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Ron Rivera: No Excuses in 27-17 Loss to Eagles

Washington Football Team quarterback Garrett Gilbert throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WFT Head Coach Ron Rivera made no excuses for the 17-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) Tuesday night. He admitted the truth we saw on TV: They lost the momentum.

“We had some momentum later on, and we couldn’t capitalize on the momentum. You can’t let teams, good teams, you know, stay around. If you get an opportunity you gotta make plays and we didn’t do that.” Washington scored early in the First Quarter, going seven plays for 26 yards. Later in the same quarter, they capitalized off an Eagles fumble to go up 10-0 thanks to a 22-yard field goal.

For a moment, Washington’s defense dominated. It fizzled, resulting in 20 unanswered points from the Eagles. The Washington Offense was nonexistent, scoring again only in the Fourth Quarter. They couldn’t stop the run or start their own. Eagles RB Miles Sanders finished Tuesday night’s game with 18 carries for 131 yards. Washington’s Antonio Gibson finished the game 15 for 26 yards and one touchdown. They also lost the battle in total yards (239 to Philly’s 519), and it’s easy to see why they lost.

Ron Rivera on QB Garrett Gilbert: “He gave a good effort”

Rivera knew Garrett was in a crazy situation. The newly crowned Washington QB only had four days to practice with the team. Tuesday night’s game was only his second pro start. Washington QBs Taylor Hienicke and Kyle Allen were out due to positive COVID-19 tests. The was no sideline wisdom, only doing the best job he could do. He was 20 for 31, 194 yards on the night. That’s nothing to shrug off. “He gave a heck of an effort,” Rivera told media after the game. He added Garret made good decisions and delivered some good balls, but he needed reps. “His timing and rhythm was off a little bit…he made some plays and he fought and he battled and you know, when a guy does that, you appreciate that,” he said.

The WFT, now 6-8, will have to put this loss behind them fast. With Christmas this weekend, an away game at Dallas Sunday, they will need to refocus. They round out the Top 10 in the NFC, still having a shot at the playoffs. But they have to win and hope for losses by those at the top.

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