As the Cowboys moved to 8-3 with a Thanksgiving win over the Raiders, the Eagles and Giants were forced to win in order to keep pace.
The Giants failed, miserably, in Denver on Thanksgiving night.
The Eagles succeeded at home on Sunday, albeit barely.
Facing a Redskins team that was missing running back Clinton Portis, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the Eagles were forced to come from behind late to nail down a victory.
The worst news for the Eagles, who can’t really call a sluggish win over the Redskins “good news,” is that receiver DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion after catching a pass late in the third quarter.
Given the league’s new sensitivity to concussions, it’s unknown when Jackson will play again.
Without him on the field, quarterback Donovan McNabb nevertheless led the Eagles to 11 fourth-quarter points, which wiped out an eight-point deficit and pushed Philly’s record to 7-4.
For the game, McNabb completed 21 of 35 passes for 260 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Rookie tailback LeSean McCoy, starting again for Brian Westbrook (concussion), gained 76 yards on 17 carries and added 25 yards on four receptions.
Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley also left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.