Sun Sentinel
National Football League
        === Falcons stay unbeaten with hard-earned win in Washington ===
 Landover,  MD (Sports Network) - Michael Turner ran for the go-ahead touchdown
 with 2:46 left to play and the Atlanta Falcons gutted out a 24-17 victory over
 the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field.
 Turner  was  bottled up for most  of the day, running  for just 67 yards on 18
 carries,  but broke  through for  a 13-yard  sprint to  the end  zone when  it
 mattered  most  for the Falcons,  who are 5-0 for  the first time in franchise
 Matt Ryan threw for 345 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 34-of-52
 efficiency  for  Atlanta. Tony Gonzalez had  a huge day receiving, catching 13
 passes  for 123 yards  and a touchdown, while Julio Jones snagged 10 balls for
 94 yards and a score.
 "It  was a real  battle this week on the road," Falcons coach Mike Smith said.
 "I'm  really proud  of  our guys.  We showed  some  resiliency throughout  the
 Robert  Griffin  III connected on  10-of-15 passes for  91 yards, but left the
 game   after  taking   a  shot  to  the  head  from  Falcons  linebacker  Sean
 Kirk Cousins took over under center and threw for 111 yards, one score and two
 interceptions  on 5-of-9  passing for Washington (2-3), which lost at home for
 the eighth consecutive game.
 Rookie  sixth-round  draft pick Alfred Morris  ran for 115 yards on 18 carries
 for  the  Redskins, while  Santana Moss caught  two passes for  80 yards and a
 touchdown in the setback.
 "They  controlled  the tempo of the  game," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.
 "We had some opportunities to get some momentum going, but couldn't make those
 third downs. We've got to make more of our third downs."
 With  the  game tied at  17-17 and  5:40 left on  the clock, the Falcons began
 their  decisive  drive on their  own 31.  Facing 2nd-and-9 from near midfield,
 Ryan stepped up in the pocket and hit Jones deep down the left sideline for 29
 yards to the Washington 22.
 Two  plays  later, Turner went  off left guard  for the 13-yard touchdown run,
 putting the Falcons ahead for good.
 Washington  got two more possessions following Turner's touchdown, but Cousins
 was picked off on both series to seal the result for Atlanta.
 After both offenses struggled through the first quarter, it was the Washington
 defense  that put  the first  points of  the game  on the  board early  in the
 Facing a 3rd-and-5 from the Atlanta 38-yard line, Ryan took a quick three-step
 drop and fired right into the path of Ryan Kerrigan, who snatched the ball and
 took it 28 yards the other way for the touchdown and a 7-0 Washington lead.
 Washington had an opportunity to widen the lead late in the second quarter, as
 Morris  sparked a 7-play drive to the Atlanta 13 with gains of 20 and 29 yards
 on  consecutive plays.  However, Billy  Cundiff  missed a  31-yard field  goal
 attempt, keeping it a 7-0 game.
 Atlanta began its final drive of the opening half with 2:16 on the clock. Ryan
 completed  seven passes on the eight-play trek to the Washington goal line and
 finished  it with  a 1-yard  touchdown strike  to Gonzalez  in the  back right
 corner of the end zone.
 The Redskins began their second drive of the second half at the Falcons 39 and
 moved down to the Atlanta three, where they faced a 3rd-and-3.
 On  that play,  Griffin scrambled to the  right sideline, but was short of the
 first  down after  taking  the hit  that  knocked  him out  of  the game  from
 Weatherspoon. Cundiff was good from 23 yards out to give the Redskins the 10-7
 Atlanta  bridged the third and fourth quarters with a 6-play, 47-yard drive to
 the  Washington  18, with Ryan  finishing the  march with an 18-yard touchdown
 strike  to Jones in the back left corner of the end zone that gave the Falcons
 the lead for the first time at 14-10.
 Cousins  and  the Redskins answered  right back with a  big play on their next
 drive,  however,  as the Michigan  State product hooked  up with Moss over the
 middle for a 77-yard touchdown pass to put Washington back on top, 17-14.
 The  Falcons responded  with a 9-play, 45-yard drive which culminated in a 53-
 yard  field goal  off the leg of Matt  Bryant that tied the game at 17-17 with
 7:42 to play.
                                   Game Notes
 Washington  leads  the all-time  series between  the teams, 15-7-1 ...Cousins'
 touchdown  pass to Moss was the first of his career ... Bryant is 10-for-10 on
 field  goal attempts this season and has kicked 23 consecutive field goals ...
 Atlanta  racked up  421 yards of offense, while Washington had 316 total yards
 ...  The Falcons went 9-of-17 on third down, while the Redskins converted just
 1-of-9 third-down chances.
 10/07 19:00:05 ET