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Moment of Danger

Jan 3, 2006, 3:07 AM EDT

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For a moment, with 1:21 left in the third quarter and the Eagles leading 20-17, the Redskins’ playoff life passed before their collective eyes.

On a third and eight play from the Eagles’ 32, Mike McMahon dropped back to pass as the Redskins blitzed. The Eagles picked it up as receiver Billy McMullen was getting behind Sean Taylor and everyone else wearing white. All day long when McMahon was able to step up in the pocket and throw in the middle part of the field, he had been putting the ball on the money. On this play the stepped up in the pocket and put the ball—way over McMullen’s head. All the receiver could to is take a hopeless flail at it and instead of scoring a sure touchdown the Eagles had to punt.

The Washington offense was struggling mightily at the time and would do so again following the punt. If the Eagles were in possession of a 27-17 lead, there is no way that Andy Reid would have had McMahon passing the ball on third and 15 from his own 20. That means, of course, that Lemar Marshall doesn’t get his hand on the ball and do a one-man tip drill to himself. Clinton Portis doesn’t do his spin move and dash 22 yards for a score and the Redskins are left being Rams fans for a night.

But what happened happened and the Redskins were good enough to take advantage of it and pull out the win.

  1. Joe - Jan 3, 2006 at 4:28 PM

    If we beat Tampa this Saturday, we would go onto play Seattle the following weekend.

    Does anyone know what day/time that game would be? Not to get ahead of ourselves or anything. I just need to plan ahead. Thanks!

  2. J_B - Jan 3, 2006 at 6:17 PM

    The biggest question to me about how far the Redskins can go in the postseason is all about the health of Brunell and the Redskins DBs.

    Brunell didn’t look good against Philly. And I can’t see the Redskins beating Tampa Bay unless Brunell has a solid game where he completes at least 55 to 60% of his passes and can make some big plays to Moss, along with making clutch 3rd down throws to move the chains on 3rd and long.

    And even with Tampa going with a young pup at QB, the Skins need a healthy secondary to put the clamps on Joey Galloway. If Galloway is flexing 2 or 3 times on Saturday, it will be tough for the Redskins to overcome.

  3. Anonymous - Jan 3, 2006 at 6:47 PM

    skins seems to have given williams a huge contract

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/5216800

  4. A guy concerned about Portis - Jan 3, 2006 at 8:47 PM

    Rich, this might sound stupid, but: Portis keeps getting horse-collared by the back of his jersey, far more than any other player I can think of. I think this is because his large shoulder pads hang way off the back, creating a huge gap for defenders to get their hands into. Since you have access to the players, is there any way you would consider suggesting to Portis or to the trainers that they do something to mitigate this?

    As I said, this might sound stupid. But I really think this is a rare case in which a player’s particular uniform could actually be working against him. Someday he is going to get very seriously hurt if opposing tacklers are able to keep taking him down like this.

  5. Rich Tandler - Jan 4, 2006 at 3:22 AM

    Joe, it would be at 4:30 on Saturday 1/14, they just announced this evening.

  6. Joe - Jan 4, 2006 at 2:58 PM

    Thanks.

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