999 and last reached the play­offs in 2007. They could still back into the post­sea­son with a loss.

“We’re al­ready onto the next one,” Grif­fin said. “You don’t cele- brate wins at this point of the sea­son.”

Nick Foles drove the Ea­gles to the Red­skins 5 be­fore his in­ten­tional ground­ing penalty ended the game.

Try­ing to play spoiler, the Ea­gles (4-11) fell short in what could’ve been coach Andy Reid’s last game at home. Reid is un­likely to re­turn for a 15th sea­son next year. The Ea­gles, who are miss­ing the play­offs for the sec­ond straight year af­ter com- ing in with huge ex­pec­ta­tions, fin­ish at the New York Giants.

“I have noth­ing to tell you on that,” Reid said. “I’m the coach right now.”

A sprained right knee forced Grif­fin to miss last week’s win at Cleve­land. The rookie had a sea­son­low 4 yards rush­ing but made sev­eral big throws to lead Washington.

“Any­time you wear a brace, it’s go­ing to re­strict your mo­tion,” Grif- fin said. “It didn’t slow me down by any means. I felt like my­self out there.”

Grif­fin was 16 of 24 for 198 yards, although he did throw the first in­ter­cep­tion by the Ea­gles in nine games.

For­bath hit field goals of 45 and 42 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter. The sec­ond was his 17th straight, break­ing Gar­rett Hart­ley’s record for con­sec­u­tive field goals made to start a ca­reer.

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