Redskins commit 7 turnovers in loss to Falcons

Redskins commit 7 turnovers in loss to Falcons
December 15, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Kirk Cousins on loss: That was on me

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) fumbles the ball in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

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It’s always tricky to play “what if” when discussing a football game but you have to wonder what might have happened in Atlanta today if the Redskins had not turned the ball over seven times.

Seven. And they were a two-point conversion away from winning the game in the final seconds.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a team with seven turnovers and had a chance to win,” said Mike Shanahan.

Some of the turnovers were very costly. In the third quarter, Kirk Cousins, making his first start in a year, threw an interception from his own one yard line. It was returned to the two and one play later a Stephen Jackson touchdown turned a 20-17 Redskins lead into a 24-20 deficit.

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Then midway through the fourth quarter the Redskins were driving to retake the lead when Alfred Morris fumbled at the Atlanta 10 yard line. Jason Babineaux recovered for the Falcons, killing the golden scoring opportunity.

Earlier in the game, Santana Moss muffed a punt giving the Falcons a red zone possession that they turned into the field goal.

In all, three of the turnovers were charged to Cousins. He threw two interceptions and was stripped of the ball on a sack. Morris and Moss each lost another fumble in addition to those above.

Morris had not lost a fumble since his very first carry of the season.

“Guys that normally don’t turn the football over turned it over today,” said Shanahan.

The seven turnovers were the most the Redskins have committed in a game since Sept. 19, 2004 in a game against the Giants. The Redskins now have 29 turnovers on the season after they had just 14 all of last year.