By WAYNE COFFEY
New York Daily News
PHILADELPHIA - The last time the Redskins left The Vet with smiles on their faces, the local QB was Randall Cunningham, the local coach was Buddy Ryan and the local fans were in an uproar because Ryan had replaced Cunningham with Jim McMahon in an NFC playoff game.
That was 1990. By the slimmest of margins, the Redskins finally took another one here Sunday, surviving a crackling good first-place NFC East showdown with the Eagles, 26-21, climbing into the division lead and winning what Redskins cornerback Darrell Green called the team's biggest game since the '91 Super Bowl season.
``Better us than them,'' Green said. ``(But) talk to me after 16 weeks.''
``I'm not an excuse-maker, and we got our butts kicked today,'' said Ray Rhodes, coach of the 7-4 Eagles.
The Redskins (8-3) ended a two-game slide, and helped ease the hideous memory of yielding 522 passing yards to Boomer Esiason in last week's overtime loss to the Cardinals. They did it thanks to the soft hands of tight end Jamie Asher (two touchdowns), a huge stand by a maligned defense and an excruciating miss by Eagles wide receiver Chris T. Jones, who let a potential game-winning TD pass from quarterback Ty Detmer zip through his hands with 15 seconds remaining.