The Washington Redskins were in a charitable mood. The Falcons were more than happy to accept the seven turnovers and crafted them into a thrilling 27-26 victory Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons improved to 4-10, while the Redskins dropped to 3-11. The Redskins scored with 22 seconds remaining, but a Kirk Cousins pass intended for Pierre Garcon for the two-point conversion was broken up by Falcons rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant. Jason Snelling recovered the onside kicks in a mad scramble to secure the win after Patrick DiMarco bobbled the kick. The Redskins tied a team record for fumbles loss in a game with five, originally set against the HoustonOilers on Oct. 30, 1988. Toss in two interceptions by quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was starting for the benched Robert Griffin III, and the Falcons were in business. After getting stopped on a fourth-and-goal in the third quarter, Falcons safety William Moore’s intercepted Cousins to set up go-ahead score. Falcons running back Steven Jackson scored his second touchdown, a 2-yard run, to put the Falcons ahead in the third quarter, 24-20. An interception by Desmond Trufant with 5:38 – the Redskins’ seventh turnover – helped to wrap up the victory. Matt Bryant added a 51-yard field. The Redskins mounted a last-ditch drive Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, with a 12-yard catch in the third quarter, became just the fifth player in league history to amass over 15,000 yards receiving. He joined Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Isaac Bruce. The Falcons fizzled after a fast start in the first half and trailed 20-17 at halftime. The Falcons, with three rookies starting in the secondary, were shredded by Cousins for 248 yards and two touchdowns and the offense couldn’t take full benefit of four Washington turnovers.
Falcons turn Washington turnovers into 27-26 victory
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Dec 16