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(15:00) Shawn Springs is out. Both kickers, Suisham and Novak are active.
(14:54) Suisham kicked off, about the same result as average, Falcons' ball on the 25.
(13:39) First drop of the game for an Atlanta receiver, Crumpler has one bounce off of his hands.
(12:32) Carter with a sack. He blew right by the tackle and jumped on Vick to make sure he got him.
(11:28) I really like the way Betts is running. He runs with a purpose, which he hasn't always done, and he follows his blockers well. The latter may be a matter of him getting used to carrying behind the starting OL more. Betts can be Jason Campbell's best friend.
(6:53) Betts 8 run (Suisham kick) Redskins 7, Falcons 0
(6:53) That was a great scoring drive. Sorry, there's not much else to say, with 54 yards on the ground, good running by Betts, Duckett, and Campbell and a nice catch by Brandon Lloyd.
(5:00) And followed up by a three and out. Could a rout be in the making here?
(3:00) Betts has 52 yards and a touchdown.
(2:43) Moss 42 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick) Redskins 14, Falcons 0
(2:43) We haven't seen Moss get to display his flypaper hands lately. Good throw, great catch, the rout is on perhaps.
(2:20) There is nothing doing in the middle of the Redskins' line. Warrick Dunn is trying to find some space to burrow through and there just isn't any.
(13:44) And a fourth and inches stop? Where were these guys in September and October?
(12:23) The Redskins are doing a good job of staying in their lanes to prevent Vick from running outside on them. The downside there is that Vick, for the most part, has been getting time to throw. If his receivers can keep holding on the ball, they could continue a good drive.
(10:14) On a Dunn run to the right, there were 10 white jerseys around the ball. They are flying to the ball.
(7:47) A nice play by Vernon Fox to tip away a ball in the end zone.
(7:42) FG Andersen 34 Redskins 14, Falcons 3
(7:42) That drive was exactly what the Falcons needed. It got their defense off the field for a while and it got them some points. The Redskins aren't out of the woods yet, but a drive like their opening march would be a good start.
(7:04) The Redskins are starting out this drive doing what they didn't do on their last possession, which is pound the ball to Betts. Two carries, 14 yards and they're past midfield.
(4:26) Suisham's 50-yard attempt seemed to have a chance, but the ball hung out there to the left and never made it inside the upright. It was long enough, but now quite accurate enough.
(2:20) Crumpler 16 pass from Vick (Andersen kick) Redskins 14, Falcons 10
(2:20) When Alge Crumpler holds on to the ball the Falcons are a pretty dangerous offensive team. I might have declined the holding penalty on second down. I like working with a compressed field on third and goal at the six rather than giving Vick room to operate and find his favorite target.
(2:15) Will they unleash the kid for a legit 2:00 drill?
(2:00) It looks like they're letting him try to get into scoring position. Two plays, both passes. They have all of their timeouts left. Let's see what happens.
(1:28) A couple of blitzes killed that drive. Campbell had two linebackers coming in pretty much unabated into his face. The first forced him to throw to Cooley more quickly than he wanted to and the second forced him to throw it away.
(15:00) Novak and Shuisham are both out on the far end of the field practicing field goals working from the tri-leg holders. It looks like Shuisham is the better bet, he's nailed a couple from 50 while Novak has hit the upright. An odd sight, though, as though we're having a kicking competition to see who gets to kick in the second half.
(15:00) The Skins are getting the second-half kickoff. They need to do something with it or it could be a tight one throughout. A rout would be a nice change of pace after all of the down to the wire finishes here so far this year.
(13:01) That 15-yard pass from Campbell to Moss looked almost effortless, although Campbell did take a pretty good hit after he threw it.
(11:15) Sometimes you just have to take the sack. That's something that Campbell will learn, but right now trying to throw that ball was a very costly decision. It's up to the defense now to bail him out.
(10:32) Jenkins 22 pass from Vick (Andersen kick) Falcons 17, Redskins 14
(10:32) Vick had plenty of time to thrown and Jenkins eventually broke free. Let's see how Campbell responds. This is the first time he's committed a damaging error; it's all a part of the growing process.
(10:30) OK, no more talk of a rout from this end. The Skins just need to find a way to get it done.
(9:57) Betts now over 100 yards with about 25 minutes left to play. 18 carries for 106
(8:55) A six-yard pass from Campbell to Moss may have been the biggest little play of the game. A three and out would have been very damaging to the Skins and that kept the drive alive.
(6:17) Vick can get the ball to his receiver right now. His arm is amazing.
(4:44) The Falcons were on a march and then they got fancy with the double reverse. Now they're in a third and 25.
(4:13) A give-up call on the third and very long. I thought that they might let Vick try to make a play, but they just decided to play it safe.
(2:56) Washington's first penalty of the game comes in the dying minutes of the third quarter. Betts bailed the team out with a hard-charging 15-yard run.
(0:44) The Redskins are having a difficult time picking up the blitz. Atlanta is timing it well and they're getting their hands on Campbell and on the ball.
(12:26) Norwood 69 run (Andersen kick) Falcons 24, Redskins 14
(12:26) I take it back, this game could be a rout—in favor of the Falcons. You can't give up 24 unanswered points, especially when you had a team that was questioning itself down 14-0. There's still plenty of time, but the offense has to stop making mistakes and pick up the blitz and the defense has to step up.
(11:00) It's getting to the point where when Betts gains just five yards on a run it feels like the Falcons stopped him. It would be a shame if an effort like that went to waste.
(9:26) Vick is holding his right hamstring after running for a first down. I don't know if it's a pull or a cramp. It's not like Matt Schuab is any day at the park.
(7:33) The clock sure is moving fast for the Redskins. They're down two scores and even if they stop the Falcons here there won't be much more than six minutes for the Skins to get two scores.
(6:32) It's going to be on Campbell's shoulders now. They're 95 yards away from the end zone and they don't have enough time to run the ball. The Falcons are going to blitz.
(6:18) Washington appears to have caught the Falcons' case of the dropsies. Cooley has dropped two and Moss and Sellers one each.
(3:55) A facemask call converts a fourth down, but it doesn't gain the Redskins much yardage. Still, there is some life, but they need to score in a hurry.
(2:59) Just great athletic ability by Moss and Campbell there for a 25-yard hookup to convert and third and long. Still, the clock is ticking away.
(2:31) A hit on Campbell as he released was costly. That's the ballgame.
(2:10) Hold the bus, maybe not. Rock Cartwright got the block of the punt and the Skins are in business. It still would be a miracle finish, but stranger things have happened.
(1:32) They need to take shots at the end zone and not throw these short ones intto the middle fo the field. They're going to run out of time.
(0:21) They ran out of downs.
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