ATLANTA - You probably want to clear the kids out of the room before watching the video above. Seriously. And if your heart sinks at the thought of poorly-played football, well ... you may wish to look elsewhere. But if you can stomach one of the nastiest three-play sequences this year — hell, in NFL history — then click away, friends.
On Sunday, the Falcons and the Redskins met in a clash of 3-10 teams — "clash" in the sense that two puppies nipping at a treat is a "clash," that is. The game was error-ridden, with nine turnovers (seven by Washington) and defenses with all the stopping power, and less of the mobility, of a sack of dog food.
Nowhere was this more evident than in the second quarter, where in a space of less than 30 seconds the teams combined for three turnovers on consecutive plays:
• Washington's Alfred Morris fumbled at the Atlanta 20; Malliciah Goodman stumbled and fell with an open field between him and the end zone.
• Atlanta's Matt Ryan fumbled on a sack, with the ball ending up in Brian Orakpo's hands.
• Kirk Cousins then completed a pass to Santana Moss, who twisted for a few extra yards before surrendering the ball himself to William Moore.
This may or may not be a record, but we sure can't locate any similar occurrence in NFL history. Regardless, this probably won't make the year-end highlight videos of either team — videos which are likely to be pretty short, in both cases.
The two fumbles didn't end up hurting Washington; the Falcons were unable to score on the ensuing drive. But they only contributed to the overall sense of futility in this game, which didn't end until the Falcons (barely) kept the Redskins out of the end zone for a would-be winning two-point conversion in the game's final seconds. Atlanta ended up with 27 points and Washington with 26, but to say the Falcons "won" this game might be overselling it a bit.