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Eagles, Garner Make Redskins Feel Sick : NFC: Running back shakes off upset stomach, helps team win in overtime, 37-34.

October 09, 1995|From Associated Press

Philadelphia Eagle running back Charlie Garner left Sunday's game against Washington briefly because of an upset stomach. When it was over, the Redskins were feeling queasy.

Garner had 120 yards and three touchdowns in nine carries, and Ricky Watters added 139 yards as the Eagles beat the Redskins, 37-34, in overtime Sunday.

Gary Anderson kicked the winning field goal, a 35-yarder, on second down with 10:06 gone in the overtime.

"We've shown today we have more than one running back, which will make most teams respect us on the ground," Eagle Coach Ray Rhodes said. "It's a great 1-2 punch."

Having Anderson kicking isn't a bad weapon, either. Signed away from Pittsburgh as a free agent, Anderson continued his strong work with three field goals and is 12 for 15.

"It didn't really matter to me when I kicked it, because we were well within range," he said. "We also wanted to have more than one chance in case we had a bad snap."

The Redskins rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game into overtime, when Anderson decided another tight finish between the teams. It was the sixth consecutive time, and the seventh in the last eight meetings, that a game between Washington and Philadelphia was decided in the final seconds.

Watters ran seven times for 33 yards on the 73-yard drive that ended with Anderson's winning kick.

Watters also had a career-high 11 catches for 90 yards.

"I've been saying for years I'm a workhorse back who can run and catch the ball out of the backfield," said the former 49er who was Philadelphia's most expensive free agent pickup this year.

Garner hasn't talked to the media since training camp, so it was up to guard Guy McIntyre to try to explain Garner's upset stomach. "Charlie probably was exhausted," he said. "The kid ran hard today."

Watters and Garner powered through shoddy Redskin tackling as the Eagles (3-3) had 272 yards rushing and 524 yards overall to earn their first home victory in six games.

The Redskins had little success blunting the Philadelphia running attack, which Coach Norv Turner knew his team would have to do.

"It's no secret that at times we've struggled stopping the run," Turner said. "They put together a game plan where they would run and throw high-percentage passes."

Eddie Murray, who kicked for the Eagles last season, made a 46-yard field goal with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

"We were so close," said Gus Frerotte, who drove the Redskins (2-4) to the Philadelphia 45 in overtime before the Eagles forced a punt. "I thought for sure we'd get another first down and win it."

The Eagles turned the Redskins' second turnover, an interception by Greg Jackson, into a 17-yard touchdown run by Garner that put Philadelphia ahead, 31-24.

Anderson's 43-yard field goal increased the Eagle lead to 34-24.

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