Falcons Take Down Redskins in Opening Preseason Game
The Atlanta Falcons won their opening preseason game against the Washington Redskins by a final score of 23-17.
Dustin Hopkins opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 41 yard field goal to give the Redskins a 3-0 lead. Both Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan made brief appearances in the opening quarter. Cousins was five for five with 39 yards, and Ryan had no completions.
The Falcons would tie things up in the second quarter, as Matt Bryant converted a 24 yard field goal. On the next possession Rookie Brandon Wilds would score the first touchdown of the game from a yard out. Bryant would add another field goal at the end of the quarter to extend the lead to 10.
J.D. McKissic would produce the highlight of the night on the opening second-half kickoff, as he returned it 101 yards to score the Falcons second touchdown of the night. Nick Rose would add a field goal later in the third quarter to put the home team up by 20.
The Redskins would try and mount a comeback in the latter stages of the game. Rookie Rob Kelley scored on a one yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and Marcel Jensen caught a six yard touchdown pass from Nate Sudfeld in the fourth. Despite the late effort the Redskins would come up short.
Two notable performances came from Falcon’s players Matt Schaub and Aldrick Robinson. The veteran Schaub led all quarterbacks in passing with 179 yards off of 10 completions, and Robinson had an impressive receiving total of 118 yards.
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