Cousins leads Redskins over Eagles 27-22

Washington Redskins' Chris Thompson (25) and Pierre Garcon (88) celebrate after a touchdown by Thompson during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Thompson kept running into the end zone on one of those rare times scoring a touchdown wasn’t the optimal play.

Ryan Kerrigan made sure it didn’t matter.

Thompson had a 25-yard TD run with 1:53 remaining, Kerrigan forced a turnover in the red zone and the Washington Redskins beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-22 on Sunday.

“Had he taken a knee, we could’ve run the clock down and kicked a field goal, but there’s no guarantees with those and we learned the hard way in London,” coach Jay Gruden said about Thompson’s run. “Smart thing to do would’ve been to take a knee, but that’s hard for a running back to do.”

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, including an 80-yard toss to DeSean Jackson, and had a pick-6.

The Eagles took a 22-21 lead when Caleb Sturgis hit a 41-yard field goal with 4:59 left after holder Donnie Jones got the high snap from third-string long snapper Trey Burton down in time.

Carson Wentz drove Philadelphia to the Redskins 14 in the final minute, but Kerrigan sacked him to force a fumble and seal the win for Washington.

The Redskins (7-5-1) snapped a two-game losing streak and remained in the middle of a jumbled playoff race.

“Our heart is still beating, we’re still rolling,” Gruden said.

The Eagles (5-8) have lost four in a row and eight of 10 after a 3-0 start.

“This is a resilient group,” coach Doug Pederson said. “They hung together. They battled. It’s great to see how far they’ve come through adversity.”

Jackson made a twisting, over-the-shoulder catch and spun away from Leodis McKelvin before slowing down and jogging into the end zone to give the Redskins a 14-13 lead in the third quarter.

“DeSean would’ve been a world-class center fielder,” Gruden said. “He adjusts to the ball and tracks it like no other.”

McKelvin intercepted Cousins and returned it 29 yards for a TD early in the fourth quarter, but Wentz’s pass to Jordan Matthews was knocked down on the 2-point conversion.

Cousins then connected with Pierre Garcon on a 15-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 21-13.

After Dustin Hopkins hit the left post on a 38-yard try in the first quarter, the Redskins took a 7-6 lead on their next possession. Rob Kelley knocked over a defender at the end of a nifty, 22-yard TD run .

Wentz finished with 314 yards passing and one TD pass. Cousins threw for 234.

“We just didn’t finish at the end,” Wentz said.

The Redskins have won five straight games against the Eagles.