ATLANTA—It looked like the Redskins were going to pull out a miracle win and steal a road win from the Falcons. But instead, cornerback Robert Alford got the steal, picking off a Kirk Cousins pass and rolling 59 yards for a game-winning touchdown in overtime.
It was a tough loss but, as Gruden said, “None of them are easier than any others.”
The Redskins had tied a back-and-forth game at 19 at the end of regulation. They were on the move and had second and eight at midfield.
“We throw a pass out there, the receiver slips and falls, they get a pick six,” said Gruden. “I made a point to the team this week that a lot of these games are decided on bang-bang plays. Crucial plays, crucial situations and today Atlanta make some of them.”
The receiver was Ryan Grant, who appeared to slip while running a route as the hot receiver against a Falcons blitz.
“It was hot off the left side and I felt the need to get rid of the football rather than take a sack and kill the drive and threw it,” said Cousins. “The guy made a great play and that was it.”
Gruden was frustrated discussing the play again.
“We had the momentum, we were moving the ball pretty well, we had it at midfield and Grant just slipped,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, I don’t know what to say on that.”
It was a hard-fought game that the Redskins had some chances to win. It was a good step forward for a team that has been road kill for the past few years, now 1-15 away from FedEx Field.
“We don’t get any moral victories in the NFL,” said Gruden.
The Redskins almost had a real victory but their chance literally slipped away from them.
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