Orakpo 'proud' of Redskins 'heart' despite loss
Despite the fact that the Falcons put 27 points on the board and won the game, the Redskins’ defense had one of its better days of the season.
Washington gave up just 243 yards to Atlanta, their second-best performance of the year in that category. Matt Ryan had 210 yards passing but he needed 38 attempts to get there (5.5 yards per attempt). The Redskins sacked Ryan three times including one by Ryan Kerrigan that forced a fumble that Brian Orakpo (1.5 sacks) recovered. First-year player Jose Gumbs picked off a Ryan pass.
The Falcons rushed for just 54 yards with Stephen Jackson averaging just 2.5 yards per carry (15 carries, 38 yards).
The Washington defense had to deal with some pretty bad field position. Due to some of the seven turnovers Washington committed on the day the Falcons were able to start drives at the Washington 36 (resulted in a TD), 14 (FG), 2 (TD), and 39 (FG).
One sequence in the third quarter pretty well summed up the day for the Redskins defense. On their first possession of the second half Atlanta drove to a fourth a goal at the one. They decided to go for it and Perry Riley stuffed Jackson for no gain with a perfect form tackle.
But on the very next play Kirk Cousins threw an interception that was returned to the two yard line. This time they could not keep Jackson out of the end zone and he scored to put the Falcons up 24-20, a lead they would not relinquish.