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13 years later and Santana Moss' 'Monday Night Miracle' still brings up the best memories

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13 years later and Santana Moss' 'Monday Night Miracle' still brings up the best memories

Santana Moss was disgusted.

The 2005 Redskins had gone seven-plus quarters to start the season without a touchdown and the team's explosive new receiver couldn't believe it.

He was also confused as to why he had practiced a certain route plenty before Week 2's Monday night showdown with the Cowboys but hadn't been asked to run that route once during the contest.

So, No. 89 was down — and Clinton Portis could tell. That's when Portis went over to let Joe Gibbs know about Moss' gripe, which led to Gibbs meeting with Moss and telling him to be ready to run a "dino," otherwise known as a post-corner-post.

That turned out to be a smart decision for all involved.

Moss ended up burning the Cowboys secondary twice with the same pattern — one for 39 yards and the other for 70 — in a span of three minutes and 55 seconds. Behind those Mark Brunell-Moss connections, the 'Skins stunned their rivals 14-13 in what is known in D.C. as the "Monday Night Miracle." 

Sept. 19, 2018, marks the 13-year anniversary of the Miracle, which is one of the few moments from the 2000s that Burgundy and Gold fans can proudly look back on. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find a sequence from this century that conjures up nostalgia quicker than that two-touchdown flurry.

What's interesting is the parallel you can draw from that Washington team to this one that's 1-1 to start in 2018.

The current group is stalling on offense, too; sure, they've had more success putting up points than Gibbs' 2005 bunch, but Alex Smith and his receivers have yet to really find that spark.

Look back at 2005, though, and you'll understand how quickly that can all change. Perhaps Smith and Co. will find that connection all of the sudden, too.

Regardless, while every Redskins supporter is rightly concerned with how their squad will handle the upcoming matchup with the Packers, there's nothing wrong with taking a few minutes to reflect on the past.

In fact, it's the perfect time to reflect on all that can happen in just a few minutes.


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Robert Griffin III fires back at Santana Moss over Shanahan report

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Robert Griffin III fires back at Santana Moss over Shanahan report

When the NFL world last heard from Robert Griffin III, he was shooting jumpshots in Estonia.

The pickup backetball game made for funny video, and it seemed while RGIII wasn't playing football, he was in a good place having fun with his life.

On Monday, former Redskins WR — and CSN Mid-Atlantic NFL analyst —Santana Moss told a different story about Griffin.

In an interview on 106.7 The Fan, Moss explained that Griffin bragged about his role in the firing of former Washington coach Mike Shanahan. 

"I love you as a person, bro, as much as I know from how you came into these doors, that was the dumbest mistake you could ever make in this league," Moss said of Griffin while speaking with radio host Chad Dukes .

The wideout explained that after Shanahan benched RGIII late in the 2013 season, Griffin was mad, understandably.

But when the Redskins fired Shanahan, RGIII "took some credit" in the coaching move.

Tuesday morning, Griffin took to social media to share his side of the story.



Clearly RGIII doesn't agree with Moss' version of events. It also needs to be clarified that Moss' comments did not blame Griffin for Shanahan's firing. Rather, the former Miami Hurricane implied that karma caught up with RGIII after the Shanahan affair, and that is a part of why he is no longer in the NFL. 

Moss played with Griffin the last three years of his career, and in 2012 the duo found great success.

RGIII was the NFL Rookie of the Year and Moss caught eight touchdowns as the Redskins won the NFC East. In 2013, the team bottomed out as RGIII could not recover from a knee injury and ended the season on the bench.  

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Former Redskins WR Santana Moss set to become AFL broadcaster

Former Redskins WR Santana Moss set to become AFL broadcaster

Former Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss will provide color commentary for the Washington Valor, Monumental Sports Network announced Tuesday.

Moss will work alongside 106.7 The Fan host Grant Paulsen who was announced as the Valor’s play-by-play announcer in December.

Moss, who played 10 seasons with the Redskins from 2005-14, has been a contributor on CSN and 106.7 The Fan’s “Chad Dukes vs. The World” since the end of his playing days.

The Valor is a new Arena League Football team owned by Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment group. Leonsis’ group also owns the Baltimore Brigade, another expansion franchise in the league debuting this season.

Brent Harris, who formerly covered the Ravens for CSN, and former Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail, a CSN contributor, will handle play-by-play and color commentary for the Brigade.

The Valor will play the Brigade at the Verizon Center on April 7 in what will be both teams’ first game.

The games will be available on at a subscription fee cost of $12.99 per month.

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