- Associated Press - Sunday, December 15, 2013

ATLANTA —  Kirk Cousins picked on an Atlanta secondary packed with first-year players all game long.

But the Falcons‘ top rookie had the last word.

Desmond Trufant deflected Cousins‘ pass on a potential winning 2-point conversion with 18 seconds remaining, and the Atlanta Falcons edged the Washington Redskins 27-26 on Sunday.

The Falcons (4-10) scored 20 points off seven Washington turnovers. The Redskins (3-11) tied a team record with five lost fumbles.


Cousins passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns but had three turnovers in his first start of the season after coach Mike Shanahan decided to bench Robert Griffin III. Griffin watched from the sideline.

Cousins’ touchdown pass to Santana Moss gave Washington a chance to force overtime by kicking the extra point.

Instead, Cousins‘ attempted go-ahead 2-point pass for Pierre Garcon was deflected by Trufant, the first-round pick who also had an interception.

Steven Jackson ran for 38 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta.

The Falcons started five rookies on defense, including three in the secondary.

The Falcons held out safety Thomas DeCoud, who is recovering from a concussion. Rookie safety Zeke Motta made his first start.

A sixth Atlanta rookie, offensive tackle Ryan Schraeder, made his first start.

Alfred Morris had 98 yards rushing, but lost two fumbles for Washington.

Cousins lost a fumble on the Redskins‘ first possession and set up the Falcons‘ go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter with his first of two interceptions.

Santana Moss fumbled a punt and also lost a fumble following a catch.

The Falcons led 24-20 with less than 6 minutes remaining before Trufant’s interception set up Matt Bryant’s 51-yard field goal.

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