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Eagles get breaks in 20-13 win over 'Skins

LANDOVER, Md. -- The 50-50 plays that seemed to go wrong during the Philadelphia Eagles' four-game skid went right for a change, and that's perhaps the main reason the so-called dream team of the NFC East isn't buried yet.

The Eagles finally learned how to tackle and stop the run Sunday during a 20-13 win over the Washington Redskins. Kurt Coleman celebrated his injury-induced return to the starting lineup with three interceptions. The offense overcame a thinned offensive line and gave the ball to LeSean McCoy a career-high 28 times.

But the story of the game was also told in these snapshot moments:

When the ball was lying on the goal line after a wayward snap, Michael Vick got to it first.

When McCoy lost the ball at the end of a run, he was already down.

When tight end Brent Celek tipped the ball twice with defenders around him, he still made the catch -- an incredible grab -- while falling on his back.

When a pass by Vick fluttered dangerously after being tipped behind the line of scrimmage, it landed in Jeremy Maclin's hands instead of those of a defender.

"The last four games, I think we've been having a lot of things go the other team's way," center Jason Kelce said. "Batted balls going into their hands and stuff like that. I think today we're starting to get a little bit of that luck shifting over back to our side."

The Eagles (2-4) raced to a 20-0 second-quarter lead and picked off Rex Grossman four times, prompting Washington coach Mike Shanahan to answer the fans' chants of "We want Beck!" by giving John Beck his first regular-season appearance since 2007.

Beck got the Redskins back into the game with a 2-yard quarterback draw to cap an 80-yard drive that pulled the Redskins (3-2) within seven points with 2:44 remaining, but the Eagles ran out the clock with the tail end of a 126-yard day from McCoy, who headed to the sideline and punched coach Andy Reid in the chest in his excitement.

"He knocked the wind out of me. He got me, got a good one," Reid said. "But I don't really care. He can do anything he wants today."

Said McCoy of his stout coach: "Andy, we're like his kids. We're still young. I kind of punched him . . . A lot of cushion there."

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