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:
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 2, 2015
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."