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Jan. 1, 2012 Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia Game Notes: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

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Jan. 1, 2012

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia

Game Notes: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

  • · Linebacker Brian Orakpo had a first-quarter sack of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. The sack was Orakpo’s eighth of the season and his first full sack against Philadelphia in his career.
  • · Orakpo added another sack in the second quarter, forcing the fifth fumble of his career and his third of the season. Linebacker Perry Riley recovered the fumble, his second recovery of the season and of his career.
  • · Orakpo’s multi-sack game was his first since Week 4, when Orakpo posted 2.5 sacks at St. Louis on Oct. 2. It was the seventh multi-sack game of his career.
  • · Orakpo became the first member of the Redskins to record at least nine sacks in three consecutive seasons since Dexter Manley accomplished the feat across four consecutive seasons from 1983-86.
  • · Linebacker London Fletcher played in his 224th consecutive game, which is tied with Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber for most among active non-specialists. It was also his 179th consecutive start, the most by any active linebacker.
  • · Fletcher’s 224th consecutive game played tied him for second-most among defensive players since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Fletcher and Barber are now tied with former LB Derrick Brooks and former DE Kevin Carter and trail only former LB Bill Romanowski (243 consecutive games played).
  • · Fletcher was credited with four tackles. He finished the season with 166 tackles according to NFL GSIS, the highest total of his career. His previous high according to NFL GSIS was 157, set in 2005 as a member of the Buffalo Bills.
  • · Running back Evan Royster posted his second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance, rushing 20 times for 113 yards.
  • · Royster had a 28-yard run in the second quarter, tying his career long from a week ago.
  • · Running back Roy Helu caught a 47-yard touchdown in the third quarter, the first touchdown reception of his career.
  • · The 47-yard reception is the Redskins’ longest by a running back since Dec. 21, 2009, when Rock Cartwight caught a 51-yard pass against the New York Giants.
  • · The reception is also the longest by a rookie running back this season and the longest by a rookie running back in team history.
  • · Royster and Helu became the first Redskins running back tandem since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to each post consecutive 100-yard rushing games during a single season.
  • · Quarterback Rex Grossman surpassed the 10,000-yard career passing mark in the first quarter with a 20-yard completion to fullback Darrel Young in the first quarter. Grossman now has 10,232 passing yards for his career.
  • · Grossman finished the season with 3,151 passing yards in 13 games, only 42 yards shy of matching his career high of 3,193, set in 2006 when he appeared in 16 games as a member of the Chicago Bears.
  • · Young had a single-game career-high three receptions. He set single-season career highs in rushing attempts (six), rushing yards (33), receptions (14) and receiving yards (138) during the 2011 season.
  • · Receiver Jabar Gaffney established a single-season career high in receptions, catching four passes to give him 68 receptions for the season, surpassing his previous career high of 65, set last season as a member of the Denver Broncos.
  • · Punter Sav Rocca placed two punts inside the 20-yard line, giving him 28 for the season and tying his career high, set last season.
  • · Rocca’s 28 punts downed inside the 20 are the fifth-most in a season in Redskins history and are the most since Tom Tupa had 30 punts downed inside the 20 during the 2004 season.
  • · Rocca finished the season with a 39.0-yard net punting average, which trails only Matt Turk’s 1996 and 1997 campaigns (39.2 yards) for the best in team history.
  • · Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe intercepted a fourth-quarter pass from Vick. The interception was his third of the season and his 25th of his career. Atogwe is the 17th active player to reach 25 career interceptions.
  • · Wide receiver Brandon Banks caught his first pass of the season on a 10-yard reception for a first down in the third quarter.
  • · Kicker Graham Gano converted a 27-yard field goal attempt in the fourth quarter, giving him 31 made field goals on the season, a career high. He tied Chip Lohmiller (1991) for second-most in a single season in team history and finished two field goals shy of tying Mark Moseley’s team record of 33 made field goals in a season (1983).
  • · Gano finished the season with 118 points, a career high and the most by a Redskins player since kicker Scott Blanton and running back Terry Allen had 118 points each during the 1996 season.
  • · Tight end Rob Myers played in his first career NFL game.

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