December 7, 2009 by USA Post
Saints cite Moore-Meachem play as a key:One of the key plays of the Washington Redskins’ 33-30 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday came on a bizarre sequence at the end of the first half.
With 39 seconds remaining and the Saints facing third and 26 on the Redskins’ 44-yard line, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees dropped back, evaded the Redskins’ pass rush and heaved a pass in the direction of tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Shockey was well covered, however, and second-year safety Kareem Moore dived in front of the pass for an interception. Moore jumped to his feet to return the pick and headed toward the left sideline. After 14 yards, he was corralled by Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem. Moore spun and Meachem stripped the ball from his hands, then raced 44 yards down the sideline for a touchdown, tying the game at 17 and halting the celebration at FedEx for what should have been a huge turnover.
“Just when I was running, I was trying to make a play, trying to go score,” Moore said. “He had me by the arm and I tried to spin out of it and then he used my momentum and just took the ball from me. He made a good play.”
The interception-turned fumble was critical in a half in which the Redskins had mostly limited the league’s top-ranked offense, and later was singled out by several Saints coaches and players as the play that kept them in a game the Redskins otherwise may have won securely.
“What a heads-up play,” Brees said. “Obviously we are just trying to get the guy down and Meachem has the wherewithal to think about stripping and getting the ball and then taking it to the house. That was unbelievable.”
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