The Redskins have played the Falcons on 22 occasions in the regular season and the postseason combined, beginning in 1966. The 2012 matchup is the first time the Redskins have hosted the Falcons since the 2006 season.
The Falcons have played in Atlanta since their inaugural season as an NFL franchise in 1966. The Falcons’ Georgia Dome is located about 45 miles from the team’s headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.
The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 33-20, on Oct. 9, 1966, in Washington, D.C. In that game, the Redskins led 20-17 at halftime before going on a 13-3 run the rest of the way to secure the victory.
Washington was led by quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, who completed 17-of-26 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Charley Taylor had three receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 58 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. The Redskins’ Brig Owens and John Reger each had interceptions for the defense.
The Redskins played their first and only game against the Falcons at FedExField on Dec. 3, 2006 – a 24-14 Atlanta victory. In that game, the Redskins jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter – on an eight-yard touchdown run by Ladell Betts and a 42-yard pass-and-catch from Jason Campbell to Santana Moss – before being outscored 24-0 the rest of the way.
Betts finished with a game-best 155 yards rushing for the Redskins, Moss had 123 yards receiving and Campbell completed 18-of-38 passes for 217 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Overall, the Redskins are 10-2 combined in the regular season and postseason when playing games in Washington, D.C. The Redskins won their first 10 home games in the series before dropping the last two to the Falcons.
A Washington win on Sunday would be its first home win against Atlanta since Dec. 19, 1993.
The last matchup between the teams saw a 31-17 Falcons win on Nov. 8, 2009, at the Georgia Dome. Campbell, who was sacked five times in the first half, led two 13-play scoring drives on the Redskins’ first two possessions of the second half to close the gap to 24-17 before the Falcons got one final touchdown to run away with the victory.
Campbell passed 196 yards and a touchdown, while Betts rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown in relief of running back Clinton Portis, who left the game with an injury.
The Redskins are 15-6-1 all-time in combined regular-season and postseason games against the Falcons.
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