NFL: Robert Griffin III makes losing return as Philadelphia Eagles hold on
Last Updated: 10/09/13 7:35am
The Philadelphia Eagles held off a spirited fightback from the Washington Redskins to win 33-27.
The Eagles, inspired by coach Chip Kelly's frenetic offense, had led 33-7 late in the third quarter, before the Redskins hit back.
However despite three scoring three unanswered touchdowns, it was too little too late for the Redskins - who welcomed back Robert Griffin III back to their line-up after eight months out with a serious knee injury.
Griffin's return, though, was upstaged by the free-flowing Eagles.
Michael Vick threw for two touchdowns and ran in another himself to cap a superb night for the Eagles.
Vick connected with DeSean Jackson for a 25-yard touchdown in the first quarter, before he found Brent Celek with a 28-yard scoring pass.
A three-yard touchdown run rounded off the half for Vick, who completed 15-of-25 for 203 yards.
LeSean McCoy also crossed for a touchdown after a 34-yard run in the third quarter - with the 25-year-old rushing for 184 yards in total.
Washington had opened the scoring when DeAngelo Hall ran in from 75 yards after Ryan Kerrigan had slapped down Vick's attempted pass.
The Eagles, though, were able to take control and it wasn't until Alfred Morris scored with a five-yard run late in the third quarter that the Redskins burst into life.
And Griffin, who had earlier thrown a career-high two interceptions, combined with Leonard Hankerson twice in the last quarter as the Redskins threatened to pull off a memorable comeback.
Griffin first connected with 24-year-old wide receiver from 10 yards, before a 24-yard pass with just over a minute left cut the deficit to just six points.