Originally posted on NBC Washington  |  Last updated 12/11/11
For one brief, euphoric moment it appear as if Santana Moss had given the Washington Redskins a ray of hope in an otherwise discouraging season. He had just pulled in a touchdown pass from Rex Grossman with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter to bring the Redskins within one. An extra point would have tied it and a two-point conversion would have given them the lead. But that moment slipped away with the sight of a yellow penalty flag lying on the field. It’s been that kind of season for the Redskins. Moss was called for offensive pass interference and that potential breakthrough victory once again eluded Mike Shanahan. Grossman looked Moss’ way again on third and goal, but Moss knocked the ball into the air and Jerod Mayo intercepted it to give the Patriots a 34-27 victory – their tenth win of the season and the ninth straight year they’ve reached that number. In case you were wondering, the Redskins have just one 10-win season since 2000. It’s not easy to reinvent a franchise
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