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:
Today I get my 1st career start words can't express how I feel. All I can say is thank you Lord for… http://t.co/iqKToeuXcM— Chris Baker (@cbaker92redskin) December 15, 2013
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:
@CSNwashington victory is the stat that he will have— sonny (@baldwinsrock) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington he's still playing for the redskins... 1TD 1INT 250yards.— Sonny Landis (@HatLandis) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington twoTD, 1int, 225 yds & a win— Michelle Jinks (@TheSportsJinks) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington it ain't gonna be pretty this team has way too many problems for a different qb to get different results— Joshua Miller (@DonImusEyebrows) December 15, 2013
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:
#RedskinsTalk Look at that... OLine doesn't work for Cousins either....— Crystal AC (@itscryspybetch) December 15, 2013
This is why we sat RG3 down. This line cannot protect anybody #redskinstalk— MindAfterMath (@MindAfterMath) December 15, 2013
Bet that Rex Grossman plays in the game today! Smh #RedskinsTalk— Jason McCall (@JMcCallCEO) December 15, 2013
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:
Actually sad to see millionaires just quit. #RedskinsTalk— Chad Jones (@EdwinChad) December 15, 2013
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:
I'm telling y'all Kirk cousins is a starting QB in this league. #RedskinsTalk— IG: SullivanCorp911 (@SullivanInc911) December 15, 2013
Oh man if Kirk plays like this............ Drama is coming #RedskinsTalk— IG: SullivanCorp911 (@SullivanInc911) December 15, 2013
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:
Nice series for the D #Redskins— HailRepublic (@SkinsRepublic) December 15, 2013
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.
This game is LOL #RedskinsTalk— Brad Herson (@BCHerson89) December 15, 2013
Wow really? Is it raining in the dome or something? #RedskinsTalk— MindAfterMath (@MindAfterMath) December 15, 2013
Those last three plays were "Hot Potato" on 2 #RedskinsTalk— Bryan H (@FORDTough1998) December 15, 2013
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.
New ball game. Lets go skins! #HTTR— Paul Stewart (@Pstew_32) December 15, 2013
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:
Good pick #HTTR— Almighty_ND (@N_DHEEM_) December 15, 2013
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.
Were winning at half! #httr— ♛New Year's Eve♛ (@KayGurlKales) December 15, 2013
Good looking game thru halftime....go skins!!! #HTTR— Bobby Emerick (@BobbyEmerick) December 15, 2013
Been a while since the redskins put a smile on my face #HTTR— Jason Watts (@Jwatts95) December 15, 2013
It was an interesting half of football to say the least. Here are some other words fans used to describe the game so far:
@CSNwashington stressful— T. Hicks (@thatmanztyy) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington there for the taking— Tommyz .02 (@TommyT703) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington fumbly— Charlie Wilson (@Football4__Life) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington eye opening !— Julio Chavez (@Jchavez969) December 15, 2013
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.
welp nevermind. ##redskinstalk— Adam Legend (@ADLegend21) December 15, 2013
Everybody loves the backup QB... until he looks like a backup QB. LOL #RedskinsTalk— Jason McCall (@JMcCallCEO) December 15, 2013
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.
#Redskins game giving us anxiety.— Cheverly Station (@CheverlySta) December 15, 2013
well at least we won the first half #HTTR— Spaghettii eddie (@CrazyED214) December 15, 2013
The fact that we have 6 TO and we still have a chance to win this game is a credit to our defense #RedskinsTalk— IG: SullivanCorp911 (@SullivanInc911) December 15, 2013
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.
Six turnovers in one game. c'mon son. #RedskinsTalk— Jack Bolesta (@JackBolesta) December 15, 2013
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.
@CSNwashington Interception! Turnover 7..No more needs to be said !— Keith Brown (@KeithLBrowns) December 15, 2013
Bring back Sexy Rexy! #RedskinsTalk— Brad Maher (@b_brad95) December 15, 2013
For once our defense is keeping us in the game. #RedskinsTalk— TJ (@kawicrasher2010) December 15, 2013
With 3:25 to play, Matt Bryant kicked a 51-yard field goal to extend the Falcons' lead to 27-20:
Maybe now some of these dopes will realize this is just a bad team. #RedskinsTalk— Rusty Drew (@rustyd1212) December 15, 2013
Ok guys let's play like we did in the 1st half #RedskinsTalk— TJ (@kawicrasher2010) December 15, 2013
Someone asked how BAD Atl is, we have 7 TOs and still in the game lol #RedskinsTalk— ASDx Reports (@Redskins1012013) December 15, 2013
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.
Go go go Captain Kirk and Krew!! #RedskinsTalk— Tommyz .02 (@TommyT703) December 15, 2013
Don't mind the two point call. Team only has one goal left this season anyway. Beat Dallas! #RedskinsTalk— John S (@naptown44) December 15, 2013
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:
#RedskinsTalk At 3-10 why not. I have no problem with the call.— Ron Elliott (@RonElliott16) December 15, 2013
Liked the decision.... Didn't like the call. #RedskinsTalk— Rusty Drew (@rustyd1212) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington A new way of crushing us, went from happy to sad in 10 sec flat— Thomas (@kennerly_thomas) December 15, 2013
Here's how fans described the game in one word:
@CSNwashington Sloppy— Chris Ribeiro ©® (@AirPortugal3) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington turnovers— M.I.G.O. (@I_keep_going) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington stunned— Cameron Mingo (@CamMingo) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington lugubrious— Evan Tucker (@The_Real_ET_) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington Revealing— Tommyz .02 (@TommyT703) December 15, 2013
@CSNwashington typical— Josh Meyers (@joshmeyers3) December 15, 2013
Here's what the players had to say on Twitter after the loss: