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Falcons try to snap four-game losing streak

Nov 28, 2006 - 10:18 PM Atlanta (5-6) at Washington (4-7) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

LANDOVER, Maryland (Ticker) -- Michael Vick's frustrations with the Atlanta Falcons' fading playoff hopes already have been seen.

Vick and the Falcons try to snap a four-game losing streak Sunday when they visit the Washington Redskins.

Just like last season when they started 6-2 before they lost six of their last eight games, the Falcons are in the midst of another collapse. They have not won since a 5-2 start.

Last week, the Falcons continued their losing ways in a 31-13 setback to New Orleans.

Vick, who rushed for a season-high 166 yards but threw for just 84, let his emotions get the best of him at the end of the contest when he made an obscene gesture at a fan while leaving the field.

"I would have never thought that six years into my career I would ever do something like that," Vick said. "It will never happen again. Never."

Falcons coach Jim Mora said the incident was isolated.

"Mike offered a very sincere apology and that's all I can say about it," Mora said. "He obviously felt bad about it. He came forward right away and issued an apology and I'll let it stand at that.

"To me that's out of character for Mike, what he did. The Mike Vick I know, he appreciates the fans. It was more of just real frustration. I know he's contrite. His apology stated that."

Mora, who is in his third season, also may be starting to feel some heat. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said a losing record at the end of the season would be "unacceptable."

Atlanta is in third place in the NFC South, but just one game out of the conference's last wild card spot.

With only slim playoff hopes, the Redskins are 1-1 since Jason Campbell replaced veteran Mark Brunell as the club's starting quarterback.

Campbell threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Cooley with 4:26 remaining last week in a 17-13 victory over Carolina.

In his first two starts, Campbell has completed 30-of-57 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

The game should have some extra significance for Redskins running back T.J. Duckett, who spent his first four seasons with the Falcons before being acquired in a three-team trade in August.

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