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Rewarding Moments In Redskins History: Hall's Four Interceptions

Posted Oct 19, 2017

In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at DeAngelo Hall's four-interception game in Chicago.

In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at DeAngelo Hall's four-interception game in Chicago.

Maybe it was because his family was in the stadium, or maybe because Bears quarterback Jay Cutler just enjoyed throwing his way. Whatever the case, cornerback DeAngelo Hall had a career game in Chicago, one of the greatest in NFL history.

Seven years ago, on Oct. 24 at Soldier Field, Hall put on a show at cornerback, intercepting four passes in the second half, tying a league-high mark, and returning one of them 92 yards for a score en route to a Redskins 17-14 victory.

Hall could barely realize what he accomplished after the game.

"It's kind of mind blowing," he said. "I had my mom, my aunt, and my two cousins in the stands. The first ball went to my mom, the second ball went to my aunt and the next thing you knew everybody had a ball."

The highlight of the day, and the play that gave the Redskins a lead they would hold onto for good, came with Washington trailing 14-10 in the third quarter. The Bears were driving and reached the Redskins’ 13-yard line.

Forced under pressure, Cutler made a throw off his back foot to the right sideline where Hall jumped in front of Johnny Knox to make a spectacular one-handed catch. But he wasn’t done, sprinting down the sideline into the end zone.

London Fletcher called it the “sickest” interception he had ever seen.

Hall’s three other interceptions were also impressive. His first one was a diving stab in front of Devin Hester. His third came deep in Bears territory, where he nabbed an off-target pass. The fourth and final pick came with just more than two minutes left in the game, when Hall leaped for a deep ball that was overthrown.

“There's no reason to shy away from him,” Cutler said afterward, saving face. “I mean that's hard for me to say throwing four picks to the guy, but I still think if we had to play him tomorrow, I'd go after him every time."

I’m sure Hall would have relished the opportunity.

For one of the few times in his life, wide receiver Art Monk was nervous before an NFL game.

On the eve of the Redskins’ Monday Night Football matchup with the Broncos at RFK Stadium, Monk knew he had the opportunity to break the NFL receptions record.

He wanted to get it out of the way, and so did the Redskins, who faced the Eagles the next week and wanted Monk’s attention, and the team’s attention, on their division rival.

For a moment, on that Oct.12 night, it looked as though the record would have to wait. The Redskins were crushing the Broncos and throwing the ball wasn’t particularly practical as the fourth quarter ran down. But head coach Joe Gibbs pressed on.

He called three pass plays in a row for the eventual Hall of Famer during a final fourth quarter drive.

The third pass was the record-setter, a 10-yard throw from Mark Rypien that Monk caught by the Broncos sideline with just more than three minutes left to play. The reception made history, pushing past Steve Largent, and Monk was quickly lifted into the air by his teammates to celebrate.

"I knew it was for the record. It was a play designed for me to catch," Monk said after the Redskins’ eventual 34-3 victory. "I'm glad it's over. I was nervous before the game--that's something I'm not used to. I was glad to be able to do it here."

With the game in hand, those that didn’t leave early for traffic were rewarded for their patience and roared for their wide receiver.

Monk finished the night with seven catches for 69 yards and would finish his career with 940 receptions, now 17th overall on the all-time receptions list in NFL history.

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