NFL: Atlanta Falcons stay perfect at 5-0 with win over Washington Redskins
Last Updated: 07/10/12 10:50pm
Michael Turner runs through to score his winning touchdown
Atlanta continued their winning start to the season on Sunday with a 24-17 victory over the Washington Redskins to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Things are not so good for the Redskins. This was their eighth home defeat on the spin and they lost quarterback Robert Griffin III to a hard hit early in the second half he from linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. He had to retreat to the locker room for treatment.
Michael Turner ran 13 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:46 to play, and Ryan completed 34 of 52 passes for 345 yards.
Tony Gonzalez caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown on a day when the Falcons' usually powerful offense was just a bit out of sync.
Straight after Griffin's injury, Billy Cundiff converted a 23-yard field goal that gave the Redskins (2-3) a 10-7 lead. It did not last.
Julio Jones had 10 receptions for 94 yards, including an 18-yard catch with both feet barely inbounds that gave Atlanta the lead early in the fourth quarter.
Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick from Michigan State making his NFL debut, entered in place of Griffin and he gave the Redskins the lead again about a minute later, when Santana Moss ran deep down the middle without a defender anywhere near him to score on a 77-yard pass and make it 17-14.
Ryan then led two scoring drives that gave the Falcons the win. Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal with 7:42 remaining tied the score, and a 29-yard pass to Jones was the key play in a 69-yard drive that led to Turner's decisive touchdown.
Cousins had two more chances to rally the Redskins, but he was intercepted twice in the final two minutes. He finished five for nine for 111 yards.