PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia had plenty of tough breaks during its recent skid. In the slop and the rain on Sunday, the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins with a big play and a lucky bounce of their own.
Donovan McNabb threw an 84 yard touchdown pass to Donte' Stallworth, Sheldon Brown returned an interception 70 yards for a score and the Eagles snapped a 3 game losing streak with a 27-3 victory over Washington.
It was a costly loss for the Redskins, who lost Clinton Portis to a broken right hand in the 1st quarter. It wasn't immediately known how long Washington (3-6) would be without its star running back.
The Eagles (5-4) improved to 8-0 following a bye under coach Andy Reid while earning their first win since beating Dallas 38-24 in Terrell Owens' return to Philadelphia on October 8th.
McNabb completed 12 of 26 passes for 222 yards. Stallworth had 6 catches for 139 yards and Brian Westbrook ran for 113 yards.
Philadelphia struggled with bad bounces in its recent losses, including a 23-21 loss at Tampa Bay after Matt Bryant kicked a 62 yard field goal to win it as time expired.
But the Eagles got a lucky bounce of their own to take a 17-0 lead in the 2nd quarter. On 3rd & 15 from the Eagles 45, McNabb completed a 20 yard pass to Reggie Brown near the right sideline. Brown appeared to try to lateral the ball as he was being hit by Shawn Springs.
The ball popped straight into the arms of a streaking Correll Buckhalter, who caught it and sprinted 37 yards down the sideline for his first TD since 2003. The play was officially ruled a fumble by Brown and a recovery for Buckhalter.
On Washington's first possession in the 3rd quarter, Sheldon Brown stepped in front of Mark Brunell's pass to Santana Moss, made the pick and ran untouched the other way to give the Eagles a 27-3 lead.
Philly's defense kept the Redskins out of the end zone in a solid all-around effort. Ladell Betts had 83 yards rushing filling in for the injured Portis.
The Eagles, who scored a total of 3 points in the 1st half of their last 3 games, matched that on the first drive when David Akers kicked a 37 yard field goal.
McNabb's long TD pass to Stallworth made it 10-0. Stallworth, who missed 4 games with a hamstring injury, blew past safety Sean Taylor, caught McNabb's pass in stride and raced into the end zone for his longest career catch.
The Redskins drove past midfield on their first 3 possessions, but punted twice and Nick Novak missed a 48 yard field goal.
Novak made a 32 yarder to cut it to 17-3 at halftime. Akers hit a 25 yarder to extend Philadelphia's lead to 20-3 in the 3rd quarter.