National Football League
                       === Falcons hold off Redskins ===
 Atlanta,  GA  ( -  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
 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
 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.
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