The Redskins Top 10 Games Of The 2000′s

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Skins defeat Lions 27-13. Jan 8, 2000

The Skins led 27-0 at halftime and cruised to a playoff victory behind Steven Davis’s 119 yards rushing and 2 TD’s. This was the last playoff game at FedEx field…yes folks, it’s been 10 years. How long has Dan Snyder owned the team? Oh yeah, it’s his 10 year anniversary as well.

Skins defeat Cowboys 20-14. Dec 29, 2002

On the last day of the season, the Redskins finished a subpar 7-9 season with a win over the hated Cowboys. This was the last game ever for Darrell Green, who emotionally addressed the fans and did a final victory lap. It was his 20th season and 295th game in a Redskin uniform. Hail to you Mr. Green.

Skins defeat Bucs 16-10. Sept 12, 2004

On opening day Skins fans celebrated the return of Joe Gibbs and were introduced to Clinton Portis. Clinton took it 64 yards to the house on the Skins first offensive play from scrimmage…it was the old counter tray play. Visions of 16-0 and Super Bowl titles danced in our heads. Alas it didn’t work out the way we wanted…and Gibbs II ended 4 years later at 30-34. But, for 1 grand day…we were on top of the world!

Skins defeat Cowboys 14-13. Sept 19, 2005

On this Monday night, my body did something I didn’t know it was capable of…for 1 small moment in time I had the ups of Kobe Bryant. The first TD pass to Moss brought nervous excitement, but the 2nd one brought out a wild and crazy man who screamed and jumped…waking an angry wife and 1 year old son. Phone calls and text messages to friends offering congrats and celebration…couldn’t sleep because of the excitement. We may not have those times too often these days…but we’ll always have that Monday night!

Skins defeat Cowboys, Giants & Eagles in successive weeks to make playoffs. Dec 18-Jan 01 2006.

Ultimately the Skins won 5 games in a row to end the 2005 season and make the playoffs, but it was the final 3 wins that made it extra special. I’ve lumped the 3 together because it was part of one big moment…the greatest run the Redskins have had in last 10 years. They demolished the Cowboys 35-7 behind Chris Cooley’s 3 first half TD’s. The Skins then whooped up on the Giants 35-20, as Clinton Portis ran for 108 yards and a TD and then passed for another TD to Cooley. The Skins still needed to win at Philly to make the playoffs. The Skins did just that, as Sean Taylor capped a 31-20 win with a 39 yd fumble recovery and flip into the end zone. Anytime I think of Sean…that’s the picture I see in my mind. That 5 week run plus the playoff victory in Tampa Bay was a special, special time in Redskins history.

Skins defeat Jaguars 36-30. Oct 1, 2006

Mark Brunell hooked up with Santana Moss on a 68 yard TD pass in OT to seal the victory for the Skins. Washington amassed 481 total yards and Moss finished with 138 yards and 3 TD’s. The Skins offense was really cooking at this point as they had 495 yards the week before against the Texans. But, things changed drastically over the next several weeks and in week 10, Gibbs handed the keys to the franchise over to Jason Campbell.

Skins defeat Cowboys 22-19. Nov 5, 2006

Nick Novak made a 47 yd FG with no time left in one of the craziest finishes in Redskin’s history. A blocked Cowboy FG attempt (when do the Skins block FG’s) and another amazingly athletic return by Sean Taylor led to Novak’s attempt. Pandemonium ensues as FedEx.

Skins lose to Bills 17-16. Dec 2, 2007

The Skins didn’t win this game…in fact it was as disheartening a loss as any in the past 10 years. Playing for the first time since Sean Taylor’s death, the team desperately wanted this win as a tribute to Sean. The game began with the 10 man formation tribute and ended with Gibb’s questioning himself…wondering if the game had passed him by. But, the season was not lost and just days after Sean’s funeral the Redskins defeated the Bears to start another 4 game winning streak to make the playoffs. The game may have passed Gibbs, but people had not. Hail Coach Gibbs.

Cheers and Hail

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