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Mark Brunell, throwing for a first down, made his two biggest completions in the fourth quarter.
Mark Brunell, throwing for a first down, made his two biggest completions in the fourth quarter. (By Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Best Throw I: On first down and 10 with the Redskins trailing 13-7, quarterback Mark Brunell threw a pinpoint pass under a heavy rush to Santana Moss, who had beaten the secondary and was wide open for a 70-yard touchdown that energized the Redskins and demoralized a Cowboys defense that had been stout through most of four quarters.

Best Throw II: One series earlier, Brunell and Moss connected on virtually the same play. This time, Moss beat Aaron Glenn on a post pattern and hauled in Brunell's pass for a 39-yard touchdown.

Best Coaches: The Redskins' Joe Gibbs and the Cowboys' Bill Parcells have five Super Bowl titles between them and seven Super Bowl appearances. Gibbs is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Parcells is a virtual lock to get there.

Worst Memories: Redskins fans attending the game probably left their seats at halftime rather than endure the induction of Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman into the Texas Stadium Ring of Honor. The trio consistently made life miserable for Redskins faithful beginning in 1990, when they became teammates.

Best Tackle: Redskins cornerback Walt Harris, 31, faced Cowboys running back Julius Jones, 24, in the open field in the first quarter but was not fooled by a stutter-step. Harris made a textbook tackle, and Jones wound up with a two-yard loss after catching a pass in the left flat from quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

Best Fortitude: Redskins tackle Jon Jansen played last night's game with casts on both of his thumbs, but they did not appear to hinder his blocking. He protected Brunell's blind side and mostly kept pass rushers at bay.

Worst Throw: Late in the first quarter, Brunell was looking for wide receiver James Thrash near the right sideline, but the pass was off target. Cowboys cornerback Anthony Henry was there for the interception.

Best Scramble: Midway through the third quarter, Brunell was under heavy pressure and rolled to his right. He managed to get a couple more seconds to throw, then delivered a 41-yard strike to Santana Moss down the right sideline for a first down at the Cowboys 38-yard line.

Worst Bounce: The Redskins were looking to get good field position after stopping the Cowboys on their 38-yard line late in the third quarter, but punter Mat McBriar boomed a 58-yard kick that appeared headed toward the end zone after it hit the turf. The ball instead bounced to the right, and Dallas downed it at the 4-yard line.

-- Gene Wang


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