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Rewarding Moments In Redskins History: Redskins Open Up New Home With Win

In today’s Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at the first game at FedExField in 1997 that ended in a miraculous overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

After starting the season with two games on the road, the time had finally come for the Redskins to open up their new home.

The first-ever regular season game at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium (now FedExField) was finally played on Sept. 14, 1997, with the Redskins taking on the Arizona Cardinals.

The first home game certainly did not disappoint, with both teams locked at 13 at the end of regulation. To start the overtime period, the Cardinals won the toss and elected to receive the ball, putting all the momentum in their favor.

But just two plays into overtime, defensive end Kenard Lang and linebacker Marvcus Patton hit and stripped the ball from Cardinals running back Leeland McElroy. Linebacker Derek Smith then recovered the fumble, giving the Redskins the ball at the Arizona 35-yard line.

A 40-yard touchdown from quarterback Gus Frerotte to Michael Westbrook then won the game, 19-13, giving the Redskins their first in the new stadium’s history.

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