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With RG3 out, Ryan leads Falcons past Redskins

Associated Press Published: October 8, 2012
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But Shanahan scaled back the option over the last two week. Griffin didn't have a designed run play Sunday. He ended up getting hurt while on the run because he couldn't find an open receiver — something that every quarterback does.

"He usually does a great job extending the play and making a play," Shanahan said. "And it's unfortunate what happened."

The Falcons owned the rest of the game, except for one miscommunication on defense that allowed Cousins to find Santana Moss for a 77-yard touchdown pass. Take away that play, and the rookie from Michigan State threw for just 34 yards and two interceptions.

"With Robert not being in there, definitely allowed them to change up their scheme," said Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who ran 115 yards on 18 carries. "They were flying downhill a lot faster. It definitely affected our running game. Once he wasn't in anymore, they were just able to pin their ears back."

Ryan finished with 34 completions on 52 attempts for 345 yards with two touchdowns and one interception — a screen pass picked off by Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and run back 28 yards for the game's first score. Ryan also fumbled away a snap, Atlanta's first lost fumble of the season.

Tony Gonzalez caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Jones had 10 receptions for 94 yards. White snagged four passes for 68 yards. Turner ran for 67 yards on 18 carries. Impressive numbers — until you remember that Washington has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

Still, it was enough.

"I don't know why you want to ask me any questions," White joked when he saw reporters at his locker. "We stunk it up in early in the game."

Notes: Washington K Billy Cundiff — already on thin ice after missing three field goals the previous week — was wide right from 31 yards in the second quarter. He made a 23-yarder on the play after Griffin was injured. ... Dunta Robinson and Thomas DeCoud had the fourth-quarter interceptions for the Falcons. ... Atlanta injuries: RB Antone Smith (hamstring) and LB Stephen Nicholas (ankle).

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