Well well, the Redskins scored two touchdowns. Who knew Todd Yoder could get his feet down in the corner of the end zone? Instead of being routed, they fought back and scored 17 points. Atlanta lost a challenge of the Yoder catch, so they were down to 2 timeouts. More importantly, they clearly had lost momentum. This game was suddenly fun to watch.
The Falcons started their second drive of the half on their 27. They had run only 3 plays in the 3rd quarter. That LaRon Landry stop of Steckel in the 3rd quarter was looming large, real large. They gained 8 on a pass, and then took advantage of poor tackling on a 7-yard run by Turner. More bad tackling and Turner took it 58 yards to the house. LaRon Landry’s tackling effort was despicable. DeAngelo Hall wiffed too. Who knew that would happen? Atlanta 31 – Washington 17.
11:33 to go in the game – the Skins had the ball on their 20. I figured they would try a quick strike to Moss or Thomas. Campbell was dropped after gaining a yard. Stephon Heyer’s knee was bothering him, Mike Williams went down, and Campbell’s ankle was re-injured. Todd Collins came back in on 2nd and 9. DeAnthony Batiste replaced Williams. Betts gained 4; Marko Mitchell caught an 11-yard pass at the 35. Betts then took the ball to the 44. Cartwright was stopped on 2nd and 1, and then a false start penalty on Batiste made it 3rd and 6. No problem – Randle El caught an 8-yard slant pass. SWEET.
On first and 10 from the 47 Collins hit Moss, but Moss juggled and dropped it. The fans were chanting ‘defense’. So what? Betts ran 9 yards for a 3rd and 1. He was denied the first down when he stumbled as he took the hand-off. So, on 4th and 1 at the Atlanta 44 with 6:31 to go the Skins … called a timeout. Both teams now had 2 timeouts left. Collins faked the hand-off, bootlegged, and threw to Sellers. Sellers caught it, but he was tackled for a loss.
The Falcons naturally went to the run. Michael Turner was already over 150 yards – YUK. Reed Doughty promptly limped off. Two Turner runs gave Atlanta a 3rd and 1 on the Redskins’ 46 which they almost converted. A 10-yard hold took care of that, making it 3rd and 11 with 4:17 to go. A shuffle pass went nowhere – the Falcons punted. Then, they burned their 2nd timeout.
With 3:15 to go the Redskins got the ball on their 9. Campbell came in and hit Moss for a 26-yard gain. Moss got out of bounds. Campbell then hit Moss for a 7-yard strike, which was followed by an incomplete pass. With 2:41 to go, Campbell ran out-of-bounds for a half-yard gain. The Skins failed to convert a 4th and 2 when Campbell missed a wide open Malcolm Kelly. Campbell was scrambling when he threw the pass, which bounced short.
The Falcons took over with 2:27 to go. At 2:11 the Redskins burned their final timeout. Atlanta barely converted a 3rd and 1 as the clock wound down to 2:00. With no timeouts, the Skins had to watch Matt Ryan take a knee 3 times to officially end the game.
You have to be proud of the way the Redskins played in the second half. They fought injuries and scrapped their way back into a game they appeared to have lost. The first half was another matter entirely. Washington is 2 – 6; Atlanta is 5 – 3.