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Eagles comeback falls short; Reid's future in doubt

Published On: Dec 23 2012 09:06:29 PM CST
Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) --  In what may have been Andy Reid's last game coaching the Eagles in Philadelphia, the Eagles' comeback bid came up short in a 27-20 loss to the Redskins on Sunday.

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 Andy Reid's last game coaching the team at home. Reid is unlikely to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year.

The Eagles, who are missing the playoffs for the second straight year after coming 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 season-low 4 yards rushing but made several big throws to lead Washington.

"Anytime you wear a brace, it's going to restrict your motion," Griffin said. "It didn't slow me down by any means. I felt like myself out there. That's why they call me quarterback. It's not abbreviated with running quarterback. I have to throw the ball and assist guys by handing off."

Griffin was 16 of 24 for 198 yards. He did throw the first interception made by the Eagles in nine games.

They hadn't picked off one since Week 6 against Detroit before Colt Anderson intercepted Griffin's tipped pass in the fourth quarter. That set up a 17-yard TD run by Dion Lewis that cut Washington's lead to 27-20 midway through the fourth.

The Eagles held on defense, forced a punt and started their last drive at their 15.

They were at the Washington 17 when Foles bounced a pass to Jeremy Maclin, who was open in the right corner of the end zone on third down.

Foles then hit LeSean McCoy for a 12-yard gain on fourth-and-2 to the 5 with 11 seconds left.

After an incompletion where Evan Moore dropped a pass near the goal line, Foles was called for grounding, and the last second was automatically run off the clock.

"In that situation, the clock is the most important thing," Foles said. "I didn't feel like anyone was open and was just trying to make a play. I just have to make sure the ball gets to line of scrimmage. That's on me."

While the Redskins celebrated, the Eagles ran off the field to a chorus of boos. There was talk in Philadelphia leading up to the game whether fans would give Reid a cheerful send-off. The crowd didn't acknowledge him when he took the field before the pregame introductions, but some chanted "Andy! Andy!" in support when he left.

"We have great fans," said Reid, who gave a slight wave as he walked into the tunnel. "I understand the situation. I appreciate everything."

Game Notes:

McCoy was back in the lineup after missing the last four games with a concussion. He had 45 yards rushing. Michael Vick was inactive, though he was cleared to play after missing five games with a concussion. Eagles have committed 36 turnovers while forcing only 13. Foles finished 32 of 48 for 345 yards, one TD and one interception.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.