The offensive woes continued into the second quarter of today’s game between the Washington Redskins and the Atlanta Falcons. But this time around, the Washington defense took advantage.
Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan tipped a Matt Ryan pass and ran 28 yards untouched into the end zone for the game’s first score, putting the Redskins up 7-0 with about nine minutes to go in the first half.
But the talented Atlanta offense couldn’t be held back much longer, as they responded with a 1-yard touchdown pass and catch from quarterback Matt Ryan to tight end Tony Gonzalez that tied the game at 7 heading into halftime.
The Falcons got things going on their next drive after the Kerrigan interception, getting to the Redskins’ 30-yard line. But that was when Ryan fumbled the ball, which was recovered by middle linebacker Perry Riley — his third-career fumble recovery — setting up the Redskins’ first successful drive of the game, though it didn’t have an ideal ending for the home team.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III found running back Alfred Morris for a long gain through the air before Morris took a handoff and rumbled 29-yard gain. But three plays later, kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 31-yard field goal — his fourth miss in his last five kicks — giving the Redskins nothing to show on their first quality drive of the game.
The Falcons got back into Redskins’ territory on their next drive. Ryan found tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 21-yard gain across the middle — his ninth catch of the game — about a half-yard from the end zone, where his elbow was ruled down by the officials. One play later, Ryan found Gonzalez for the one-yard touchdown pass and catch, and after the extra point, the game was tied at 7.
It was an eight-play, 79-yard drive that took just 1:46 off the clock. Atlanta made it look easy on that drive, but that’s what happens when you have a Hall of Famer at tight end like Gonzalez.
A highlight for the Redskins in the first half: Alfred Morris has run the ball for 86 yards so far, the best first-half performance of his young career. Though the offense hasn’t had its best half of the season, Morris has certainly been a bright spot for Washington.
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