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Falcons hold off Redskins

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins nearly overcame a seven-turnover nightmare, but Desmond Trufant tipped away a potential go-ahead two-point conversion in the waning seconds to give the Atlanta Falcons a 27-26 victory at the Georgia Dome.

With the Redskins trailing 27-20, Cousins led a crisp two-minute drill that ended in a 3-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 18 seconds remaining.

Mike Shanahan, just days after making the decision to shut down franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III, made another headline-worthy call by going for the win.

Cousins rolled to his right and flew a floater into traffic, Trufant knocked the ball out of the back of the end zone and Atlanta (4-10) secured the onside kick to win for just the second time in the past eight weeks.

"I love the call to go for two at the end. I felt like we had them on the ropes, but I just didn't do enough to execute," Cousins said. "That's a play I clearly didn't have a good feel for."

Steven Jackson rushed for two scores and Tony Gonzalez caught a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan, who finished with 210 yards and an interception on 29-of-38 passing.

Griffin watched in street clothes as Cousins passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns, though the second-year backup accounted for three turnovers -- two interceptions and a lost fumble.

Alfred Morris and Santana Moss each lost two fumbles for the Redskins (3-11), who are a mired in a six-game slide.

The first interception by Cousins came immediately after the Redskins stuffed Jackson on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line midway through the third quarter.

William Moore returned the pick 14 yards back to the 2, and Jackson wasn't denied a second time as he barreled across the goal line to put the Falcons in front, 24-20, with 8:13 remaining in the third.

Washington went three-and-out its next two possessions and had a promising drive go for naught early in the fourth when Morris was stripped by Stephen Nicholas in the red zone.

Trufant stepped in front of a poor Cousins pass on Washington's next play from scrimmage, and Matt Bryant knocked the eventual game-winning 51-yard field goal through the uprights with 3:25 to play.

"It wasn't perfect by any stretch...but we found a way to win the ballgame," Falcons head coach Mike Smith said.

Atlanta took the opening kickoff 83 yards in 14 plays using a mix of effective runs and passes. Jackson capped the lengthy drive with a 3-yard touchdown run after running over Redskins defensive back Josh Wilson at the goal line.

Osi Umenyiora swiped the ball out of Cousins' hands in his first series under center, and three plays after the change of possession, Gonzalez caught a short pass over the middle and weaved his way through a slew of defenders en route to a 13-yard score.

Cousins bounced back from the turnover with a Griffin-like touchdown throw, as he rolled to his right and found Fred Davis for a 23-yard score.

A muffed punt from Moss early in the second quarter led to a 20-yard Bryant field goal, and Morris lost the ball deep inside Atlanta's territory to start an odd run of fumbles on three consecutive plays, with Ryan and Moss taking turns coughing up the ball.

Despite twice spoiling good field position, the Redskins pulled closer when Pierre Garcon got behind the secondary and brought in Cousins' 53-yard scoring strike.

Washington tied it at 17-17 with Kai Forbath's 33-yard field goal just before the break, and Ryan's interception on the next snap allowed Forbath to tack on a go-ahead 37-yard kick on the final play of the half.

Game Notes

Garcon had seven catches for 129 yards and needs 10 receptions over the final two games to break the team record of 106 catches in a season set by Art Monk in 1984 ... Gonzalez caught six passes for 62 yards ... Morris rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries ... Jackson was limited to 38 yards on 15 carries ... The Redskins have dropped four straight against the Falcons, last beating them on Sept. 14, 2003.

12/15 18:46:45 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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CHI 86
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BAL 3
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CHC 0
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NYM 5
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PHI 0
ATL 1
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NYY 2
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DET 2
CLE 3
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MIA 3
WAS 6
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SEA 2
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BOS 6
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HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
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ANA 5
OAK 4
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COL 2
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LOS 1
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CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
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2:05pm Today
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3:45pm Today
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6:40pm Tonight
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CHA 91
CHI 86
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ORL 86
IND 101
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MIL 103
ATL 111
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CLE 114
BRK 85
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MEM 106
DAL 105
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OKC 112
DET 111
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NOP 105
HOU 100
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SAN 100
LAL 113
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MIA 87
PHI 100
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NYK 95
TOR 92
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MIN 130
UTA 136
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BOS 102
WAS 118
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DEN 112
GSW 116
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POR 110
LAC 104
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SAC 99
PHO 104
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TAM 4
MON 5
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PIT 4
CLB 3
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ANA 4
DAL 3
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STL
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NOR 9
 
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