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Redskins Inches From Improbable Victory

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 16, 2013 – 10:07 am


(AP Image)

(AP Image)

The Washington Redskins were a fingertip away from mounting a comeback led by sophomore quarterback Kirk Cousins making his first start of the season.

Instead, the Redskins left the Georgia Dome on Sunday with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

After Cousins led the troops on a clock eating 13-play drive for 80 yards, he found 13-year veteran Santana Moss on a quick out route in the front of the end zone to pull the Redskins within one.

With playoff implications a non-factor, head coach Mike Shanahan elected to go for two and the victory.

Cousins dropped back, shimmied to his right and tried to hit wide receiver Pierre Garcon in the corner of the end zone. But the Falcons got a hand out the ball; changing the trajectory of the pass just enough that it flew inches over his head. Kirk Cousins

After nearly recovering an onside kick attempt, the Redskins watched as Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took a knee to end the game.

In his postgame press conference, Cousins took blame for the failed conversion and admitted that he’ll need more exposure in that area going forward.

“My initial reaction is that I had both Josh Morgan open on the off-schedule play and if I had set my feet I may have been able to drill it into Pierre,” Cousins said. “So that’s a play where I clearly didn’t have a good enough feel for and I need to go back and get better at it and I would like to think that I had a chance there.”

Cousins finished the day with career highs in yards (381) and touchdowns (three), but also committed three turnovers.

As a team, the Redskins had seven turnovers (five fumbles, two interceptions).

Running back Alfred Morris nearly crossed the century mark (98 yards) for the first time since Week 10, but also uncharacteristically coughed up the football twice. Both came on drives that were in Falcons territory.

Garcon continued his impressive campaign, catching seven passes for 129 yards and his first touchdown since Week 10. He now has the second longest streak of at least five receptions to start a season (14).

Defensively, linebacker Brian Orakpo led the way once again with 1.5 sacks and eight tackles. The two-time Pro Bowler now has double digit sack totals (10.0) for the second time in his career.

The Redskins return to FedExField for one final home game on Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys (8-6). Despite being 3-11 on the season, the game serves a multitude of purposes and, hopefully, consequences. First, the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is one of the best in the National Football League. Second, the Redskins are hoping to extract revenge from a bitter defeat in the Lone Star State early this season.

Most important, however, is the opportunity to sink Dallas’ playoff hopes.

Losing two-straight games, the Redskins have the chance to capitalize on their woes and severely hinder any shot that Jerry’s Boys see what January football is.

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2 Responses to “Redskins Inches From Improbable Victory”

  1. By Felix Quiros on Dec 16, 2013 | Reply

    If we couldn’t beat the weak Falcons, we won’t win against an average Dallas team despite all the rivalry between these teams. I expect another blowout.

  2. By Bonnie Smollett on Dec 17, 2013 | Reply

    I am somewhat disappointed this year regarding RGIII. I think RGIII was fantastic last year and was hoping for a miraculous recovery for him to repeat last year. That unfortunately did not happen. What I would like to say to RGIII is:

    Grow UP!!!! I love you but I think you are too full of yourself this year. How dare you disrespect your coach. You are a young man and this coach has been in the field of coaching longer then you have been alive. Now, in the real world there are some things that we don’t agree with in the work field, but my boss is just that, MY BOSS. I think that just looking at the players these past 14 games, the reason you are getting beat up is because your team doesn’t respect you. You show no leadership from showing your bottom and it trickles down hill. I would love for you to stay with Washington, because I think you have real talent, but I don’t want to see on OUR TEAM a QB that thinks he is all that. There is no “I” in team.

    I think Daniel Snyder needs to take a close look at his relationship with RGIII as well. What does that show the team if you side with a one season wonder and then his performance is horrible the next season. There are team members that are busting their butts but have been lack luster after the 3rd game. I wish someone could sit this team down and bring them back to reality. We, the Washington Redskin fans were on cloud 9 last year, and were hoping for the ecstatic feeling again this year. Instead our team fell apart and they are no longer a team. How very sad for all of us.

    I think Cousins did a wonderful job against Atlanta and I wish him much success. If RGIII does decide to leave well then I will back up Cousins as our starting QB.

    This is all I have to say. I have been a fan for over 57 years and I just can’t figure how a team won the division last year with all our weapons of players to fall apart this season. It just has to be something within the team that is not working. Take a long hard look Mr. Snyder. It might not be the coach.


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