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20 Memorable Moments at FedExField

Posted Mar 23, 2012

The Redskins have completed 15 seasons at FedExField, the team’s playing facility in Landover, Md.'s Gary Fitzgerald takes a look back at 20 memorable Redskins moments.

The Redskins have completed 15 seasons at FedExField, the team’s playing facility in Landover, Md.

Here’s a look back at 20 memorable Redskins moments:

20. Sept. 12, 2010

Prior to the Redskins' season opener vs. Dallas, the team launched a week-long campaign -- including "Honk If You Hate Dallas" day and a pep rally -- to build excitement for the start of the football season. The Redskins opened the Mike Shanahan era on Sunday Night Football, but it was cornerback DeAngelo Hall who stole the show. With seconds left in the first half, Hall poked the football loose from running back Tashard Choice, scooped up the fumble and raced 32 yards for a touchdown, sparking a 13-7 Redskins victory.

19. Oct. 31, 1999

One of the more humorous scenes in Redskins history took place in the course of a 48-22 win over the Chicago Bears. Burly defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson intercepted a Shane Matthews pass and raced 88 yards down the sidelines for a TD. Never known for his foot speed, Wilkinson could have handed the ball off to a member of his blocking convoy, which included Darrell Green, the fastest man on the team. But the 6-4, 340-pound "Big Daddy" chose to hold on to his interception as he lumbered down the sidelines and into the end zone.

18. Oct. 1, 2000

Playing against Tampa Bay, the team that had knocked them out of the 1999 playoffs just 10 months earlier, the Redskins rallied for a 17-14 win in overtime. In this one, the Redskins were sparked by none other than "Prime Time." Deion Sanders returned a punt 57 yards in the overtime session to set up Michael Husted’s game-winning 20-yard field goal. Sanders, known for his exceptional talents as a punt returner, had entered the game with a lowly average of 3.4 yards per punt return on the season. After his flamboyant 57-yard effort, Sanders told reporters: "All you doubters, there’s room on the bandwagon."

17. Oct. 15, 2000

Kevin Mitchell intercepted a pass at the Redskins’ 1-yard line, Kenard Lang produced a memorable "Party Like a Rock Star" sack dance and Stephen Davis ran over Rod Woodson en route to a 33-yard touchdown as the Redskins won the "Battle of the Beltways" 10-3 over Baltimore. Davis finished with 21 carries for 91 yards and James Thrash had six catches for 62 yards as the Redskins improved to 5-2. The Redskins faltered down the stretch, though, while the Ravens would go on to become Super Bowl champions.

16. Dec. 6, 2007

The Redskins attended Sean Taylor’s funeral in Miami on Monday, and three days later hosted the Chicago Bears. Then starting quarterback Jason Campbell went down with a knee injury. With the game scoreless late in the second quarter, Shawn Springs intercepted a Brian Griese pass and returned it 53 yards. On the next play, backup QB Todd Collins and backup tight end Todd Yoder hooked up for a 21-yard touchdown. It sparked the Redskins to a 24-16 win and was the first of a four-game winning streak that propelled the club to a playoff berth.

15. Sept. 14, 2008

The Redskins trailed the New Orleans Saints 24-15 midway through the fourth quarter. Faced with a 2nd-and-22 at the 6-yard line, Jason Campbell threw a 23-yard strike to Chris Cooley. It was the key play in an 8-play, 82-yard touchdown drive. After the Redskins’ defense forced a 3-and-out, Campbell sidestepped a blitz and threw deep to Santana Moss. The duo connected on a 67-yard touchdown for the game-winning score. FedExField erupted as Moss celebrated -- and Antwaan Randle El showcased his athleticism by leaping over the 5-foot-9 Moss in the end zone.

14. Sept. 14, 1997

In the first-ever regular season game at FedExField, the Redskins edged Arizona 19-13 in overtime. Gus Frerotte threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook to decide the game. The Cards had won the coin toss at the start of the overtime period, but rookie defensive lineman Kenard Lang stripped running back Leeland McElroy of the football and linebacker Derek Smith recovered, putting the Redskins in scoring position.

13. Sept. 4, 2003

The Redskins and New York Jets opened the 2003 season in a Thursday night, nationally televised contest. The Redskins had acquired four Jets the previous offseason--guard Randy Thomas, wide receiver Laveranues Coles, running back Chad Morton and kicker John Hall, the so-called “Jet”-skins--adding to the night’s drama. Patrick Ramsey led a fourth quarter drive to set up Hall for a game-clinching 33-yard field goal in a 16-13 win.

12. Oct. 27, 2002

The Redskins edged Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 26-21 in a Sunday Night ESPN matchup that coincided with the halftime celebration honoring the 70 Greatest Redskins. Redskins legends Joe Gibbs, John Riggins, Sonny Jurgensen, Art Monk and Darrell Green were among those to receive lengthy and boisterous cheers when their names were announced to Redskins fans. Green played in the game and recorded four tackles.

11. Sept. 11, 2011

On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Redskins hosted a moving tribute to the victims prior to the season opener against the New York Giants at FedExField. Players from both teams stood side by side with victims' families and first responders from Arlington County, Va., in unfurling a U.S. flag that covered the length of the playing field. Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, took part in the pre-game coin toss. The Redskins would go on to win the game 28-14. Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, playing in his first NFL game, picked off an Eli Manning pass and raced 9 yards for a touchdown to spark the Redskins.

10. Oct. 1, 2006

Santana Moss and Mark Brunell stunned the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 36-30 overtime thriller. The Jaguars were led by quarterback Byron Leftwich, who grew up in Washington, D.C., as a Redskins fan sneaking into RFK Stadium to watch games. It was a back-and-forth affair, but the Jaguars tied it at 30-30 with six second left in regulation. The Redskins won the coin toss, and in overtime Moss caught a 20-yard pass from Brunell, split two defenders and raced 68 yards in all for the game-winning score. It was Moss’s third touchdown catch of the game and helped Brunell top his former team.

9. Oct. 21, 2001

The Redskins, 0-5 when they hosted Carolina, fell behind 14-0 in the fourth quarter. But then LaVar Arrington picked off a Chris Weinke pass and raced 67 yards for the TD that gave the Redskins life. Rod Gardner’s 85-yard TD catch off of a Tony Banks pass tied the game with :12 left. Brett Conway’s 23-yard field goal in overtime won it for Washington. The Redskins would go on to become the first 0-5 team in NFL history to go on a five-game winning streak. They made a late postseason push but finished at 8-8.

8. Dec. 24, 2005

Pummeled 36-0 eight weeks earlier at the Meadowlands, the Redskins put together a solid 35-20 win over the Giants on Christmas Eve. In the second half, Patrick Ramsey took over for the injured Mark Brunell and finished off the job. Santana Moss was spectacular, grabbing 17- and 59-yard TD passes from Brunell and a 72-yard TD catch from Ramsey. The Giants had won the first 2005 matchup in convincing style, which was staged a few days after the death of longtime team owner Wellington Mara. Tiki Barber had embarrassed the Redskins’ defense with a career-high 206 rushing yards in the Oct. 30 matchup. Following the Redskins’ win on Christmas Eve, Barber, held to a modest 80 yards on 16 carries, was quoted as saying: "Washington has momentum, a deep-seated desire and a purpose."

7. Dec. 2, 2007

Sadness swept over FedExField as the Redskins organization and its fans mourned the tragic death of safety Sean Taylor just five days earlier. Fans left flowers, cards and mementos at a makeshift memorial outside the stadium. The team hosted a pre-game tribute to Taylor, including a moving four-minute video on the Jumbotron. The Redskins lost to the Buffalo Bills 17-16, a disappointment to be sure, but this was a day devoted to the memory of Taylor.

6. Dec. 29, 2002

In an emotional farewell, Darrell Green said goodbye to Redskins fans with a lap around the field. After 20 seasons in the NFL, Green, the face of the franchise for many seasons, called it a career. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 20-14 to end a 10-game losing skid versus their arch-rivals. LaVar Arrington and Daryl Gardener led the Redskins’ defense; Arrington recovered a Dallas fumble in the end zone for a score. Said cornerback Champ Bailey: "Beating Dallas and sending Darrell off with a win? You can’t do much better than that."

5. Sept. 12, 2004

The legend returned. Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs made his FedExField debut in the 2004 regular season opener, returning to the NFL sidelines after 11 years. He was greeted with a loud ovation as he walked out of the tunnel and onto the field. Against Tampa Bay, the Redskins squeaked out a hard-fought 16-10 win. It was running back Clinton Portis, acquired in a trade the previous offseason, who provided the highlight, as he broke loose for a 64-yard touchdown on his first carry as a Redskin. He finished the game with 148 rushing yards on 29 carries. The victory was also the 500th regular season win in franchise history.

4. Nov. 5, 2006

Troy Vincent wasn’t a Redskin for very long before he started one of the most incredible plays in team history. Tied 19-19 against arch-rival Dallas, Vincent blocked a last-second Mike Vanderjagt field goal try that would have given the Cowboys a win. Sean Taylor’s return and a Dallas penalty gave second-year kicker and Maryland alum Nick Novak--who moments earlier had missed a 49-yard attempt -- a chance to win it for the Redskins. He did just that, with a 47-yard field goal just inside the uprights, lifting Washington.

3. Dec. 30, 2007

Heading into the final regular season game against Dallas, the Redskins had won three straight and needed a win to secure a Wild Card playoff berth. They got it, with a 27-6 win before a record-setting FedExField crowd. Clinton Portis rushed for two touchdowns, while the defense yielded just seven first downs and 1 rushing yard in the game. Santana Moss caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Todd Collins in the fourth quarter to start the celebration. For many players, the Redskins’ 21-point victory margin called to mind the late Sean Taylor, who wore jersey No. 21.

2. Jan. 8, 2000

The Redskins returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 1992 campaign with a 27-13 Wild Card round win over Detroit. Tre’ Johnson and Robert Porcher of the Lions were ejected following a scuffle. Albert Connell took in a 30-yard TD strike from Brad Johnson just before halftime as the Redskins went up 27-0. Stephen Davis dominated, with 15 carries, 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Larry Centers had seven catches out of the backfield. Champ Bailey and Matt Stevens intercepted Gus Frerotte, the ex-Redskin who was Detroit’s quarterback.

1. Dec. 18, 2005

Energized by a raucous crowd, the Redskins clobbered Dallas 35-7, marking the first sweep over the Cowboys since the 1995 season. The Redskins scored twice in the final 1:25 of the second quarter to go up 28-0 and put the game away. Chris Cooley scored three touchdowns and Clinton Portis rushed for 112 yards in the one-sided win. On defense, Phillip Daniels had four sacks of Drew Bledsoe and Marcus Washington added two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception that set up a touchdown. The win solidified the Redskins as legitimate playoff contenders; they clinched a postseason berth two weeks later at Philadelphia.



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