Redskins vs. Falcons. Things were going well for the Washington Redskins in their contest with the Atlanta Falcons through almost three quarters. They were leading the game 20-17. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had played even better than most might have expected, and it seemed they had the momentum heading towards the fourth quarter. But that’s when things took a turn.
The Falcons had mounted a 57 yard drive to the Redskins one yard line, but the Redskins forced a fourth down. With seemingly nothing to lose, Falcons head coach Mike Smith decided to go for it. But running back Steven Jackson was stopped for a loss on an outstanding tackle by inside linebacker Perry Riley.
It was a huge reversal, as the Redskins had instantly gone from almost being down 24-20, to getting the ball and having a chance to mount a long drive of their own. The failure on fourth down could have been the play that proved too much for the struggling Falcons to over come. But after the Falcons gave the Redskins a turnover on downs, the Redskins gave them a turnover right back.
After stopping the Falcons on fourth down, the Redskins took over the ball at the one yard line. On first down, Kirk Cousin dropped back into his own end zone and got some pressure from the Falcons line. He threw the ball over the middle to Aldrick Robinson, but the pass was a little behind him, and was intercepted by the Falcons William Moore, and returned to the Redskins two yard line.
This was the turning point in the game. The Falcons then took the lead 24-20 on a 2 yard touchdown run by Steven Jackson, and they never relinquished it. But the fact is, Kirk Cousins was the main reason the Redskins were in the game. So this interception while a bad throw does nothing to take away from his performance in my mind.
He was making only his second start, and did more than enough to put the Redskins in position to win. However, the interception is where the game turned against the Redskins and in favor of the Falcons, leading to their 27-26 victory.