The Redskins opened the second half against the Atlanta Falcons with an impressive drive. The offense moved the ball with confidence: Jason Campbell completed a 15-yard pass to Santana Moss and Ladell Betts picked up 14 yards on a run behind Chris Samuels.
At the Falcons' 21-yard line, Campbell dropped back to pass under intense pressure from safety Lawyer Milloy. He tried to toss the ball away, instead of taking a sack, but the ball ended up in the arms of defensive end Chauncey Davis.
Davis rumbled 41 yards the other way, setting up Atlanta's go-ahead touchdown as the Redskins lost to the Falcons 24-14 at FedExField.
Chalk it up to another learning experience for the second-year quarterback.
"I tried to shake him," Campbell said of the play. "[The pass rusher] grabbed the back of my jersey. I tried to throw it away to set up good field goal position."
Head coach Joe Gibbs called the opening drive and the interception "frustrating." But he knew there would be in-game lessons for Campbell when he turned over the reins of the offense to the young quarterback.
Campbell finished the game 18-of-38 for 218 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. His QB rating was 52.3. Campbell was victimized by several dropped passes, however.
"Certainly, there are a lot of plays in there that Jason would like to have back," Gibbs said. "It was a learning experience for him. He's a young guy. It was a tough day for him. That's a process they have to go through sometimes. You hope it wouldn't happen but I'm sure when we look at the film it will be a very good learning experience for Jason.
"It will be something he takes a look at and will be a better player because of it."
Added Campbell: "There are certain situations in each game that you can learn from. You try to take something from it. Overall, you've got to keep fighting."
Earlier in the game, Campbell impressed on a 42-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. The Redskins had success running the ball with Betts, who totaled 155 rushing yards in the game, and that helped set up play-action.
Moss leaped above cornerback Allen Rossum and safety Chris Crocker to make the catch and roll into the end zone for the score.
"Santana did a good job of keeping the corner from making a play and in the end he got the ball."
Sunday's game was the first time that Campbell and Moss developed a rhythm in the passing game. Moss has been slowed by a hamstring injury in recent weeks, but he was back at full health for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Moss finished the game with a team-high seven receptions for 124 yards.
Fellow wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had two catches for 26 yards and appeared to be frustrated at times as he tries to get more integrated into the Redskins' offense. But no matter what, he is staying in Campbell's corner.
"It's going to take some time with Jason," Lloyd said. "I said when he first got the job that people need to go easy on him. If he starts out great, don't label him the next Joe Namath, and if he started out tough, don't label him the next bust. Just give the kid a shot."