The Redskins' Santana Moss, who caught two touchdown passes in 71 seconds to provide the Redskins with all of their points in their 14-13 Monday night win over Dallas, was named the NFC's offensive player of the week on Wednesday.
Moss finished the game with 159 yards on five receptions. The two touchdown passes, both from Mark Brunell, covered 39 and 70 yards. The 70-yarder was the Redskins longest pass play since 2001.
Today at Redskins Park, Moss accepted congratulations but said that he still had a lot left to accomplish. "It's a good start. I never pat myself on the back," he said. "We know that there is a lot of room for improvement. [Otherwise], you're never going to accomplish anything. I've made a lot of big strides in my career, in everything I've done as a man and athlete, but I just want to make sure that I'm always aware that there is more room for improvement."
Still, it was a unique accomplishment for Moss. While he has scored the winning points in the late going before, including once in a game for the Jets in 2003, even going back to high school he has never scored two TD's in the late going to get the win for his team. "I've never had anything like this. Even when you say you work hard for [such a performance], you can never imagine it turning out like this," Moss said. "There's nothing I can tell you I went out and did last week to make me have that game. It all comes from being sure of yourself as a player and knowing that you're giving your all on every play and not quitting. I think that game is more of a sign of an offense and defense just not quitting. I was lucky that they got the ball to me and I made that play."
A reporter reminded Moss of something he said when he was with the Miami Hurricanes: "Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games." Moss smiled broadly and said, "I'm glad you brought that up. Someone told me to mention that [on Monday] night. I hear that so many times, I should have gotten a patent on that, had a shirt made or something."
If Moss puts up one or two more performances even close to this, he'll need a nickname. What do you think: Santana "Big Time" Moss?
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