Final

Falcons 24

(5-0, 3-0 away)

Redskins 17

(2-3, 0-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2012

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 0 7 0 1724
WSH 0 7 3 717

Top Performers

Passing: M. Ryan (ATL) - 345 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 18 CAR, 115 YDS

Receiving: T. Gonzalez (ATL) - 13 REC, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Matt Ryan, Falcons improve to 5-0, rally by Redskins; RG3 concussed

ESPN.com news services

LANDOVER, Md. -- After the Atlanta Falcons knocked Robert Griffin III out of the game, Matt Ryan kept throwing and throwing and throwing until he finally scraped up enough points to give his team its first 5-0 start in franchise history.

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 Sunday as Atlanta beat Washington 24-17, handing the Redskins their eighth consecutive home loss and leaving their Heisman Trophy winner woozy.

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, producing lots of numbers without much payoff against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. 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.

Griffin was injured early in the second half while trying to scramble for the end zone on third-and-goal from the 3. As he went down, he took a solid hit to the helmet from the upper body of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Clearly rattled, the No. 2 overall draft pick had his head examined on the sideline before being taken to the locker room.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin was diagnosed with a mild concussion and couldn't tell the medical staff what quarter the game was in or what the score was at the time he was asked. The rookie was evaluated by a neurologist in the locker room and allowed to go home. He also suffered a chin laceration.

No further testing will be done on Griffin on Sunday night. He will be re-evaluated Monday.

Griffin now must follow the NFL's concussion protocol before being cleared to return to practice or games.

Griffin's susceptibility to injury was a concern when he was hammered hard while carrying the ball frequently in the option in the Redskins' first three games, but Shanahan went with a more conventional approach in the last two games. Griffin did not have a designed run on Sunday, yet he nevertheless had to leave a game for the first time in his young career.

Griffin was 10 for 15 for 91 yards when he was hurt. The play after his injury, Billy Cundiff converted a 23-yard field goal that gave the Redskins (2-3) a 10-7 lead.

Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan State making his NFL debut, entered in place of Griffin and went three-and-out in his first possession. The Falcons then took advantage of Sav Rocca's shanked punt to drive 47 yards for a touchdown on Jones' catch.

But Cousins gave the Redskins the lead again about a minute later, when Santana Moss ran deep down the middle without a defender anywhere near him. The 77-yard pass made the score 17-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Ryan then cobbled 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 5 for 9 for 111 yards.

Alfred Morris ran for 115 yards on 18 carries for Washington.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werder and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ATL
WSH
1st Downs2812
Passing 1st downs
216
Rushing 1st downs
56
1st downs from penalties
20
3rd down efficiency
9-171-9
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays8148
Total Yards421316
Yards per play5.26.6
Total Drives1312
Passing338187
Comp-Att
34-5215-24
Yards per pass
6.46.9
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-73-15
Rushing83129
Rushing Attempts
2821
Yards per rush
3.06.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties2-134-20
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession37:0122:59

Passing Leaders

ATLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Ryan34/523456.6211-7
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cousins5/911112.3121-6
Griffin III10/15916.1002-9

Rushing Leaders

ATLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner17643.8113
Ryan571.406
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris181156.4029
Griffin III177.007

Receiving Leaders

ATLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gonzalez131239.5121
Jones10949.4129
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss28040.0177
Davis55410.8018

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERATLWSH
wshTD10:11Ryan Kerrigan 28 Yard Interception Return (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yds, 1:14
07
atlTD0:30Tony Gonzalez 1 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 74 yds, 1:46
77
THIRD QUARTERATLWSH
wshFG5:56Billy Cundiff 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 34 yds, 3:29
710
FOURTH QUARTERATLWSH
atlTD13:23Julio Jones 18 Yard Pass From Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 47 yds, 2:32
1410
wshTD12:24Santana Moss 77 Yard Pass From Kirk Cousins (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 78 yds, 0:53
1417
atlFG7:42Matt Bryant 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yds, 4:21
1717
wshSF2:46Michael Turner 13 Yard Run TOUCHDOWN
Drive info: 6 plays, -31 yds, 2:54
2417

Research Notes

With his 115 rushing yards vs Falcons Sunday, Alfred Morris increased his rushing yard total to 491 this season, the 4th-most rushing yards by a rookie though his team's 1st 5 games since 1960. Morris is the 1st rookie since Adrian Peterson to record over 490 yards in his team's 1st 5 games.
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Tony Gonzalez caught 13-of-14 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Redskins, his highest target total in a game since Week 10 of 2008 (14 targets against Chargers) and most ever from Matt Ryan. Gonzalez's touchdown was his 24th catch on an end-zone target since the start of 2008, most of any tight end over that span. Overall, Ryan was 12-of-12 for 102 yards and a touchdown targeting Gonzalez on throws fewer than 15 yards downfield.
The Redskins defense did a good job containing the Falcons passing game inside the numbers on Sunday, but the edges of the field belonged to Matt Ryan. Ryan connected on 19-of-25 attempts outside the numbers for 184 yards and both of his touchdowns, an area that Ryan was not as prolific in through his first four games.
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Tony Gonzalez's second-quarter touchdown was his 24th catch on an end-zone target since the start of 2008, most of any tight end over that span.

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