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WASHINGTON — Wide receiver Pierre Garcon overcame a bothersome knee Sunday, helping the Washington Redskins overcome the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Garcon with 26 seconds left, lifting the Redskins to a 23-20 win over the Eagles at FedEx Field.

Garcon caught seven passes for 55 yards, including three on the final drive.

“He’s one of the greatest competitors on this football team and people feed off of that,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “Those are some tough catches he made today.”

Starting on their own 10-yard line with 6:05 left, the Redskins (2-2) used a mix of passes and runs to get to the Eagles’ 34 at the two-minute warning.

On third-and-6, Cousins hit Garcon for 14 yards to the 16, and the pair connected again for 12 yards, setting up the game-winning pass, which Garcon held onto despite getting crunched between two Philadelphia defenders.

“He runs precise routes,” Cousins said. “He runs to the football. He’s fearless.”

Garcon left the game briefly due to his knee, but returned in time for the final drive.

“Just something been going on for a while. Just decided to get worse after I went deep,” Garcon said of his knee. “Glad it didn’t give out on me right before the end of the game.”

Cousins bounced back from a subpar effort against the Giants to finish 31-of-46 for 290 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He went 6-for-10 on the game-winning drive.

“He’s managing the football game and he’s putting us in position to win in the fourth quarter and we finally did that,” Gruden said.

Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford threw three second-half touchdown passes as the Eagles rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit. He finished 15-for-29 for 269 yards for the 1-3 Eagles.

What we learned about the Eagles:

1. Philadelphia misses Cody Parkey. After the placekicker sustained a season-ending groin injury, the Eagles signed Caleb Sturgis last week. He missed a 33-yard field goal and an extra point Sunday in a three-point loss. “He was fine in practice,” coach Chip Kelly said of Sturgis. “I said the other day, there’s a difference between practice and a game. You can’t simulate anything in practice that’s going to give you this environment.”

2. Running back DeMarco Murray wants more touches. Murray, back after missing one game due to a hamstring injury, had eight carries for 36 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards. “Do I think I’m touching the ball enough? No I’m not,” he said. “I don’t think I am, but you know, that’s how the plays are being called. You know, I love this offense. I love playing with these guys, and that’s how it is.”

3. The Eagles can play long ball. Quarterback Sam Bradford began the day averaging just 5.79 yards per attempt, but Sunday he averaged 9.6 yards per attempt, including touchdown passes of 62 yards (to wide receiver Riley Cooper) and 39 yards (to wide receiver Miles Austin). He also had a 45-yard completion to wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

Etc.

–QB Sam Bradford was 15-for-28 for 270 yards with three second-half touchdown passes and no interceptions Sunday in the Eagles’ loss at Washington, despite sustaining a slight ankle sprain. “In the second half, we protected (Bradford) better and gave him an opportunity to feel the football, and you saw what he could do and what we could do,” coach Chip Kelly said.

–WR Nelson Agholor lost a fumble on a reverse but caught three passes for 62 yards, including a 45-yard reception Sunday in the Eagles’ loss at Washington.

–K Caleb Sturgis, signed earlier in the week to replace the injured Cody Parkey, had a rough afternoon. He missed a 33-yard field goal and an extra point in the Eagles’ 23-20 loss at Washington. “I said the other day, there’s a difference between practice and a game,” coach Chip Kelly said. “You can’t simulate anything in practice that’s going to give you this environment.”


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