Santana Moss has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday in the Redskins' 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions.
With the Redskins clinging to a 16-10 lead in the fourth quarter at Ford Field, Jim Zorn and Danny Smith called on Moss for only his second punt return of the season. Moss made the most of his opportunity by bringing back Nick Harris's punt 80 yards for a touchdown.
"Santana proves again he is an amazing athlete," Zorn said. "He had one opportunity and not only scored, but also made the key play for the win. This is an honor that caps off a great week for Santana."
On the play, Moss collided with teammate Devin Thomas shortly after fielding Harris's punt. He kept his feet, avoided tacklers and broke free down the left sideline for what proved to be the game-winning points.
It was Moss's second touchdown of the game. He also hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell, the third connection of 50 or more yards between the two this season. Moss finished the day with nine receptions for 140 yards.
It was Moss's third career punt return for a touchdown and first with the Redskins. He also has a returned a punt for a touchdown in a postseason game as a member of the New York Jets in 2004.
Moss has won NFL weekly awards five times. In 2002, he won AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after Week 9 while a member of the New York Jets. He won NFC Offensive Player of the Week three times as a member of the Redskins, following Weeks 2 and 16 in 2005 and after Week 4 in 2006.
Moss is the first Redskins player to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week since kicker Shaun Suisham accomplished the feat following week nine of last year.