Falcons 24

(6-6, 3-3 away)

Redskins 14

(4-8, 3-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 3, 2006

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 0 10 7 724
WSH 14 0 0 014

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 217 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Betts (WSH) - 28 CAR, 155 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 7 REC, 123 YDS, 1 TD

Falcons' 24-point rally against Redskins snaps slump

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- The big defensive lineman rumbled 41 yards until he ran out of gas. The rookie running back had plenty of fuel -- enough to embarrass a would-be tackler near the end of a 69-yard touchdown run.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Falcons game plan was simple -- they lined up and attacked the Redskins' front seven with a combination of running backs Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood (right) to set-up their quick controlled passing attack. Even though QB Michael Vick had only 16 attempts, he was able to the exploit the Redskins secondary with two touchdown passes.

Defensively, the Falcons did a great job in passing situations of pressuring the interior of the Redskins offensive line with multiple zone pressures, which created outside rush lanes for blitzing linebackers and safeties. This allowed the Falcons to put a lot of pressure on quarterback Jason Campbell and disrupted the flow and rhythm of the Redskins passing attack.

No one will ever confuse the running styles of defensive end Chauncey Davis and rookie running back Jerious Norwood, but each made the type of big play a team needs when it's mired in a four-game losing skid.

Add in a touch of the psychological -- as in a players-only "pep rally" called by a respected veteran -- and the Atlanta Falcons had enough for a 24-14 comeback victory Sunday over the Washington Redskins.

"Me, of all people," said Davis, whose first career interception was also the team's first in seven games. "I haven't had a run like that in so long. I was trying to hold on. That's all we've been looking for, is someone to make the big play."

The Falcons (6-6), who had fallen below .500 for first time in Jim Mora's three seasons as coach, rallied from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to get back in the serious hunt for a playoff berth. The Redskins (4-8) have lost three of four, having squandered the momentum they gained from last week's back-to-basics victory over Carolina.

"We definitely needed that pep rally last night," said safety Lawyer Milloy, who called Atlanta's players-only meeting. "We probably should have had it a couple of weeks ago, but it's not too late. We're just blessed that the league is so equal competitively that we still have a shot. It was at a point where the players of this team, the leaders of this team, needed to take some ownership.
Quarterback Rushing Record
Michael Vick
Michael Vick has 929 rush yards this season, 57 yards shy of Bobby Douglass's record for most rush yards by a QB in a single season.
QBSeasonTeamRush yds
Bobby Douglass1972CHI968
Randall Cunningham1990PHI942
Michael Vick2006ATL929**
Michael Vick2004ATL902
Michael Vick2002ATL777
** through 12 games

"The coaches can't catch the ball for you. The coaches can't tell you to stay deep when you have a deep zone. That was the premise of the conversation."

Milloy backed up his words by making the hit that disrupted Jason Campbell's throw as the Redskins were driving deep in Atlanta territory in the third quarter with a 14-10 lead. The ball floated to Davis, whose return set up the 22-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Michael Jenkins that put the Falcons ahead for good.

Norwood sealed the win in the fourth quarter with his long scamper in which he broke a tackle and left cornerback Carlos Rogers spinning in both directions over the final 10 yards. It was Norwood's second touchdown run -- the other was a 78-yard score vs. Arizona.

Field Goal Record
Morten Andersen
Atlanta kicker Morten Andersen moved one field goal behind Gary Anderson for most field goals made in NFL history against the Redskins.
Gary Anderson 538
Morten Andersen537

"You need your playmakers to make plays, your superstars to be superstars," coach Jim Mora said.

The NFL's leading rushing team ran for 256 yards, led by Norwood (107), Warrick Dunn (87) and Vick (59). Vick, fined after making an obscene gesture to fans following last week's loss to New Orleans, also threw two touchdown passes and went 8-for-16 for 122 yards. His only noteworthy hand movements were fist pumps, a touchdown signal with both index fingers, and the grabbing of his right hamstring after he came up gimpy and had to leave for one play in the fourth quarter.

"I'll be all right," Vick said. "You know me."

Vick, by the way, appeared to take Milloy's message about player leadership literally on the touchdown pass to Jenkins.

"He actually wasn't even in the read. Sometimes you've got to overcome coaching," Vick said. "I told him before the play to make sure he ran his route to win, and he did. Nobody on the field knew what I was going to do but me and him, so it kind of works out that way."

Campbell, making his third start for the Redskins, completed 18 of 38 passes for 218 yards, and the interception by Davis was his first real blunder as an NFL quarterback.

"We go all the way down the field there -- that was a frustrating drive for us," coach Joe Gibbs said. "There's certainly a lot of things there Jason would like to have back. Today was a tough day for him. He's out there going through some of this for the first time."

Ladell Betts ran for a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. He has back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time in his career.

The Redskins ran the ball effectively to take a two-touchdown lead, but the Falcons started to turn the momentum in the second quarter with a drive that included a 46-yard pass to tight end Alge Crumpler and a 16-yard touchdown pass to Crumpler. Redskins third-string safety Vernon Fox, starting because of a hamstring injury to Troy Vincent, was victimized on both plays.

"They played so physical," Washington defensive end Renaldo Wynn said. "We couldn't stop those guys all day."

Game notes

Gibbs cut his right hand trying to go through a door in the locker room area after the game. He dabbed at the blood with a towel during his postgame news conference. ... Shaun Suisham, signed from the practice squad Saturday, handled all of the Redskins' kicking duties. He missed his only field-goal attempt, a 50-yarder. ... T.J. Duckett, traded by Atlanta to Washington during training camp, had four carries for 9 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1625
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5874
Total Yards369381
Yards per play6.45.1
Total Drives1211
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

wshTD6:58Ladell Betts, 8 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 5:20
wshTD2:52Santana Moss, 42 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yds, 3:05
atlFG7:47Morten Andersen 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 5:01
atlTD2:26Alge Crumpler, 16 yd pass from Michael Vick (Morten Andersen kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 60 yds, 2:01
atlTD10:38Michael Jenkins, 22 yd pass from Michael Vick (Morten Andersen kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 25 yds, 0:43
atlTD12:26Jerious Norwood, 69 yd run (Morten Andersen kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 98 yds, 3:07