Falcons Slip Past Redskins 24-17

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The 5-0 Atlanta Falcons escape FedEx Field with a close win over the Washington Redskins.

Many though the Redskins-Falcons match up this week was going to be a high octane shootout featuring a pair of the NFL's top offenses. This was not the case as both teams went to halftime tied at seven, with the Redskins sole touchdown being an interception by Ryan Kerrigan. The first half was also capped off by a missed 31 yard field goal by Billy Cundiff, who has most likely played his last game as a Redskin.

Cundiff managed to rebound with a 23 yard field goal in the third quarter but the Redskins suffered their biggest loss on that drive. Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon landed a head shot on quarterback Robert Griffin III in the Redskins scoring drive as RG3 slid on a third down play. Griffin would not return and the Redskins called upon their other rookie Kirk Cousins. Mike Shanahan announced after the game that Griffin III suffered a mild concussion.

Cousins was able to give the Redskins with 77 yard bomb and touchdown to veteran Santana Moss. But in the end it was Cousins two late interceptions that would doom the Redskins for a 24-17 loss.

The Redskins high points of this game has to be the continued stellar play of rookie running back Alfred Morris, who once again eclipsed 100 yards registering 135 total yards in the game. The other high point had to be the Redskins defense who were able to contain the high flying Falcons for most of the game. Matt Ryan did pass for 345 yards, but the Redskins defense did keep them in the game throughout.

The Redskins now welcome a resurgent Vikings team to FedEx next week in hopes to avoid a ninth straight loss at home.

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