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Falcons vs. Redskins: Atlanta offensive line shines in victory

Atlanta played well up front during its Week 5 win over Washington.

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The Atlanta Falcons improved to 5-0 for the first time in team history with their win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. There were several positive takeaways from the historic win, and one of them was the play of the offensive line. SB Nation's The Falcoholic was pleased with how the OL protected quarterback Matt Ryan:

Give kudos to the offensive line. A week after a disastrous game against the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons kept Ryan's jersey clean and allowed only an early sack and the pressure that led to Ryan's panicky interception. When they're on, they're a pretty spectacular unit.

The Falcons trailed 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter, but they scored 17 points over the final 15 minutes, including a touchdown pass from Ryan to wide receiver Julio Jones. That was enough to rally for the win against a Redskins team that lost quarterback Robert Griffin III to a concussion.

Ryan finished the day 34-of-52 for 345 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. The Falcons offense racked up a total of 421 yards, and Michael Turner led the team in rushing with 67 yards on 18 carries.

The Falcons will look to stay undefeated when they host the Oakland Raiders in Week 6.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.