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Fourth Quarter Conclusions #WASvsATL

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 15, 2013 – 3:35 pm



Washington went for the win with 18 seconds left on the clock, but Desmond Trufant’s fingertips stopped the Redskins on a two-point conversion.

Pierre Garcon flailed in the end zone, extending for a deflected ball too far out of reach, and the Falcons downed the Redskins, 27-26, Sunday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Redskins fell to 3-11. Read more »

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Third Quarter Thoughts #WASvsATL

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 15, 2013 – 2:51 pm



The Redskins entered halftime with a three-point lead after scoring 13 unanswered points and surviving a crazy sequence of turnovers that easily could have derailed the team’s rhythm.

Washington could not have asked for a better performance from Kirk Cousins, who went 13-of-20 for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Cousins completed a 62-yard bomb to Aldrick Robinson and a 53-yard touchdown strike to Pierre Garcon to pad those numbers. Cousins spread the ball around to seven different receivers.

Alfred Morris has returned to form, picking up 75 yards on just 11 carries in the first half.

As impressive as Cousins has been, the Redskins defense has been equally splendid in the second quarter. The unit held Atlanta to a field goal after the Falcons recovered a fumbled punt in the red zone. Brian Orakpo has been a force with four tackles and a sack. Ryan Kerrigan picked up a sack and a forced fumble, and Jose Gumbs nabbed his first career interception, a turnover that led to Kai Forbath’s second field goal of the day.

In one ludicrous sequence, the teams traded possession on three straight plays. But since then, the Redskins have played nearly flawless football. Penalties continue to be a concern.

Second quarter high: Pierre Garcon gets behind Atlanta’s defense, grabs an over-the-shoulder catch and runs into the end zone for a 53-yard touchdown.

Second quarter low: Santana Moss registers his second lost fumble with the Redskins in scoring position

Follow a live blog of the third quarter to see how the Redskins handle the lead in the second half. Read more »

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VIDEO: First Half Highlights #WASvsATL

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 15, 2013 – 2:39 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Here are some highlights from the first half of the Week 15 matchup between the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

The Redskins entered the locker room with a 20-17 lead.

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GIF: Hold On If You Want, Garcon’s Gone

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 15, 2013 – 2:16 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

“Back and forth, up and down, what a roller coaster ride we’re on.”—Fox commentator Sam Rosen.

What happens when you get two 3-10 teams together that have fallen well short of preseason expectations duking it out?

Well a lot of fumbles, apparently.

After a bizarre string of plays that saw four turnovers in a three-minute span, including three on consecutive plays, the Redskins settled down and got the game to within three on a Kirk Cousins to Pierre Garcon 53-yard touchdown connection.

Cousins shimmied to his right, avoided the oncoming rush, befuddled two Atlanta defensive backs who assumed he couldn’t do much with one of the big uglys coming at him and located a wide-open Garcon for a touchdown.

Hold his jersey if you so choose Falcons, Garcon doesn’t care. He’ll take all willing passengers to the end zone.

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GIF: Cousins’ Laser Finds Davis’ Hands

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 15, 2013 – 1:45 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Today’s game is chock full of firsts for several Washington Redskins.

Kirk Cousins, of course, was making his first start of the season.

Without a touchdown pass this season all he needed was just one single opening in the climate controlled Georgia Dome to break free from his zero touchdown campaign.

After Alfred Morris registered the second longest run of his career (37 yards), Cousins rolled out on play action, cocked back and slung a laser to Fred Davis—his first touchdown of the season.

GIF of the beauty below:

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Second Quarter Summary #WASvsATL

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 15, 2013 – 1:41 pm



At the end of the first quarter, the Redskins showed their first signs of life.

Darrel Young threw a perfect block for Alfred Morris, who diligently followed his fullback to bust a 37-yard run. Kirk Cousins followed up the play with beautiful touch on an arcing touchdown pass to Fred Davis, who’s taking advantage of playing time with Jordan Reed out again.

The Falcons suffocated the Redskins at the start, scoring touchdowns on their first two chances and pressuring Kirk Cousins into a turnover on his first drive as a starter.

Kirk Cousins started strong, completing a 9-yard pass on his first throw to convert a third down, but he ended the Redskins’ first drive searching for a ball that had been swatted out of his hands.

The Redskins could not set the tone, allowing Atlanta to make several close plays on the first drive of the game. The Falcons converted three straight third downs. Matt Ryan evaded Brian Orakpo on what could have been a huge sack. Tony Gonzalez beat Reed Doughty by a hair. 

First quarter high: Fred Davis catches a 23-yard touchdown on Kirk Cousins’ third straight completion

First quarter low: Osi Umenyiora swats the ball out of Cousins’ hands to force a turnover on Washington’s first drive.

Follow a running summary of the second quarter in the live blog below. Read more »

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Papa John’s Redskins Touchdown Special

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 15, 2013 – 1:35 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

It’s Redskins Day at Papa John’s.

A day after every Redskins game, fans can order a large cheese pizza for only $9.99, plus for each touchdown the Redskins score, fans get one free topping.

Papa Johns logoAnd with a Redskins victory, fans get double the toppings.

That 23-yard Fred Davis touchdown reception gets you one free topping — hopefully it isn’t the last!

Who’s hungry?

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First Quarter Happenings #WASvsATL

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 15, 2013 – 12:58 pm



And now for something completely different.

We’re all aware of the drama in D.C. resulting from the decision to sit Robert Griffin III and give Kirk Cousins a shot to showcase his value. The man under center has changed, but the goal – of course – remains constant. Dating back to the 2012 NFL draft, the idea of placing Cousins and Griffin III on the same roster was always based on preventing a dip in talent in the event of Robert sitting on the sidelines.

Cousins has proved in the past that he’s an effective insurance policy. In the final three games of the season, he could accelerate the path to realizing his dream of becoming a starting NFL quarterback. Suiting up against the league’s 29th-ranked scoring defense is as good a start as any.

Atlanta is mired in its own problems. The move to replace Michael Turner with Steven Jackson has not worked out. Both teams have had troubles on defense, which could make for an exciting, high-scoring contest.

You’ve heard me say many times the best cure-all in the NFL is a win. If the Redskins can toss the distractions aside, they’re staring at an opportunity against a beatable team.

Follow the live blog of the first quarter below to see how Washington gets out of the gate.  Read more »

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POLL: Who Breaks Out In #WASvsATL

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 15, 2013 – 11:55 am



Will Kirk Cousins take advantage of his opportunity and jump-start Washington’s passing attack?

Will Alfred Morris top the 100-yard mark for the first time in five weeks?

Will DeAngelo Hall provide the big play against the team that drafted him?

Will Chris Baker get in the backfield in his first career start?

Vote below. Read more »

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Tweet #HTTR To Beat The Birds

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 15, 2013 – 11:37 am


We can’t control how the Redskins contain Matt Ryan or get Alfred Morris rolling in Atlanta, but we can show our support to beat the Falcons off the field.

Show your #RedskinsPride and tweet this message to help Washington win the social showdown. Read more »

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