By Jake Russell
It was a day of firsts for the Redskins as they forged ahead with a 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Redskins now maintain sole possession of first place in the NFC East after Week 16 for the first time since 1999. They have won six straight regular season games for the first time since 1996 and have won six overall for the first time since 2005 when they won their final five regular season games and a wild card playoff matchup.
Robert Griffin III made his first start since missing last week's 38-21 win in Cleveland while resting a right knee sprain. He posted a passer rating of 100 or more in a division game for the fifth time this season and reached the 20 touchdown and 3,000 passing yards milestones against Philadelphia.
The Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate was aided by rookie running back Alfred Morris and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss.
Morris ran for 91 yards against the Eagles, marking his eighth 90-yard game in what has become the best season of any rookie running back in team history. Garcon led the team with seven receptions for 89 yards while Moss caught his eighth touchdown of the season.
Kicker Kai Forbath connected on two field goals, making him 17-for-17 on the season, an NFL record to start a career.
Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was around the football all day, recording five tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Fellow linebacker London Fletcher notched his team-leading fifth interception in the second quarter, resulting in a Josh Morgan touchdown on the ensuing drive that put the Redskins up for good.
The Redskins enter Week 17 preparing for arguably the most anticipated game at FedEx Field since the 2000 Wild Card game against the Detroit Lions.
At 9-6, the Redskins hold the NFC East division title in their own hands. A victory over the Dallas Cowboys next will secure the Redskins a home playoff game for the first time in 13 years.
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