Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Video and Analysis
The Washington Redskins welcome the Atlanta Falcons to DC in one of the most exciting matchups for Week 5. Both teams are showcasing impressive talent and will need to limit mistakes in order to come away with a win. At 4-0, the Falcons will look to stay perfect, but Matt Ryan will have his hands full as the Redskins look to build off a last minute win over Tampa Bay.
The Atlanta Falcons are maybe the most well-rounded team outside of the Houston Texans. With a dependable run game, a blossoming quarterback and two legitimate number one receivers, the Falcons offense is sure to have its way with the Redskins defense. The Falcons also carry an impressive defense that is third in the league for interceptions (seven).
On the other side of the field will be the Redskins, led by one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL. Robert Griffin III has revitalized the Burgundy and Gold, creating the league's third best offense by averaging over 30 points and 420 yards per game. Even without Brent Grimes, the Falcons defense will features an impressive secondary (Robinson, Samuel and DeCoud) that will look to force turnovers.
This game is relatively injury-free for the Falcons as they head into Sunday with only tight end Michael Palmer declared "OUT". All eyes will be on Julio Jones, who has been battling a hand injury that is said to have been responsible for his recent drop in production.
For the Redskins, Cedric Griffin and Brandon Meriweather are out, creating holes in already depleted secondary. Fans needs to keep an eye on Pierre Garcon and Trent Williams, who have both been battling through injuries in order to stay on the field. Both players will be key components if the Redskins hope to come away with a win.
We will be following all the pregame action starting at noon, all the way through the final whistle. Stay tuned for what is sure to be an offensive show-down.
Mike Shanahan reporting that RG3 has a mild concussion
Redskins played well but the Falcons did what they were supposed to do in the second half
Redskins defense played well for three and a half quarters but couldn't hold off the Falcons for the full 60 minutes
RG3's injury could really determine the future of the Redskins season
There is no quarterback controversy in Washington, if RG3 is healthy he plays end of discussion
Matt Ryan played well but is more human than he showed in the first four games
Falcons secondary is one of the more underrated units in football
Julio Jones is a beast
Cousins is a useful backup but still has plenty of growth left in him
Alfred Morris continues to carry the load in spectacular function
Billy Cundiff needs to be cut, TODAY
Redskins pass rush needs to improve or there will be more games like this
Falcons 24 - Redskins - 17
Falcons move to 5-0
Redskins falls to 2-3 (8 straight home losses)
1:11 in the 4th quarter
Kirk Cousins is picked off by the Falcons on an overthrow. Falcons will run out the clock
1:21 in the 4th quarter
The Redskins are able to force a 3 and out and will have one last chance to tie this up
1:53 in the 4th quarter
Cousins is picked off by Asante Samuel. This game is likely over
2:00 Minute Warning in the 4th quarter
Cousins with a couple nice passes bring them to midfield. Redskins looking to send this into overtime
Falcons - 24 - Redskins - 17
2:48 in the 4th quarter
Michael Turner trots into the endzone easily. The Falcons drive 70 yards with little struggle
Kick is Good
Falcons - 24 - Redskins 17
3:29 in the 4th quarter
The Falcons are moving the ball at will right now. Redskins need to hope for a field goal here.
5:49 in the 4th quarter
The Redskins are unable to put together enough and have to punt the ball back. The Falcons will be looking to burn clock and win the game on this drive if they can
7:34 in the 4th quarter
The Redskins defense needs to be proud of the way they finished that last drive. Holding the Falcons to a field goal was big. Now they need to drive down, and eat plenty of clock because the Falcons can strike with very little time.
7:42 in the 4th quarter
Matt Bryant nails a 53 yard field to tie the game up
Falcons - 17 - Redskins - 17
8:30 in the 4th quarter
Sack for the Redskins, Barry Cofield gets the first one of the game
That missed field goal by Cundiff is starting to feel like it may be the difference in the game
10:34 in the 4th quarter
Madieu Williams makes a big play but Matt Ryan comes back with a big completion to Harry Douglas for the first down. This is a big possession for the Falcons.
12:24 Santana Moss with a 77 yard touchdown run and catch. Touchdown Redskins!
Kick is Good
Redskins 17 - Falcons - 14
FYI for the draft day haters, thats why you draft Cousins in the 4th. He was a huge value.
13:23 Matt Ryan threads a beautiful ball to Julio Jones for a touchdown Falcons
Kick is Good
Falcons - 14 - Redskins - 10
End of the Third Quarter
The Falcons are driving, RG3 is out. It is not feeling good for the burgundy and gold right now. Hopefully RG3 returns quickly.
Redskins - 10 - Falcons - 7
2:15 in the 3rd quarter
Kirk Cousins is in the game and completes his first career pass to Josh Morgan.
3:23 in the 3rd quarter
Redskins doing their best to hold the Falcons from big plays. Griffin goes into the locker room. First Cousins sighting likely to come soon. Also Golston down on the field. Too many injuries right now.
5:56 in the third quarter
Redskins Field Goal kick is good
Redskins - 10 - Falcons - 7
Note: Kirk Cousins seen warming up on the sideline
6:50 in the 3rd quarter
The Redskins are inside the five yard line but it's third down. They need to punch this in right now. RG3 takes an unnecessary hit. Hopefully he's ok because he is the only chance for the Redskins to win today.
9:21 in the 3rd
Big ruling for the Redskins there, keeps the drive intact.
9:14 in the 3rd quarter
Pierre Garcon fumble is gonna be close. Looks like it should be down by contact but don't think there is enough evidence to overturn.
10:06 in the 3rd quarter
Big hit by Perry Riley to stop Tony Gonzalez and force a three and out. That's exactly what the Redskins need right now. They need to find a way to capitalize here.
11:45 in the 3rd quarter
Terrible run blocking by the Redskins. Great penetration by Sean Wetherspoon to get in and stop Morris. Unacceptable for the Redskins to not pick up a short third down.
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