Taylor Heinke J. Advertised a 30-yard touchdown pass
ATLANTA – Taylor Heinicke advertised a 30-yard touchdown pass to JD McKisick with 33 seconds to spare as the Washington football team secured a 34-30 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Returning to the metro area, where he grew up, Heinke completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns—two of them in the final 3:52 to take it out for Washington (2-2).
Both were vintage Henki.
First, he knocked out Dante Fowler Jr. and delivered an off-balance throw with another rusher to his face, which Terry McLaurin, except two defenders, managed to catch behind the end zone for a 17-yard TD .
Washington is still trailing after Dustin Hopkins lost two extra points. Maintaining a 30-28 lead for the Falcons (1-3), Heinke threw high on a two-point conversion.
The Washington defense forced a punt giving Heinke another chance. He drove his team into field goal range, but it turned out that Hopkins was not needed.
Rolling to his left, Heinke didn’t see anyone open. McKissick slammed right into the flat with no one around, Henicky looked at him, and hurled across the field.
McKissick broke the diving attempt of Deion Jones – the only man who had a chance to make a tackle – down the shore and climbed onto the pylon for the winning score.
Heinicke’s heroism ruined a big day for Atlanta’s Cordarrell Patterson, who became the first Atlanta player to score three touchdowns in a game since 2018.
Patterson ran a 42-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Atlanta’s longest play from scrimmage this season, giving the Falcons an early 10-0 lead.
He added touchdown catches for 12 and 14 yards.
Patterson led the Falcons in receiving and running, finishing with five catches for 82 yards and six catches for 34 yards.
Ryan finished with four TD passes – his most since last season against Minnesota. He also joined Mike Davis in a 7-yard scoring play, which extended Atlanta’s lead to 30–22 after a controversial personal foul penalty on Chase Young allowed the Falcons to keep the ball.
In fourth, Ryan got away with a few rushers before taking a right forearm from Young near the facemask, knocking the quarterback down on one knee, before throwing a throw that was picked up by Washington.
Ryan was dismissed, but a penalty on Young allowed the Falcons to keep the ball. When Davis reached a short pass from Ryan and broke at least three tackles to get to the end zone, he stopped driving for TD.
Deandre Carter returned 101 yards in the second half for a touchdown, giving Washington a 19–14 lead.
Heinicke’s first TD pass in the second quarter was 33 yards to McLaurin,
Washington: TE Logan Thomas was ruled out of the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. … OG Brandon Sherf walked into the locker room in the third quarter with a knee injury after Hopkins blocked a 21-yard field goal. He didn’t return. … LB John Bostick (shoulder) and WR Cam Sims (hamstring) were also injured on a rough day for the visiting team.
Falcons: CB Isaiah Oliver was kicked off the field in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. … P Cameron Nizialek injured his right hamstring while kicking. He was able to limp back on the field to hold for kicker Yungho Koo at an extra point, but Koo had to perform duties for kickoff and the rest of the game.
Washington: Return next Sunday to face another NFC West team, the New Orleans Saints.
Falcons: Tottenham will fly to London next Sunday to take on the New York Jets at Hotspur Stadium.
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