It happened against the same team. In the same stadium. And had the same consequences. Six days before the 10-year anniversary of Sean Taylor's fumble return for touchdown against the Eagles that sealed a playoff berth for Joe Gibbs' Redskins, DeAngelo Hall completed a scoop-and-score of his own to help send Jay Gruden's bunch to the postseason.
The similarities between the two plays are striking.
While Taylor's was a bit longer than Hall's (39 yards compared to 17), both defensive backs pounced on a loose ball and stuck the (now, be sure to read this in your best Steve Buckhantz voice) "dagger" into the Eagles. The respective contests were still tight in the two instances, but once #21 and #23 crossed the goal line and celebrated, both versions of the Redskins knew it was only a matter of time until their tickets out of the regular season were punched. Heck, they were both even wearing white jerseys.
One difference, however, is that it was the safety's first career NFL TD. The corner, on the other hand, is a bit more familiar with the end zone: It was Hall's fifth fumble return for TD in his career to go along with five pick-sixes, making him the first player in league history to have five of each.
Here's a video of the Taylor play:
And one of the Hall run-back, too:
The Eagles cough it up... DeAngelo Hall scoops. DeAngelo Hall scores. #WASvsPHI https://t.co/OoMgiepSpT
— NFL (@NFL) December 27, 2015
Both sequences will live on in the minds of the Burgundy and Gold faithful for a long, long time, as will both defenders. As for Eagles fans — well, they probably look at these two plays just a little differently.