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The Washington Football Team played like a group of players determined to make a name for themselves.
Peyton Barber ran for two touchdowns and Dwayne Haskins rallied host Washington from a 17-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17 Sunday in chead oach Ron Rivera’s debut.
Haskins jumped in to give his teammates a halftime speech because Rivera was getting a pre-planned IV in his first game since learning he has a form of skin cancer.
“When playing quarterback, I’ve learned over the years that there’s opportunities in a game or in the locker room before the game to fire guys up,” said Haskins, who was 17-for-31 for 178 yards and one TD.
After falling behind 17-0 following two touchdown passes by Carson Wentz, Washington relied on a punishing defense and opportunistic offense in its first game since owner Dan Snyder finally agreed to change the team’s name, and former employees alleged sexual harassment in the organization.
Rivera lived up to his “Riverboat Ron” nickname earned in nine seasons with Carolina. Rivera went for it on 4th-and-1 from the Eagles’ 5 with the score tied midway through the fourth quarter.
Barber ran for the first down and then …
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