Pulse Report: Redskins at Falcons

Pulse Report: Redskins at Falcons
December 16, 2013, 10:00 am
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Here are some of the social highlights from the Redskins' 27-26 loss to the Falcons:

As you might expect given the turmoil surrounding the team, the Redskins were mostly quiet on social media before Sunday's matchup. One of the lone exceptions was Big Swaggy, thankful to be getting his first NFL start:

Also getting a start Sunday was Kirk Cousins, in for the deactivated RGIII for the remainder of the season. Here's how fans expected he would perform:

On their opening drive, Atlanta had little problem moving the ball down the field. They took an early 7-0 lead with a 3-yard Steven Jackson run right through Josh Wilson:

On the Redskins' first drive, Cousins got off to a good start, even throwing some completions under pressure. But eventually the pressure got too close. Cousins got ROCKED, sending the ball flying for a near pick. On the next play, a sack knocked the ball loose at the Falcons recovered at the Washington 36:

Atlanta capitalized with a 13-yard touchdown grab by Tony Gonzalez, who broke free from London Fletcher to find his way to the end zone:

Luckily the Redskins offense was able to string together some impressive plays and get themselves on the board. A great Alfred Morris rush brought Washington close and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Fred Davis cut the Falcons' lead to 14-7:

The Redskins defense was able to keep the Falcons out of the end zone thanks to a nice pass break up by DeAngelo Hall. A 20-yard Matt Bryant field goal extended the Atlanta lead to 17-7:

Things quickly got interesting with three fumbles on three consecutive plays. First Morris lost the handle and Atlanta recovered, then Kerrigan sacked Ryan and Orakpo picked up the loose ball, and then Moss lost the ball as he fought for yards after a catch.

Cousins wasted no time trying to clean up the mess. Midway through the 2nd quarter he sidestepped pressure and threw a tidy pass to Pierre Garçon for a 53-yard catch-and-run touchdown to bring the Redskins to within 3 points of the Falcons:

The Redskins nearly had a fifth turnover on their hands late in the 2nd quarter when Garçon tipped a pass up in the air and several Falcons failed to come up with the pick. Kai Forbath kicked a 33 yard field goal to tie the game at 17.

Just a few seconds later, Matt Ryan threw a pick that looked almost like it was meant for Jose Gumbs, to came away with his first career INT:

In the final second of the first half, Kai Forbath kicked a 37 yard field goal to give the Redskins a 20-17 lead lead.

It was an interesting half of football to say the least. Here are some other words fans used to describe the game so far:

In the early 2nd half, the Redskins defense came up with a huge goal line stand, stopping Steven Jackson short of the end zone on 4th & Goal.

But things turned around quickly when Kirk Cousins threw out of his own end zone and directly to William Moore. The Falcons would get another shot to score.

Steven Jackson wouldn't be stopped this time, rumbling in for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Falcons back the lead at 24-20.

With 9:18 to play in the 4th quarter, Alfred Morris committed his second fumble of the day and the team's sixth, stopping them short on what would have been a crucial opportunity to regain the lead.

Number seven came a short while later when Kirk Cousins threw his second pick of the day. Luckily for the Redskins, the Falcons weren't entirely taking advantage because, despite the plethora of turnovers, the Redskins were only trailing 24-20.

With 3:25 to play, Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yard field goal to extend the Falcons' lead to 27-20:

As the clock ran out, Kirk Cousins let the Redskins on methodical 80-yard scoring drive ending with a 3-yard touchdown completion to Santana Moss. Washington decided to go for the 2-point conversion and the win, but Cousins was flushed out of the pocket and was unable to find an open receiver.

The Redskins went for the onside kick and very nearly came up with the ball as it bounced around, but the Falcons eventually fell on it and Matt Ryan was able to take a knee to seal the 27-26 victory for Atlanta:

Here's how fans described the game in one word:

Here's what the players had to say on Twitter after the loss: