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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.

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44 Responses to “Atlanta wins as Washington’s two-point conversion falls short”
  1. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 15, 2013 4:22 PM

    Fail

  2. 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

  3. rgmememe says: Dec 15, 2013 4:24 PM

    And Jeff Fisher says thank you very much.

  4. washfootball says: Dec 15, 2013 4:25 PM

    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.

  5. abqhawk says: Dec 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    Lol, Cousin’s looks a lot better than 3 does.

  6. gtodriver says: Dec 15, 2013 4:26 PM

    It appears that the Green Bay Packers are two points better than the Washington Redskins….

  7. crabcakesfootball says: Dec 15, 2013 4:27 PM

    Two Point conversions!!!

    Who are the ad wizards who came up with that one!!!

  8. larryboodry says: Dec 15, 2013 4:28 PM

    Shoulda tied the game.

  9. classyjacklambert says: Dec 15, 2013 4:31 PM

    There’s the lunacy of logicalvoice! I missed that batty craziness!

  10. brassknuckles47 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:31 PM

    Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha………

  11. jakec4 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    Shanahan is so begging to be fired that he’s at the point he’s sabotaging games now.

  12. jxegh says: Dec 15, 2013 4:32 PM

    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

  13. soforizo says: Dec 15, 2013 4:34 PM

    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.

  14. atlfan31833 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:34 PM

    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

  15. cuda1234 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:35 PM

    More importantly, Cousins had a better game today than Griffin’s has all year.

  16. jacobslatter says: Dec 15, 2013 4:35 PM

    Bad coaching move at the end by Kyle… I mean… Mike the Rat.

  17. soforizo says: Dec 15, 2013 4:36 PM

    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.

  18. nonnieynonniey says: Dec 15, 2013 4:37 PM

    Shanahan is sending a message he just doesn’t care. He just wanted the game over with didn’t matter to him if the Redskins won or lost.

  19. The Shoeman says: Dec 15, 2013 4:40 PM

    a FULL salary cap will make the Redskins unstoppable!
    ***********************************************
    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 !

  20. stevent92 says: Dec 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    I wouldnt trade a 1st Round Pick for the entire Redskins offense.

  21. badmoonrison says: Dec 15, 2013 4:48 PM

    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.

  22. The Shoeman says: Dec 15, 2013 4:49 PM

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

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

    wait . . . what . . who ?

  23. bobleblah says: Dec 15, 2013 4:49 PM

    I think Shanahan is doing a great job and I hope he remains in DC forever.

  24. gustwo says: Dec 15, 2013 4:54 PM

    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…??

  25. papacrick says: Dec 15, 2013 5:02 PM

    I bet they would trade Bob for that number two pick the Rams are destined for next year

  26. realfootballfan says: Dec 15, 2013 5:04 PM

    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.

  27. charge1 says: Dec 15, 2013 5:20 PM

    Shoe man your slinging a lot of mud who is your team? Did you watch the game? Maybe try and get back to work at Footlocker is Xmas week.

  28. bmore44 says: Dec 15, 2013 5:23 PM

    Not bad for first game . I bet, he gets better in the next game.

  29. commonsensedude says: Dec 15, 2013 5:32 PM

    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.

  30. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 15, 2013 5:38 PM

    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!”

  31. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 15, 2013 5:46 PM

    PS: It IS spelled c-a-v-a-l-c-a-d-e.

  32. farewhetherphan says: Dec 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:

    We have such an innovative braintrust in the Front office.
    ————————————
    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.

  33. randomguy9999 says: Dec 15, 2013 5:51 PM

    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. ….

    —————————————————

    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

  34. niallofthenine says: Dec 15, 2013 5:51 PM

    Cousins >Griffin. Book it.

  35. nflsecurity862 says: Dec 15, 2013 6:09 PM

    And with the 2nd pick of the 2014 draft, the St Louis Rams select…….

  36. alanzlot says: Dec 15, 2013 7:43 PM

    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…..

  37. sportsfan18 says: Dec 15, 2013 7:56 PM

    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

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    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.

  38. deezenucks says: Dec 15, 2013 8:10 PM

    I don’t think logical is even watching his own team anymore with this nonsense he continues to spew.

  39. bigblackanvil says: Dec 15, 2013 8:22 PM

    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

  40. drewzducks says: Dec 15, 2013 8:32 PM

    I think going for 2 points was the logical choice.

  41. timaug says: Dec 15, 2013 11:28 PM

    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

  42. yevrag3535 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:45 AM

    Plain and simple, SKINS SUCK. No need to bicker about it.

  43. cashtext4all.com says: Dec 16, 2013 4:16 AM

    Well, at least cousin looked better then RG3, so Shanahan should get some credit for that.
    Maybe the ‘skins can get a first round pick for RG3.

  44. thegloriousone says: Dec 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    I’m pretty sure logicalvoices was being sarcastic

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