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Four takeaways from the Commanders’ 19-13 win over the Falcons

Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. is stopped after a first down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Commanders improved to 7-5 with a 19-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field.

Here are four takeaways from the game.

Kendall Fuller’s interception lets Commanders survive for third straight win

Interception helps seal crucial win: The Commanders’ streak of six consecutive games with at least one takeaway was in jeopardy when the Falcons were driving for the potential go-ahead score in the final two minutes — but Washington’s defense stepped up when it mattered most. Daron Payne managed to get a hand on Atlanta quarterback Marcus Mariota’s second-down pass from the Washington 4-yard line, deflecting it into the arms of cornerback Kendall Fuller in the end zone.

The Commanders have 13 takeaways over the past seven weeks. Sunday’s victory, their sixth during that stretch, gave them a two-game advantage over the Falcons in the NFC playoff picture and moved Ron Rivera’s squad within a half-game of the 7-4 New York Giants ahead of their meeting at MetLife Stadium next week.

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