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Moss's Big Catch Sparks Redskins to Win


Santana Moss has done this before.


Remember 2005? He famously caught a 70-yard touchdown pass to beat the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium.

A year later, he caught a 68-yard touchdown pass in overtime to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField.

On Sunday, "Big Play" Moss was back.

With 3:38 left in the game, Moss caught a 67-yard pass from Jason Campbell to spark the Redskins to a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints at FedExField.

Moss's catch and the Redskins' come-from-behind win provided a boost to an offensive unit that was under scrutiny after a disappointing showing in Week 1.

"Honestly, that play can do wonders for our confidence," Moss said. "When you have the playmakers that we have, you have to be ready."

The play call came on first down with the Redskins trailing 24-22.

Campbell dropped back to pass and watched Moss run a post pattern against rookie cornerback Tracy Porter.

After stepping up in the pocket, Campbell lofted the deep pass as Moss got a step on Porter.

It was a perfect throw.


Moss caught the ball in stride and raced into the end zone for the touchdown.

FedExField erupted in celebration.

"We had good protection and I heard that Jason had to step up into the pocket a little bit and then launch it," Moss said. "Everything worked out for the best."

The Saints' defense gave the Redskins a different look than expected because cornerback Aaron Glenn left the game earier in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.

Moss said the Saints were set up perfectly for the play call, so the Redskins had to call it.

"It was a first down deep ball and we beat them," Moss said.

Added Jim Zorn: "The guy that we were trying to beat [Glenn] got injured and went off the field. We had to go against Porter, their rookie who has great speed, and we ended up beating him instead."

It turns out that, coincidentally or not, the Redskins had hoped to go after Glenn, the same player that Moss beat in that 2005 game against the Cowboys.

Result was the same with Porter in the lineup.

Moss finished the game with a team-high seven catches for 164 yards.

It was the second-highest receiving yards total of his career, behind the 173 yards he registered in a game on Oct. 16, 2005 at Kansas City.

Also, it was the fifth straight game that Moss has caught a touchdown pass. He is the first Redskin since Charlie Brown in the first five weeks of the 1982 season to record a touchdown catch in five straight games.

Moss had two other clutch catches in the Saints game.

In the third quarter, Moss caught a slant pass from Campbell, broke a tackle and raced down the right sideline for 27 yards.

Then, with the Redskins opting to go for a first down on 4th-and-2 at the Saints' 34-yard line with 1:58 left in the game, Campbell threw another slant to Moss.

Moss caught it in front of Porter for an 8-yard gain.

The catch sealed the Redskins' win.

"Guys have been coming together for moments like this," Moss said. "We haven't had many of these kinds of moments [so far this season]. We just kept fighting through it and we finally hit on a big play. We showed that the hard work we put in paid off."

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