The Atlanta Falcons were marching down the field in the fourth quarter to potentially win the game on the road against the Washington Commanders, but the ball was batted at the line of scrimmage and picked off in the end zone by Kyle Fuller Jr. Washington defeated Atlanta in rainy conditions at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland by a final score of 19-13.
This was a huge win for the Commanders because they are looking at a potential showdown for a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs next weekend on the road against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Washington is currently eighth in the NFC. New York will either be seventh or sixth in the NFC depending if the Seattle Seahawks can beat the Las Vegas Raiders or not.
The Commanders have won their last five out of six games ever since Taylor Heinicke became the starting quarterback ever since Carson Wentz went out due to injury. Heinicke completed 14-of-23 passes for 138 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He has changed the attitude of this football team ever since he came into the lineup for them.
A lot of credit also has to go to head coach Ron Rivera for turning this thing around. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio deserves some as well and so does offensive coordinator Scott Turner also for them.
Their defense has played better also in that span. The two touchdown passes he threw in this football game for Washington were in the first quarter from 14 yards out to running back Brian Robinson Jr. and a 16-yard touchdown pass to John Bates in the third quarter.
Robinson Jr. was the leading rusher for the Commanders' offense with 105 yards rushing on 18 carries and zero touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 20 yards receiving and a score.
Terry McLaurin was the Washington Commanders leading receiver in this football game with four receptions for 48 yards receiving.
John Bates caught three passes for 24 yards receiving for Washington. Antonio Gibson rushed for 32 yards on nine carries and also caught three passes for 22 yards receiving.
As for the Atlanta Falcons, they are still alive to potentially win the AFC South because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) lost 23-17 in overtime on the road against the Cleveland Browns (4-7).
The Washington Commanders (7-5) will have their biggest game of the year on the road next Sunday, 12/4, in an NFC East showdown for a potential playoff spot against the New York Giants (7-4).
The Atlanta Falcons (5-7) will host the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7) next Sunday 12/4 at home.