--Redskins lead the regular season series 14-6-1
--Redskins lead the playoff series 1-0 (1991)
--Redskins won the first meeting in October of 1966, 33-20
--Falcons did not win in Washington until 1994
--Including playoffs, the Redskins own the longest streak in the series (5 games) from 1989-1993
--Teams did not meet in the season 1995-2002, the longest drought in the series
--Redskins are 5-4-1 at Atlanta (1-1 in the Georgia Dome) and 10-2 at home (including playoffs) although the 2 losses have come in each of the past two meetings in DC (1994 and 2006).
--Games have generally not been all that close...7 of the previous 8 meetings have been decided by 7 or more points
Another oppoent for which the history is hardly rich....not a lot to see here, but a few do stand out:
1987: Very vague memories here...Falcons won at Fulton County Stadium 21-20...a missed extra point helped do us in and I remember Gerald Riggs scoring the go ahead touchdown for the Falcons late in the game.
1989: Also in Atlanta, this was one year before I learned about satellite dishes and going to sportsbars, so I followed this game via the in-game updates of whatever game was on locally that day. It was a wild affair with both QBs pushing the 400 yard passing mark. Late afternoon game nearing Christmas, Redskins won 31-30, but I want to say we were officially eliminated from playoff contention that day?
1991: Everything from 1991 stands out to me, and this one is pretty vivid. We were absolutely on fire that day. Rypien just kept dropping back and throwing post patterns to the Posse' for touchdowns. We embarrassed Atlanta that day 56-17. Rypien had three TD passes of 60 yards or more and he finished with 450 yards total. A backup QB named Brett Favre came in to mop things up for the Falcons...he promptly three to picks...one of which was returned for a TD.
1991 (playoffs): The infamous "Seat Cushion Game" played in the mud and the muck. We had a lot of pretty wins in 1991, but this was not one of them. It was workmanlike. We only led 14-7 at the half, but I had no doubts at all that eventually we'd wear them down. We made some adjustments in the second half and Atlanta couldn't get anything going. Ultimately, 6 turnovers doomed the Falcons to a 24-7 loss. In addition to the seat cushions raining down, I also have an image of our long snapper, John Brandes doing some crazy dance on the sidelines.
1992: Only remember this because it was played on my 15th birthday. Desmond Howard took a punt to the house, but Deion went 99 on the ensuing kickoff to offset the points. Kurt Gouviea picked off Chris Miller in the end zone to preseve a 24-17 win.
1994: A 27-20 loss in RFK, only remember it because we wore our throwbacks that day.
2003: If there was a "high point" in the Spurrier/Ramsey era this was it. We went to the Georgia Dome for the first time ever and improved to 2-0 on the year with a 33-31 win after getting down 17-0 early. Not gonna lie, I thought 2003 was going to be a big year after that win (356 passing yards from Ramsey??). Of course it was all fool's gold, but that was a good day.
That's really all I've got...our two most recent loss to the Falcons both came later in the year in terrible seasons for the Redskins when the game didn't really matter.