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Rewarding Moments In Redskins History: Hall's Kick Beats The Jets

Posted Oct 12, 2017

In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards , we look back at John Hall's last second field goal to beat the Jets in the 2003 season opener.

In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at John Hall's game-winning field goal to beat the Jets in the 2003 season opener.

Redskins kicker John Hall admitted that he had dreamed the entire offseason about making a game-winning field goal to beat his former team, the Jets, in the 2003 season opener at FedExField.

On a Thursday night, the dream was fulfilled with a 33-yard field goal that split the uprights with five seconds left to propel the Redskins to a 16-13 victory.

"It's pretty much one of those stupid things you do when you're done practicing," said Hall after the game. "You make up those situations where you have this or that -- and I'm sure you know which team it was against."

Hall also nailed kicks from 50 and 22 yards to aid quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who went 17-23 passing for 185 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Laveranues Coles, who had also just come to Washington from New York and would be traded back to the Jets for Santana Moss in 2005, caught five passes for 106 yards, helping the Redskins get their third straight victory over the Jets at the time.

Ramsey set up the winning score with a 24-yard run to the Jets’ 31-yard line, where they wound down the clock for Hall’s try.

In the end, the “JetSkins” found a way to bury their former team.

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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