WASHINGTON — D.J. Swearinger had never had a two-interception game before Sunday.
He got it done on back-to-back passes, in a momentum shift that almost got his team back in the game:
These were technically Swearinger’s first interceptions as a member of the Redskins, whose only other takeaway was on a failed two-point conversion earlier this season.
That’s a stellar day for anyone, especially the captain of the defense, who showed up to Sunday’s game wearing a Falcons Deion Sanders jersey.
After the game, wearing that same jersey, he put aside his personal accomplishments and focused on the disappointment of losing as a team.
“I put my heart into this s—. Y’know, it’s not a facade. I don’t do this s— for show,” he told the assembled media. “I put my heart into this. I got a love and passion for this game like no other so I put in a lot of hard work day-in and day-out.
“I’m just going to keep working and getting my guys ready the best that I know how. But we’ve got to do this together. That’s the only way we’re going to get it done.”
The Redskins yielded a season-high 38 points to a team not known for its offensive firepower. It was also another game in which they yielded 400 yards of offense.
Part of the problem was a lack of pressure, where the Redskins failed to record a single sack for the first time in two years. At 32 straight game, it had been the longest such streak in the NFL and was the second-longest in Redskins history.
After the game, cornerback Josh Norman faced the music on one of his shakier performances of the year.
“We didn’t deserve to win today. We’ve got to be better at it and we will be,” Norman said. “I shoulder that and we’ll take it on the chin. We’re going to hold our heads high and keep moving forward.”