Atlanta wins as Washington’s two-point conversion falls short

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Say this for today’s Washington-Atlanta game: For a game between two of the worst teams in the league, at least it had a fantastic finish.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, taking over the offense after the benching of Robert Griffin III, threw a touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 22 seconds left, bringing the score to 27-26. But instead of kicking the game-tying extra point, Mike Shanahan decided to go for two. Unfortunately for Cousins, his pass was incomplete, and the Falcons hung on to win.

Cousins showed promise as a passer, completing 29 of 45 passes for 381 yards, with three touchdowns. But he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, so his day was far from perfect. Overall Cousins looked fine, but not the kind of player anyone would trade a first-round draft pick for, as Shanahan suggested last week.

The Falcons got two touchdown runs from Steven Jackson and a touchdown catch from Tony Gonzalez in a winning effort. The win improves the Falcons to 4-10 and drops them behind both Houston and Atlanta in the NFL draft order, which is what a game like this really matters for. Neither of these teams is going anywhere, but the team that really benefitted today is St. Louis, which has Washington’s first-round pick, a pick that looks likely to be No. 2 overall.

44 responses to “Atlanta wins as Washington’s two-point conversion falls short

  1. The final score doesn’t matter. If it did, we would have gone for the Extrapoint. All that matters is that the Redskins are DEFINITELY getting a calvalcade of high round picks in exchange for Captain Kirk. More higher picks = More help for Mr. Griffin the 3rd on offense and defense! If RGIII plays today, the Redskins win by 4 TDs. We have such an innovative braintrust in the Front office. You’ll all see how a fresh draft and a FULL salary cap will make the Redskins unstoppable! #HTTR

  2. Redskins win – Shanahan is an idiot for not changing quarterbacks earlier. Redskins lose – Shanahan is an idiot going for 2. Conclusion – Shanahan is an idiot

  3. I can’t understand why Rams fan brag.

    If the Rams yet again remain a bottom dweller with this last pick of the deal, I fail to see the greatness of their strategy when in the end they are still stuck with an mediocre QB.

  4. Most would understand that this is part of the Falcons’ 2014 Pre-Season. They had Worrilow, Bartu, Trufant, Alford, and Motta all starting. All are rookies and only 2 were draft picks.

    …just sayin

  5. Fire shanahan. He lost the game by going for two and giving rams a higher pick. It is clear shanahan doesn’t want to be a redskins.

    That also means the Redskins would get higher picks for the remaining rounds. It would be idiotic to forgo that just to avoid giving the Rams a higher pick in the 1st rd.

  6. a FULL salary cap will make the Redskins unstoppable!
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    except for the FACT . . NO F.A. players will ever sign with that looney bin of a franchise.

    Great Plan for another year of EPIC FAIL !

  7. I gotta give the skins credit. Cousins played a heck of a game. He upped his stock big time today and proved that if he started from day one, the skins would probably be .500 at the least. Too bad the season is almost over. It says a lot about how RGMe is a bust. How can you argue otherwise? Cousins is playing with the exact same guys.

  8. Redskins are DEFINITELY getting a calvalcade of high round picks in exchange for Captain Kirk

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    Right . . .What coach is STUPID enough, to give-up multiple-high-picks for a QB , who never won anything ?

    wait . . . what . . who ?

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 15, 2013 4:23 PM

    The final score doesn’t matter.

    Decided to take the that final plunge towards total insanity have we…??

  10. Yea, the QB made all the difference in the world when I could swear I’ve seen this story quite a few times this year, Washington driving late to win or tie the game, only to lose 98% of those games mainly because the defense and special teams have been so bad all day. Yea, Cousins was infinitely better with his contributed 3 turnovers to the cause, but then again some fans are pretty delusional.

  11. There are reports that Kyle Shanahan will join the Rams next year. This play makes me wonder if old Shanny is intentionally tanking games to give the Rams a higher pick in exchange for his son getting a job there. Tin foil hat.

  12. The final score doesn’t matter? Hahahaha. Yup other teams will without a doubt be throwing first round draft picks at the feet of your other loser quarterback and they’ll be chanting, “All hail the almost won!”

  13. logicalvoicesays says:

    We have such an innovative braintrust in the Front office.
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    Throwing a game by needlessly going for 2 isn’t innovative – it’s bad for the sport. Alas, Shanahan’s history of poor decisions will probably cloud any inquiry.

  14. logicalvoicesays says:

    The final score doesn’t matter. If it did, we would have gone for the Extrapoint. All that matters is that the Redskins are DEFINITELY getting a calvalcade of high round picks in exchange for Captain Kirk. ….

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    a cavalcade? you guys gave all your picks away for RG3-10

    QB leads his team to 3-10, he deserves a benching

    and RG3 also deserves a real QB competition, because he isn’t cutting it.

    and if RG3 starts next year, and he doesn’t get his head into a NFL franchise QB state, he’s only going to win 30% of the games again next year

  15. Are u people serious with this crap….Yes Shanny has to go but this decision today was clearly the right way to go…..Two teams with a combined 6-20 record and u wanted OT…Can one Redskin fan tell me the difference between 4 or 3 wins when your not drafting in round one? I think the decision shows confidence in the team he had out there today. That was the first game in a while that the team showed a little heart…..With 7 T.O’s they just suck but they didnt quit which is an improvement over last week…..

  16. logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 15, 2013 4:23 PM
    The final score doesn’t matter. If it did, we would have gone for the Extrapoint. All that matters is that the Redskins are DEFINITELY getting a calvalcade of high round picks in exchange for Captain Kirk. More higher picks = More help for Mr. Griffin the 3rd on offense and defense! If RGIII plays today, the Redskins win by 4 TDs. We have such an innovative braintrust in the Front office. You’ll all see how a fresh draft and a FULL salary cap will make the Redskins unstoppable! #HTTR

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    Hey Logical,

    In the not so distant past, you spoke to all of us about Shanny being the best coach in football among many other things.

    From another article, I present this…

    “Ian Rapoport also reported that Griffin and Shanahan do not even acknowledge each other when they pass each other at the team’s facility.”

    Bobby Griffin has said that he expects to play for a new coach next yr.

    How can that possibly be? Why wouldn’t he want to continue playing for the best coach in the NFL, according to you that is.

    I don’t think even Cowboy fans could have imagined such a season for the Redskins this year. Even they feel BAD for Skins fans.

  17. Since the Rams have our pick and Fischer and Shanny are boys, what if since we giving the Rams a top 3 pick by tanking the season some kind of deal has been made in exchange we trade kirk and a 2nd for the Rams latter 1st rd pick. Not big on conspiracy but two point conversion??? Ya never know. HTTR

  18. WASHINGTON LOST ITS FUTURE FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS,
    BECAUSE OF THE STUPID DRAFT OF RG3.
    HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A 5TH OR 6TH ROUND PICK.
    SNYDER WASTED THAT PICK,
    AND NOW SKINS FANS WILL PAY FOR IT.
    SELL YOUR TICKETS NOW, WHILE THEY ARE STILL WORTH $ 1.00

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