Matt Ryan had yet another come-from-behind victory this past Sunday. This makes two in a row and 18 overall for his career. This most recent one came against the Washington Redskins and rookie QBs RGIII and Kirk Cousins.
Coming into this game, the Atlanta Falcons were riding a huge rush still left over from that amazing last second victory over the rival Carolina Panthers the week before. Even with this rush of momentum, some thought the Washington Redskins had what it takes to hand the Falcons their first defeat of the season. And after the way the game started out, it seemed as if they would.
The Redskins forced two early turnovers by Matt Ryan and parlayed one of them to a touchdown. The Falcons were able to answer that touchdown with one of their own when Matt Ryan found Tony G, or "The Ageless Wonder", in the back of the end-zone for a short touchdown pass just before halftime to tie the game at 7-7.
The beginning of the second half saw both teams punt of their first possessions. On their second possession, the Redskins started on the Falcons' 39-yard line and began moving the ball down field with ease. If it were not for Babineaux's hustle on a 2nd and 3 play from their own 22, then the Redskins might have scored a touchdown rather than a field goal.
Also, if Babineaux had not made that play, then RGIII would not have learned a valuable lesson. That lesson would be to either slide earlier or run out of bounds when an opposing linebacker is chasing you down. With that hit, RGIII was taken out of the game and would not return and rookie Kirk Cousins would have to replace him.
The Falcons answered the Redskins field goal with a touchdown of their own a few drives later on an 18-yard pass from Ryan to Jones to take the lead 14-10. The Redskins would answer back quickly when a coverage breakdown allowed Santana Moss to get behind the secondary and Kirk Cousins hit him for a 77-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead at 17-14.
Not to be outdone, Matt Ryan led his team down the field but eventually stalled out near the 35-yard line where Matt Bryant crushed a 53 -yard field goal to tie the game at 17-17. From there, the Falcons defense picked up the slack and stopped the Redskins to force a three-and-out. The Falcons would later score on a 13-yard run by Michael Turner to take the lead at 24-17.
The defense would again come up big by forcing Kirk Cousins to throw two late interceptions to seal the victory and yet another come-from-behind victory by Matt Ryan.
Tony Gonzales yet again proves he is the best tight end in the history of the league by recording 13 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Ryan has thrown for at least 275 yards and 2 touchdowns in all but 1 game this year.
Roddy White, Tony G., and Julio Jones are all on pace for over 1,000 yards receiving this year.
The defense has forced at least 2 turnovers in all but 1 game so far this year.