10.08.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins
The Washington Redskins put forth a solid effort against one of the best teams in the NFL in the Atlanta Falcons yesterday at FedExField, but in the end they fell just short, as the Redskins lost 24-17 in their second home game of the season.
The Falcons (5-0) came into the game with the third-best scoring offense in the league, led by MVP candidate and quarterback Matt Ryan and his trio of talented receivers in Roddy White, Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez.
But the Redskins’ defense was able to keep up with that potent Falcons offense for most of the game, and Washington took a 10-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. But that was when Atlanta got hot and outscored the Redskins 17-7 the rest of the way to steal the victory from Washington (2-3).
The top play of the day came from Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who has been the team’s best pass rusher so far this season. Around the 10-minute mark in the second quarter of a scoreless game, Matt Ryan dropped back to pass a short screen route to the receiver to his right.
["Screen route” or “screen pass”: A short, forward pass in which the receiver is supposed to be protected by a screen of blockers.]
Unbeknownst to Ryan, Kerrigan had quickly found himself right in the way of the short pass and batted it down with both hands before juggling the ball for a second and rumbling 29 yards into the end zone for the first score of the game for either team.
The play was Kerrigan’s second career interception and touchdown, as he made a very similar play against Eli Manning and the New York Giants last season in Kerrigan’s first-ever game in the NFL.
Wins in the NFL are extremely hard to come by, especially against the best teams in the league.
The Redskins learned Sunday that they could keep up with the best of the best. Now they just need to learn from the loss and improve from it, as one of the more surprising teams in the NFL this season – the 4-1 Minnesota Vikings – come to FedExField this Sunday. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m.
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