Moss unable to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat

Santana Moss was having one of his better games this year with the Washington Redskins. On the receiving end of two touchdown passes from Rex Grossman had suddenly erased a twenty point deficit. With all the momentum, the Redskins were set up to take the lead late in the 4th quarter against long time rival Dallas.

Moss was the centerpiece of Shanahan’s game plan throughout. Targeted 13 times, Moss came up with 8 receptions for 72 yards accompanied by two touchdown scores. Now with the game tied and less than 5 minutes left on the clock, Moss was poised to thrust the dagger in the big star. Instead, Moss failed to come through, and a Redskins victory bounced predictably off his fingertips.  Can the loss be placed on Moss’ shoulders solely?

With a first down at their own 25, Rex Grossman went back to pass. After eluding some pressure Moss found an opening down the left sideline as the Cowboys defender stumbled to the ground. Grossman hit his man in stride just inside Dallas territory. Moss lost his concentration however, and could not hang onto the accuratley placed projectile. All momentum had been squandered and the game was lost. Once again the Redskins fell predictably short.

You can never pin a loss on a single player in the NFL. There are too many variables and decisions made to be able to decipher a single instance that becomes the margin for victory or defeat. However we have seen these types of instances more often than not in 2010. Most recently it was a bad snap and a poor hold.

The question however deserves to be asked. Exactly how valuable were Moss’ two touchdown receptions if he is unable to come through in the clutch? At the highest level of competition, you are only as good as your last play. Inconsistency becomes the mark of a losing franchise, a trait the Redskins have been unable to rid themselves from for years on end.

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