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Once again, Mike Smith's Falcons jumped out to an early lead and put a team on the ropes, and once again Atlanta's opponent quickly got itself back into the game.
At least they're consistent in that aspect. Sarcasm aside, give Smith credit for finding a way to motivate his 3-10 team in a game at home against an equally underwhelming 3-10 Washington team.
Also, kudos to Smith and his staff for being practical and giving some of their younger players like Harland Gunn an extended look. Smith and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff need to see what they have in these young guys now, because they can't afford to overlook any deficiencies this offseason if they want this team to contend in 2014.
I really like Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's decision to go for two at the end of this game under the circumstances, and I'd like to think that Mike Smith would've made the same call given his decision to go for a touchdown from the Washington 1-yard line when his team was down by three in the third quarter.