ATLANTA (WNN) – 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.
With family and friends cheering him on in the metro area where he grew up, Heinike completed 23 of 33 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns—two of them in the final 3:52 against Washington (2-2). To take it out.
Both were vintage Henki, seemingly improvised out of thin air.
“I think it’s something I’ve been doing all my life,” he said. “It’s a good part of my game.”
First, Heinicke knocks out Dante Fowler Jr. and delivers an off-balance throw to his face with another rusher that Terry McLaurin manages to slip away from two defenders Hold Behind the end field for a 17-yard TD.
“No game is ever over when Taylor comes back,” McLaurin said. “I knew Taylor was going to give me a chance.”
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 any of the four potential goals open. McKissick slid right into the flat with no one around, Henicky looked at him, and hurled across the field.
“That was the fifth read,” said Henicky. “Nobody was open, so I needed to make a play.”
McKissick smashed the diving attempt of Deion Jones – the only man who had a chance to make a tackle – down the shore and pigeon on top of pylon for the winning score.
Heinicke’s heroics 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 stormed in a 42-yard pass From Matt Ryan to Atlanta’s longest scrimmage game this season, giving the Falcons an early 10-0 lead.
He added touchdown catches of 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.
“Obviously disappointing,” said Falcons first-year coach Arthur Smith. “We had many chances to win that game. we did not.”
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 to 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 they got injured while driving for a TD Davis took a short pass from Ryan and broke at least three tackles To get to the last area.
deandre carter He returned 101 yards in the second half for a touchdown, giving Washington a 19–14 lead.
Heineke’s first TD pass was a a 33-yard To McLaurin in the second quarter,
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 physically difficult 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 work the kickoff and the rest of the game.
Washington: Return next Sunday to face another NFC West team, the New Orleans Saints.
Falcons: Tottenham will travel to London next Sunday to take on the New York Jets at Hotspur Stadium.
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