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Redskins lose Griffin, lose the game to the Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons are 5-0, but it wasn’t easy.

On a rainy autumn day in Washington, the Redskins led for much of the game and appeared poised to be the first team to knock the Falcons off. But Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Julio Jones, and Falcons kicker Matt Bryant nailed a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, as Atlanta escaped undefeated.

As alarming as losing the game for the Redskins was losing quarterback Robert Griffin III, who took a hard hit and left the game in the third quarter. The Redskins didn’t offer any details about the nature of Griffin’s injury other than that he was “shaken up,” but Griffin took the kind of hard hit to the head that often causes a concussion.

Griffin’s backup Kirk Cousins threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, but he also threw two interceptions late in the fourth quarter, sealing the loss for Washington.

The Falcons got a big game from tight end Tony Gonzalez, and Ryan completed 34 of 52 passes for 345 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. This wasn’t always a pretty game for the Falcons, but for the first time in franchise history, they’re 5-0.

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24 Responses to “Redskins lose Griffin, lose the game to the Falcons”
  1. jmsincla says: Oct 7, 2012 4:07 PM

    Cue Peytonsneck and his mongoloid ways.

    Will those who called for an RG3/Cousins qb controversy be canned? Doubtful, although it’s laughable the difference between the 2.

  2. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 7, 2012 4:07 PM

    It’s disheartening to play in a league where either referees are biased or players resort to dirty tactics. It’s almost criminal thes hits RGIII has had to endure since he stepped into this league. Unforgiveable by the NFL to not protect a star like Griffin. Redskins should be 5-0. Darn shame.

  3. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Oct 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    At least there won’t a QB controversy if RG3 is healthy. Cousins was Grossmanesque.

  4. jacobslatter says: Oct 7, 2012 4:10 PM

    Matty Ice > RGIII

  5. randygnyc says: Oct 7, 2012 4:13 PM

    RG3=areyouserious. Michael Vick 2

  6. b1unt3d says: Oct 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    “The road to the Superdome will be going through the Georgia Dome.”

  7. jacobslatter says: Oct 7, 2012 4:14 PM

    :mrgreen:

  8. skinsfan91 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:15 PM

    We had’em. But like the headline says, we lose Griffin and we lose the game.

  9. roxxalott says: Oct 7, 2012 4:15 PM

    RGIII will be beack next week. But he does havce to learn to avoid those hits, tho

  10. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 7, 2012 4:19 PM

    If Griffin keeps taking hits he’s gonna start playing scared in the pocket.
    Next thing you know, he’ll be aimlessly running around in circles without even trying to read the field. Like Vick.

    I hope not. It’d be a waste of talent…

  11. bcfalcon says: Oct 7, 2012 4:22 PM

    The redskins D put up a huge fight and Alfred Morris is a beast, but the falcons pulled it out. Go Falcons!

  12. wethog66 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:23 PM

    Kind of early to write of Cousins as anything close to RG3 and out (Grossman).

    Backup QB’s get few reps during the week. Add to it Cousins is a rookie, and the gameplan was designed for Griffing, means Cousins had his work cut out for him.

    If Griffin, God forbid, can’t go next week, and Cousins gets a full week of practice reps, next weeks game will provide and accurate view to where Cousins stands as an NFL QB. But to suggest Cousins is automatically a bust is extremely short sighted and silly.

  13. kingcarlbanks says: Oct 7, 2012 4:25 PM

    Rg3 will be drooling in his soup by his 3rd year if that boy doesn’t learn when to give up on bad plays..

  14. jason1980 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    Road to the Superbowl going through the Georgia Dome?haha…….that means one game in the Georgia Dome. Nobody can get bitch slapped like the Falcons in the playoffs on the big stage. This should be interesting. How I love seeing those broken, dejected Falcons faces during playoff games. Priceless!

  15. deepcover757 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:35 PM

    @logicalthinker it’s a damn shame RG3′s dumb ass won’t run out of bounds or slide stop making excuses for the rookie hopefully he’ll learn from this if he can remember it

  16. packhawk04 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    Is it the playoffs yet? Must not be, we can still say matty ice.

  17. nyg4life says: Oct 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    That was not a dirty hit,and RGIII isn’t a star lol

  18. jmsincla says: Oct 7, 2012 4:55 PM

    Well ATL, hope you can score more than 2 in the postseason this year.

  19. b1unt3d says: Oct 7, 2012 4:58 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    We had’em. But like the headline says, we lose Griffin and we lose the game.

    You had them? Really? You lost the game because Griffin got hurt? Really? I guess you must not have noticed that RGIII had only 91 passing yards, 7 rushing yards and no touchdowns. If you think you lost the game because RGIII got hurt then you are absolutely delusional. Newsflash, you had 1 huge TD play off the hands of Cousins, and one off the hands of Ryan. Other than the 77 yard TD pass by Cousins your offense put up 3 points all game.

  20. b1unt3d says: Oct 7, 2012 5:05 PM

    jason1980 says:
    Road to the Superbowl going through the Georgia Dome?haha…….that means one game in the Georgia Dome. Nobody can get bitch slapped like the Falcons in the playoffs on the big stage. This should be interesting. How I love seeing those broken, dejected Falcons faces during playoff games. Priceless!

    The Falcons were definitely bitch slapped last year.. but if you knew what you were talking about you would know that the Falcons have lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champions twice, and the eventual Super Bowl losers once. You realize that means that EVERYONE in the NFC lost to those teams in the playoffs, right? My point is, just because the Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs, that doesn’t mean that they won’t eventually have success. I would love to see your “broken, dejected face” when that happens, but I can’t.. because you are a nobody.

    Quick question.. who is your favourite team?

  21. jmsincla says: Oct 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    Matt Ryan is already making vacation plans for the NFC Championship Game weekend.

  22. nolaisadump says: Oct 7, 2012 5:46 PM

    Falcons have been improving every year. This year they win it all.

  23. skinsfan91 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:19 PM

    b1unt3d says:
    You had them? Really? You lost the game because Griffin got hurt? Really? I guess you must not have noticed that RGIII had only 91 passing yards, 7 rushing yards and no touchdowns. If you think you lost the game because RGIII got hurt then you are absolutely delusional. Newsflash, you had 1 huge TD play off the hands of Cousins, and one off the hands of Ryan. Other than the 77 yard TD pass by Cousins your offense put up 3 points all game.
    ___________________________________If it weren’t for our kicker it would have been six points we put up. And then you factor in our running back, we were moving the ball up and down on them. Griffin doesn’t throw picks. We would’ve have kept playing defense and then our offense would’ve paid off with a TD eventually. Yup. Cousins threw twice the picks in a few mins. than Griffin threw all year.

  24. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 7, 2012 11:05 PM

    Man, some of you guys are crazy. Cousins looked surprisingly good considering it was his first game EVER and he was running an offense designed for RG3. There’s no controversy and there never was, RG3 is clearly the best QB on the roster, but I think Cousins can become pretty good in his own right, ala Matt Schaub.

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