Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a game ending interception to Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford who returned it for the game winning touchdown during overtime in an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins commanded a game-tying drive against the Atlanta Falcons to send the game into overtime, but threw it all away for a devastating loss when Atlanta defensive back Robert Alford returned an interception to end the game. Alford returned the interception 59 yards for a touchdown, lifting an undefeated Atlanta team to a 25-19 victory over Washington in overtime on Oct. 11 in Atlanta.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Washington had a 7-6 lead over Atlanta. Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons drove 91 yards in 11 plays to take a 12-7 lead after wide receiver Julio Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone.
However, it only took three quick plays for Washington to regain the lead. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder exploded for a big gain;
Washington Redskins wide receiver Rashad Ross (19) moves past Atlanta Falcons’ Levine Toilolo (80) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Rashad Ross drew a 42-yard pass interference penalty, and running back Matt Jones followed up with a 2-yard rushing touchdown.
With less than three minutes left in regulation, Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made a 28-yard field goal to give his team a 16-12 lead before the two-minute warning.
Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman’s apparent 13-yard touchdown catch in the final minute was reversed with replay, with officials saying he didn’t keep control of the ball all the way to the ground. The ruling set Atlanta up at fourth-and-two. Two plays later, Ryan handed off to Freeman to score a 6-yard touchdown with 24 seconds left to play.
Hopkins—who joined the team just four weeks ago—made a 52-yard field goal for Washington on the final play of regulation to force overtime.
Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) runs after making an interception against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Washington won the coin toss and the first offensive possession in overtime. Cousins moved the team to midfield, first-and-10 at their own 48-yard line. When wide receiver Ryan Grant slipped on a pass route, Atlanta defensive back Robert Alford intercepted Cousins’ pass and ran untouched down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.
Cousins finished an inconsistent day with one touchdown and two interceptions, completing 21 of 32 passes for 219 yards.
Ryan completed 24 of 42 passing attempts for 254 yards and two interceptions. Freeman rushed 27 times for 153 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Matt Jones suffered a toe injury and did not play late in the fourth quarter or in overtime.
Next – Washington’s NFL team faces the New York Jets on the road beginning at 1 p.m., Oct. 18.