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Remembering 'The Monday Night Miracle' 10 years later

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Remembering 'The Monday Night Miracle' 10 years later

There are certain games in every team's history that conjure up the best memories for fans — games where the most important plays are forever etched in stone, games where people remember where they were when they were decided, and games that have legacies that are passed down to the next generation of the franchise's supporters.

Often times, these great contests involve a heated rivalry, and when it comes to football in Washington, there's no better matchup than Redskins-Cowboys. And the two sides have had numerous classic battles in their history, including recent ones like the 2006 affair that concluded with a Nick Novak field goal after Sean Taylor's chaotic return moments before, and the 2012 Thanksgiving showdown that saw the Burgundy and Gold destroy Dallas in front of a national audience.

But today, four days before the 'Skins and the 'Boys square off on Monday Night football, we're going to look back at an unforgettable victory for the Redskins that occurred under the same bright lights 10 years ago. It's certainly one of "those games," one that anyone who loves Washington will remember fondly: "The Monday Night Miracle."

It was Week 2 of the 2005 season, and Joe Gibbs' offense was sputtering badly inside of Texas Stadium. After putting up just nine points in the season opener, the unit found themselves down 13-0 late in the fourth quarter to Bill Parcells' squad. Throw in the fact that Mark Brunell and Co. were facing a fourth-and-15 with less than four minutes to go, and things were looking pretty hopeless for the visitors.

But then, a miracle happened. Anyone want some goosebumps? Then watch this video:

Two bombs from Brunell to the newly-acquired Santana Moss — a 39-yarder and then a 70-yarder — gave the underdog a crazy 14-13 win and handed Joe Gibbs what he called "one of the greatest moments in sports for me." For Moss, meanwhile, it was the start of what would prove to be a legendary career in D.C., and laid the groundwork for a guy who'd eventually be dubbed, "The Cowboy Killer."

This Monday, the two NFC East squads will get together again, and the winner will gain the edge in a series that is currently tied 8-8 when its played on the NFL's most-watched stage. For the Redskins, coming out on top is paramount, as they need to keep collecting W's in order to secure their first trip to the playoffs since 2012. The out-of-nowhere result they earned back in 2005 was key in jumpstarting what would eventually prove to be a postseason run, and a victory over the Cowboys again on MNF could have the same effect.

It's hard to believe that a decade has already passed since that insane night in Dallas, but even though the game itself keeps getting pushed further and further back in our rearview mirrors, the details of it and the feelings it ignited are still fresh in the minds of Redskin faithful everywhere. Because, no matter what coaches or players say, some games are bigger than others, and few will ever be bigger than "The Monday Night Miracle."

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

The most surprising outcome from Week 10 in the NFL season was the Tennessee Titans 34-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots.

How far did New England fall? How high did the Patriots rise?

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Despite missing three starting offensive lineman and several other key contributors due to injury, the Redskins got back in the win column with a 16-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a two game lead in the NFC East, their stock rose a tad.

Coming off their bye week, the Eagles fell to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. How were each of their rankings affected?

The Saints won their eighth straight, while the Steelers won their fifth straight. Where do these two rank in the Top 5?

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The battle for No. 32 is perhaps more interesting than the battle for No. 1, but the Raiders stay in control of the bottom spot for now.

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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.

If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.

After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.

"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."

Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?

Damn.

"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."

Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?

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