The Washington Redskins didn't have much of a running game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday and Donovan McNabb had been streaky in the passing game. But on the Skins' second possession of the fourth quarter, a leaping 48-yard touchdown catch by Anthony Armstrong changed everything.
Before that play, the Redskins trailed by 10 points and it was hard to imagine them rallying against a Packers defense that kept them bottled up for much of the afternoon. Armstrong's catch galvanized the offense and appeared to inspire the defense as well. Suddenly Washington was in a game it seemed destined to lose.
"Armstrong is just kind of that big-play guy," McNabb told reporters after the game. "You never know when he'll explode for that 40- or 50-yard catch."
Tight end Chris Cooley, who has been one of McNabb's favorite targets, has praised Armstrong's route running and calls him "sneaky fast." Armstrong's emergence probably made it easier for coach Mike Shanahan to cut ties with former second-round draft pick Devin Thomas, who had only played one snap on offense this season.
If the Redskins go on to have an excellent season, say 9-7, I think we'll look back at that Armstrong catch as one of the defining moments. Washington is in desperate need of another playmaker on offense and Armstrong might be that player.