The Redskins certainly had plenty of opportunities to make a statement with a win over the undefeated Atlanta Falcons today.
And though Washington had a 3-point lead into the fourth quarter, it couldn’t eventually keep Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense at bay.
The Falcons (5-0) defeated the Redskins (2-3) 24-17 in front of 75,337 fans at FedExField.
The thought on just about every Redskins fan’s mind, however, is the condition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Griffin III was “shaken up” after suffering a huge hit near the end of the third quarter. He was taken into the locker room for evaluations and didn’t return to the game.
Redskins.com will definitely keep you updated on the latest on Griffin III’s condition.
As for the rest of the fourth quarter…
The Falcons took the lead early in the fourth quarter via an 18-yard touchdown grab from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones. It was a great display of focus by Jones, who was able to catch the ball with one foot in the end zone while dragging the other. Capped off a 6-play, 47-yard drive that gave the Falcons the 14-10 lead early into the fourth quarter.
The Redskins’ offense — led by rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins — responded in a big way. When things were looking bleak on third down, Cousins found veteran receiver Santana Moss wide open for a 77-yard touchdown pass — Moss’ second touchdown reception of the season — and, after the extra point, the Redskins took a 17-14 lead.
The Redskins’ defense then responded with two big plays by nose tackle Barry Cofield, who got a sack on second down and knocked down a Ryan pass on third down, setting up a Matt Bryant’s 53-yard field goal that tied the game at 17 with 7:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Cousins and company couldn’t find the same magic on their next drive and were forced to punt, setting up the Falcons on a potential go-ahead drive late in the game. They cashed in on a 13-yard touchdown by Michael Turner with 2:46 left in the game, and, after the extra point, went up 24-17.
The Redskins got 46 yards away from potentially tying the game on the ensuing drive, but Cousins was picked off by Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson.
The Falcons were held off on their next drive as they tried to run out the clock, however. The Redskins’ offense came back on the field with 1:21 left and no timeouts. Cousins, in the shotgun, got hit as he threw from his blind side on the first play and was picked off again, this time by safety Thomas DeCoud, which essentially ending things for today’s game.
Should Redskins fans be happy with a loss? Absolutely not. But considering the circumstances — like Griffin III’s injury — the Redskins still had their opportunities to come away with the upset and just came up short.
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