The Washington Redskins have already been a familiar face to NFL.com’s countdown of the top 100 plays from the 2012 season.
First, there was Pierre Garcon’s touchdown run against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving that made Dallas’ secondary look like they had too much turkey before the game, next was Santana Moss clipping the wings of two Eagles by hauling in the pigskin over both of them en route to the end zone, and then there was Robert Griffin III taking their final NFC East foe to the highlight reel with this elusive fourth quarter play.
While the Redskins were loaded with big time plays from both sides of the pigskin the defense has been shunned from the list—until now.
When linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was anointed as a starter for Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defense shortly after being drafted out of Purdue in 2011, fans fell in love.
No. 91 quickly returned the love to Redskins Nation—with an interception return for a touchdown against the Giants in his debut at FedExField.
While that moment will certainly not be forgotten for years to come it he outdid himself in 2012—with a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown and the 48th best play of 2012 according to NFL.com.
In the second quarter of a scoreless affair between the Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan led their offense out on the field looking to break the tie.
This was a Falcons team after all that entered FedExField undefeated at 4-0 behind a potent offense averaging over 30 points per game, so to be held scoreless through the first 15 minutes was unknown territory for them .
Well Ryan would connect for a touchdown only six plays into the drive with another Ryan—Kerrigan that is.
So for anyone attending a game at FedExField this year remember these two things:
- If you’re sitting behind one of the endzones there’s a good chance that Ryan will either try to jump on you or at the very least photobomb your pictures while celebrating a touchdown.
- Ryan likes to score against touchdowns; there’s proof of that. But he prefers from them to come at the hands of Pro Bowl gunslingers. With many of said Pro Bowl QBs coming to town this season, be on high alert for Kerrigan adding to his touchdown total.
Hail to the Redskins!
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