The latest Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, focuses in on the dazzling, and unique, performance running back Clinton Portis displayed on the road in 2004.
His 34 rushes for 147 yards already made the day an impressive one. However, his rushing attack on that November day wasn’t his biggest impact in a win over the Lions.
Instead, it was Portis’ 15-yard touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles early in the third quarter that gave the Redskins a lead they would not relinquish in a 17-10 win over Detroit on Nov. 7, 2004.
The Redskins couldn’t get much going through the air as quarterback Mark Brunell was just 6-of-17 for 58 yards, so Washington turned to trickery as Portis found Coles on an option pass to put the Redskins up 10-3 with 10:25 remaining in the third. It was Portis’ first career touchdown pass, as he went on to throw a TD in 2005 and 2007 as well.
The Redskins added another touchdown later as Walt Harris returned a blocked punt 13 yards. Portis did the rest as he averaged 4.3 yards per carry on his way to one of his five 100-yard games that season.