Bobby Mitchell did everything he could.
The flanker threw a successful 17-yard pass, handled 17 carries for 39 yards and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Sonny Jurgensen to give the Redskins a three-point lead over the the Falcons in the fourth quarter on Oct. 15, 1967.
But Mitchell didn’t kick. Washington missed the extra point after his scoring catch, and the Falcons tied the contest at 20 on a 31-yard field goal from Wade Traynham. Mitchell finished the day with 114 yards receiving but had to accept a 20-20 tie in the second ever meeting between Atlanta and Washington.
The Redskins are 15-7-1 all-time against the Falcons.
The only postseason meeting between the teams ended in a deluge of derriére padding.
In the infamous “seat cushion game,” Washington beat Atlanta, 24-7, and Ricky Ervins rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown, but as Richard Justice wrote in his 1992 game story for the Washington Post, the Redskins defense was the star of the show.
The Redskins won because they forced those six turnovers. Middle linebacker Kurt Gouveia subbed for Matt Millen against the “Red Gun” offense and intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. End Charles Mann forced a fumble. Defensive backs Martin Mayhew and Danny Copeland and linebacker Monte Coleman also had interceptions, and end Fred Stokes had two of the four sacks of Chris Miller, who threw four interceptions.
The Redskins would go on to win their third Super Bowl.
More recently, the Falcons gave us our first look at Kirk Cousins in regular-season action. In a 24-17 loss to the Falcons at home last year, Cousins relieved Robert Griffin III near the end of the third quarter after the starting quarterback was shaken up on a big hit from Sean Weatherspoon.
Cousins went 5-of-9 for 111 yards and threw a touchdown and two interceptions. The big throw was a beauty, though, a 77-yard completion to Santana Moss, who had leaked behind the Falcons defense and caught a pass in stride to score. Alfred Morris rushed for 115 yards, and Ryan Kerrigan scored the second touchdown of his career, capping off a 28-yard interception return with a Landover leap into the stands at FedExField.
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