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Falcons vs. Redskins: Atlanta wins 24-17, improves to 5-0 for first time in team history

The Falcons came back from a slow start, but held on for to beat the Redskins and stay perfect on the season. Robert Griffin III left the game with a mild concussion in the third quarter.

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Ryan wants to see Falcons improve

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is satisfied with Atlanta's 5-0 record, but doesn't believe the Falcons have played to their potential.


OL helps lead Falcons to victory over Redskins

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Matt Ryan: Offense 'didn't flinch'

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan credited his offense for "not flinching" during the second half of Atlanta's Week 5 victory over the Washington Redskins.


Mike Smith touts Falcons' offensive adjustments

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Falcons stay healthy against 'Skins

Atlanta escaped bad weather with no major hits to their roster.


Falcons' battery good but not great - yet

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Atlanta fights a battle of attrition for fifth win

The Falcons did not play a very pretty brand of football on Sunday, but they played winning football and escaped Washington with a road victory.


Falcons Vs. Redskins: Atlanta stays unbeaten

The Atlanta Falcons picked up their fifth straight win with a 24-17 victory on the road over the Washington Redskins. Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III left the game in the third quarter with what has been announced as a mild concusion.


Kirk Cousins launches TD to give Skins late lead

UPDATE: Falcons tie the game at 17 points apiece after Matt Bryant makes a 53-yard field goal

Just as the Redskins appeared poised to score on third-and-goal from the three-yard line, fate - or rather, Sean Weatherspoon - intervened a laid a nasty, but legal, hit on Robert Griffin III to force a field goal attempt.

Billy Cundiff would make this attempt from 23 yards out, giving the Redskins a 10-7 lead late in the third quarter.

The bad news for Redskins fans came when Griffin went into the team locker room with an apparent head injury suffered on said Weatherspoon tackle. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins came into the game on the ensuing drive, and Washington's offense went three and out.

After taking over just inside midfield, the Falcons offense churned out a lightning-quick six play, 47 yard scoring drive that culminated in an 18-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones in the corner of the end zone.

But disaster struck on the following drive for Atlanta as Kirk Cousins hit Santana Moss on a 77-yard touchdown pass. The Falcons secondary missed an apparent coverage assignment, and Moss rumbled all the way into the end zone completely untouched.

Washington now possesses a 17-14 advantage with just over 12 minutes left in this ball game.

Stay tuned for the conclusion to this exciting matchup.


Robert Griffin leaves game with head injury

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was sent to the locker room in the third quarter of his team's week five matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Griffin was seen visibly shaken up on the sideline after Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon laid a big hit on the rookie quarterback as he attempted to scramble toward the end zone on third-and-goal.

There is no official word on the nature of the injury, but all signs point to it being related to either the head or neck. Griffin was seen having his eyesight checked out by team trainers, evidence that he might have been displaying concussion-like symptoms after the legal blow. His return to the game is being called "questionable."

Assuming Griffin does not return to this game, fellow rookie quarterback and Michigan State alum Kirk Cousins would be the primary backup quarterback option.

With this injury, the Falcons' chances of escaping Washington with a win naturally increase. They currently trail the Redskins 7-10 late in the third quarter of this football game.


Last-minute Matt Ryan TD pass ties game 7-7

It was a rough first half for the Falcons offense as the Redskins forced three Atlanta punts and two turnovers.

Early in the second quarter, Redskins defensive end Ryan Kerrigan made an incredibly instinctive leap to pick off a Matt Ryan screen pass, which he returned for a touchdown to give Washington a 7-0 advantage.

Later Ryan would fumble a snap with the team inside the Washington 30-yard line, which the Redskins would also recover. The Falcons turnover ratio, which has been so impressive this season, suddenly looked very ugly.

But the turning point in this half would come when kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 31-yard field goal, giving the ball to the Atlanta just before the two-minute warning.

And the Falcons offense delivered.

Ryan was able to march his team down the field on a brilliant ten play, 79 yard two-minute drill. He capped off the drive with a one yard play-action TD pass to Tony Gonzalez, tying the game at seven points apiece with just thirty seconds left in the half.

Gonzalez has been a force, compiling nine receptions for 86 yards and a score in this first half alone. Julio Jones also contributed with eight catches for 47 yards, including three on the final drive of the half.

The defense has also been generally impressive. Rookie "sensation" Robert Griffin III has had a very quiet first half, completing six of his ten passes for 52 yards and zero yards on the ground. Mike Nolan has done an excellent job containing the rookie thus far.

The only sore spot has come, once again, in containing the ground game. Running back Alfred Morris has run rampant, tallying 86 yards on ten carries thus far.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for second-half updates.


Falcons, Redskins stuck in scoreless deadlock

In a matchup featuring two high-powered offenses, this game has been dominated by a lack of scoring thus far. Through one quarter, both teams remain locked in a scoreless tie.

Matt Ryan has looked shaky early, completing five of his ten pass attempts for just 36 yards. He had an open Julio Jones deep down the sideline on the game's opening drive, but Jones couldn't quite get a handle on the pass.

The only thing going for the Redskins offense so far has been Alfred Morris, who has broken a couple of tackles on his way to 41 yards on four carries. As for Robert Griffin III, he has been just as unimpressive as Ryan, completing just one of his three passes for ten yards.

The only bright spots for Atlanta have been its pass defense and special teams. Holding Griffin to ten pass yards and zero rush yards through the first fifteen minutes of play. Matt Bosher contributed on special teams with a booming 62-yard punt, a career best for the punter.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for more game time updates.


Lousaka Polite, Michael Palmer out for Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins have released their inactives for Sunday's Week 5 contest at FedEX Field. The biggest name on the inactives list for the Redskins is safety Cedric Griffin, who is expected to miss his second straight game due to a hamstring injury.

The official ruling on Griffin makes the Redskins very thin in the secondary, as another safety, Brandon Meriweather, is also on the inactive list. This may not bode well for a defense that's going against a hot quarterback in Matt Ryan.

Other players on Washington's inactive list are: quarterback Rex Grossman, guard Adam Gettis, guard Josh LeRibeus, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and linebacker Markus White.

Meanwhile, the Falcons got some good injury news. Center Todd McClure and safety William Moore are both active after being listed as questionable on Friday. However, fullback Lousaka Polite and tight end Michael Palmer will not play.

Other Falcons players listed as inactive are: quarterback Dominique Davis, cornerback Terrence Johnson, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi and defensive end Cliff Matthews


Falcons-Redskins TV, radio info for Week 5

The Atlanta Falcons have a shot at opening the season 5-0, but they'll have to contend with an offense much like the one that gained nearly 200 yards on the ground against them in Week 4.


Falcons hope for better run defense vs. Redskins

The Atlanta Falcons gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. They hope that experience pays off in Week 5 against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.


Finding fault in Ryan being sacked 7 times

Matt Ryan was sacked seven times in Atlanta's Week 4 win. All of that doesn't rest with the offensive line, according to head coach Mike Smith.


Redskins injury report: Brandon Meriweather out

The Redskins updated their injury report on Friday.


Falcons injury report: Julio Jones probable

The Falcons have released the Week 5 statuses of their injured players.


Atlanta favored by a field goal against Redskins

The Atlanta Falcons opened as 3-point favorites for their road game Sunday against the Washington Redskins and have hung mostly around that line, according to the latest lines at Odds Shark.

The only listing not at Falcons 3-under is currently 5 Dimes, which has the Falcons favored by 2.5. Bovada, Top Bet and all have Atlanta favored by a field goal. The opening moneyline had Atlanta at -150 and Washington at +136, and the over/under is set between 151 and 152 between the four sites.

Some might see the line as low for an undefeated team like Atlanta, but the Falcons will be seeing Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III for the first time. The Redskins have the league's No. 2 rushing offense, which might be just the formula to beat Atlanta and their 27th-ranked rushing defense. However, the Redskins' pass defense is one of the worst in the league at No. 30 and will have to tangle with Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.

Sunday's game from FedEx Field is set for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised by FOX.


Falcons WR Roddy White makes defenses pay

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is thriving along with the emergence of Julio Jones.


Robinson practices after knocked unconscious

Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson was able to practice fully Thursday after being knocked unconscious in pregame warmups Sunday.


Nicholas, Owens return to full practice Thursday

Starting outside linebacker Stephen Nicholas and cornerback Chris Owens were full participants in practice Thursday after being limited on Wendesday.


Ryan named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.


Falcons screen game is tops in the NFL

The Falcons have used their screen game very well this season, with Matt Ryan completing all 14 attempts with three touchdowns.


Falcons have competition at cornerback

The Atlanta Falcons have a competition developing at nickel corner. Chris Owens was the starter, but Robert McClain has impressed in Owens' concussion-induced absence.


4 Atlanta starters limited in Wednesday's practice

The Falcons had four starters who were limited during Wednesday's practice. They were center Todd McClure, linebackers Stephen Nicholas, tackle Jonathan Babineaux and fullback Lousaka Polite.


Julio Jones' hand still not 100 percent

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is still not 100 percent after injuring his hand in Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers.


The Falcons are road favorites versus the Redskins

Atlanta is favored by three points in a battle of two talented offenses.

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