Redskins lose season opener against Eagles after lackluster second half

Posted at 2:40 PM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 14:41:36-04

Vernon Davis #85 of the Washington Redskins jumps over Andrew Sendejo #42 and Ronald Darby #21 to score a touchdown. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA – The Washington Redskins were the biggest underdogs heading into the first NFL Sunday of the 2019 season, but they took control early in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With 11 minutes remaining in the first quarter, quarterback Case Keenum completed a pass to Vernon Davis for a first down. It looked like Davis would be knocked out of bounds, but he hurdled a defender and took it 48 yards for a touchdown.

Davis is now 6th all-time on the NFL’s list for touchdown receptions by a tight end.

After a 41-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins, Washington took a 10-0 lead into the second quarter.

The Redskins quickly caused Eagles fans to boo Philadelphia, after Keenum’s monster 69-yard pass to Terry McLaurin gave Washington a 17-0 lead.

The Eagles wouldn’t head into the half scoreless after Carson Wentz completed a 51-yard pass to DeSean Jackson, before the Redskins added three more points at the end of the second quarter for a 20-7 lead at halftime.

Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after catching a third quarter touchdown pass. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Then, it turned into a completely different game in the second half.

Philadelphia’s offense got hot and Wentz completed passes to Jackson and Alshon Jeffery for two Eagles touchdowns in the third quarter. They didn’t let up, scoring again early in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jeffery.

The Eagles come back from a 13-point deficit with 25 points in the second half, winning it 32-27.

The Redskins (0-1) return to FedEx Field next Sunday for their home opener against the Dallas Cowboys (0-0), while the Eagles (1-0) travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons (0-1).