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RG III Watches as Falcons Rally

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez dives for the endzone.

A dazed Robert Griffin III watched from the sideline as the Falcons offense marched 69 yards for a touchdown to give Atlanta a 24-17 victory over the Redskins in front of 75,337 fans at FedEx Field. Atlanta improved to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Griffin exited the game in the third quarter woozy from a slobber knocker delivered by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. The Redskins top pick took a few minutes before being helped to his feet to take a few wobbly steps to the sideline. On the sideline, the Washington medical staff attended to the rookie’s chin.

Before the hit, the Skins top pick had completed 10 of 15 passes for 91 yards. Draft-mate Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin delivering big dividends in the first series of the fourth quarter. Cousins threw for 111 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Most of his passing yards were courtesy of a 77 yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss that gave Washington a 17-14 lead early in the final quarter. “I think there was supposed to be a deep safety who just didn’t get back there,” said Cousins. “I just ended up following my read and Santana was the first part of the progression and he popped open.”

Down the stretch, Cousins interceptions cut short the Redskins comeback hopes. “I tried to force it,” admitted Cousins . “I tried to do too much. I need to take the check down.”

Washington running back Alfred Morris had another spectacular day rushing for 115 yards on 18 carries. “I’ve said that from day 1, he’s got all the things you look for in a running back,“ said Washington Head Coach Mike Shanahan. “He’s tough. He’s hard-nosed. He’s a first, second, third down back and doesn’t seem to get tired.”

Atlanta countered Morris’ rushing efforts with not so secret weapon Matt Ryan. Ryan atoned for his back-to-back turnovers finishing with 34 completions on 52 passes for 345 yards and 2 scores. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan intercepted Ryan at the 28 yard line for a pick six and the early lead. Ryan’s fumble on the next series didn’t result in points for the Redskins.

Ryan eliminated the miscues connecting with nine different receivers; three of them had 4 or more receptions for over 50 yards.

Veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez looked very much like his twenty-something self finishing the game with 13 receptions for 123 yards and an acrobatic touchdown.

“I thought he did a great job,” said Ryan of Gonzalez’s performance. “Tony, statistically, probably had one of the best games he’s had since he’s been a Falcon.”

Washington’s defense kept the Falcons big plays to a minimum most of the day. “We play well enough at times but not well enough to win,” said Skins defensive lineman Barry Cofield. “ Twenty-four points is too much for us for the goals that we set.






Atlanta Falcons-24 vs Washington Redskins-17
SLIDESHOW




  • Redskins cheerleader Kristie prepares to run through the helmet onto the field.

  • The Redskins cheerleaders run through the helmet onto FedEx Field.

  • Robert Griffin III leads the Redskins onto the field.

  • Redskins LB London Fletcher gets amped up during player introductions.

  • Redskins starting QB Robert Griffin III tries a left handed throw during warm-ups.

  • Redskins Cheerleader Lindsey poses after player introductions.

  • Julio Jones concentrates on catching the pass as DB Josh Wilson closes in.

  • LB Rob Jackson flies in to finish off Julio Jones.

  • Defenders London Fletcher and Richard Crawford bring down Falcons RB Michael Turner.

  • QB Robert Griffin prepares to pitch the ball to Alfred Morris.

  • DeAngelo Hall charges in to deliver the hit on RB Michael Turner.

  • The Redskin Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action.

  • Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan picks off Matt Ryan and returns it for a 28 yard touchdown.

  • Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan picks off Matt Ryan and returns it for a 28 yard touchdown.

  • Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan picks off Matt Ryan and returns it for a 28 yard touchdown.

  • Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan jumps into the stands after picking off Matt Ryan and returning it for a 28 yard touchdown..

  • The Redskins Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action.

  • LB Perry Riley stuffs Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers in the hole.

  • RB Alfred Morris runs past a diving Thomas DeCoud for a big gain.

  • The Redskin Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action.

  • RB Alfred Morris fights off Falcons safety William Moore.

  • RB Alfred Morris falls to the sideline after freeing himself from Falcons safety William Moore..

  • WR Harry Douglas catches the pass from Matt Ryan in front of DB Richard Crawford.

  • The Redskin Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action.

  • Defenders Madieu Williams and London Fletcher break up the pass to Julio Jones in the endzone.

  • Defenders Madieu Williams and London Fletcher break up the pass to Julio Jones in the endzone

  • Defenders Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes stop veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez from diving across the goal line.

  • Defenders Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes stop veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez from diving across the goal line.

  • Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has a chat with an official after the Gonzalez play is reviewed.

  • Tight end Tony Gonzalez elevates to catch the 1 yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan.

  • Tony Gonzalez comes down with the pass from Matt Ryan for a 1 yard touchdown.

  • The famous Pig Pen, home of the famous Hog fans.

  • Tight end Fred Davis catches the pass from Robert Griffin in front of Falcons safety William Moore.

  • Redskins LB Perry Riley knocks down Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez short of the first down to force a punt.

  • Redskins Cheerleader Judy takes a minute to pose during a break in the action.

  • Robert Griffin III zips a pass out to tight end Fred Davis.

  • Robert Griffin III bootlegs for a 7 yard gain.

  • Robert Griffin III receives treatment after taking a big hit that left the rookie QB wobbly.

  • Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers can't hold onto the pass from Matt Ryan.

  • A pair of Navy Seaman enjoy the game.

  • The Redskins Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action.

  • Receiver Roddy White steps out of the grasp of LB London Fletcher and looks for more yards.

  • Julio Jones makes a leaping grab over DB Josh Wilson for a touchdown.

  • Defensive back Dunta Robinson dives in to bring down Redskins RB Alfred Morris.

  • Santana Moss catches the pass from QB Kirk Cousins and sprints 77 yards for a touchdown.

  • The Redskins Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action..

  • Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff drills the extra point through the uprights.

  • DeAngelo Hall and Madieu Williams knock a pass away from intended receiver Roddy White.

  • Tony Gonzalez sheds two tacklers and runs for more yards.

  • Kicker Matt Bryant drills a 53 yard field goal to tie the game for the Falcons at 17-17.

  • Julio Jones eludes a tackle along the sidelines.

  • The Redskins Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action.

  • Running back Alfred Morris turns defender tackling DB Dunta Robinson after the defender intercepted a pass from Kirk Cousins.

  • The Redskins Cheerleaders perform during a break in game action..

  • Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan greets Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith at midfield after the game.

  • Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan addresses the media after the game.




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