So many emotions involved in this game. Of course you prepare for season-ending injuries, contract holdouts, trades, free-agent signings, but the murder of one of your players? Unfathomable.
Not to mention he was the most talented on the roster on the brink of reaching an All-Pro level. That’s what Sean Taylor was and a lot more. Taylor embodied what Skins fans loved.
Even before his death, a frequent conversation amongst fans was “what is your favorite Sean Taylor hit?” To an extent, the Redskins still haven’t recovered from something that devastating. He was incredible to say the least.
Anyway, throughout the season the Redskins were treading water as they remained on the cusp of the playoffs. Not only did the team have to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, but this was one of the most emotional games played in Redskins history.
Well the actual game was overall ugly to watch, which had a lot to do with the weather. What people forget about is Joe Gibbs' critical error at the end of the game.
As the Bills miraculously marched down the field with no timeouts left, they set up their kicker for a 50-plus-yard field goal. The trend among head coaches that year was icing the kicker, in which they call a timeout just before the attempt.
To Joe Gibbs' dismay, the football lifer called consecutive timeouts that resulted in a 15-yard penalty that set up a more than manageable game-winning kick.
So here’s what I was thinking after this loss: Our best player was just tragically killed. We’re probably out of the playoff race with a 5-7 record and our Hall of Fame coach just made a bonehead error that would cost a normal coach his job.
This one had a happier ending as the Skins went on a four-game winning streak to make the playoffs, so it wasn’t all that bad.