The Streak: Weeks 36-40
~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger, Delray ~
Here we are once again with are weekly installment of “The Streak.” Today we will look at weeks 36-40 that encompass the final two weeks of the 2004 season and the first three weeks of the 2005 season.
Week 16 in the 2004 season saw 5 Canes find the end zone. Willis McGahee found it twice. Willis broke the 100 yard mark on only 15 carries including runs of 3 and 1 yard to help the Bills destroy the 49ers 41-7. Andre Johnson scored on a 10 yard pass from David Carr to lead the Texans in a shutout win over the Jaguars 21-0. Bubba Franks only had 1 reception but he made it count as he connected with Brett for a 22 yard TD pass as the Packers defeated the Vikings 34-31 in a Christmas Eve thriller in the dome. Vinny came up with some late game heroics throwing a 39 yard TD pass to Patrick Crayton in the 4th quarter to put the Cowboys up for good 13-10 over the Redskins. Santana Moss refused to let the Jets be shutout by the Patriots and scored in the 4th quarter of a 23-7 loss to the Patriots.
Week 17 started out like the previous week for Willis McGahee as he again scored twice against the Steelers on rushes of the same as the previous week. The Bills just did not have enough against the Steelers who finished the season 15-1. Bubba Franks was back also proving to be Brett’s go-to guy in the red zone. Bubba recorded a 17 yard pass reception as the Packers defeated the Bears 31-14. Reggie Wayne and the Colts finished their season on a losing note in Denver by dropping one to the Broncos 33-14. Reggie had 3 receptions for 90 yards, one of which was a 71 yard pass from Jim Sorgi. A couple of quarterbacks got into the action this week as Vinny and Ken Dorsey both had scoring strikes. Vinny had two scores, one to Jason Witten from 7 yards out and another to Witten on a 2 point conversion (OK just throwing this in there) that gave the Cowboys the lead. It turned out to be not enough as the Giants scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter to defeat the Cowboys 28-24. And to end the 2004 season we have a new entrant into the streak: Jonathan Vilma scored on a 38 yard interception from Marc Bulger in a 32-29 loss to the Rams. Bulger threw for 450 yards that day.
The first week of the 2005 season saw only one Cane find the end-zone. Perhaps a little pre-season rust? No worries, Jeremy Shockey took care of business as he connected with Eli from 20 yards out for the first score of the game to start the Giants route of the Cardinals 42-19.
Well, Sunday came and went with no Canes reaching the end zone. No doubt the streak was in jeopardy. Our best hope was Santana Moss, suiting up for his new team the Washington Redskins, playing on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. Things did not look promising late in the 4th quarter the Cowboys held a 13-0 lead and the Redskins facing a 4th down and 15 with less than 4 minutes remaining. Now I never played the game past the Pop Warner level, but if you have the lead this late in the game, the last thing you do is let the receiver get behind you. Santana Moss got behind his man and resurrected the streak with a 39 yard pass from Mark Brunell. Not only did he keep the streak alive but he also kept the Redskins hopes in the game alive, barely. So just for good measure, he scored a minute ten seconds later. This time on a 70 yard touchdown pass from Brunell for the game winning touchdown lifting the Redskins over the Cowboys 14-13 in a Monday Night thriller.
The 3rd week of the 2005 season saw a few Canes shake off the rust. Willis came back to us with an 8 yard rush in a losing effort against the Falcons 24-16. Willis did his part rushing for 140 yards. Edge also broke the 100 yard mark rushing for 108 yards as the Colts defeated the Browns 13-6.
Again, hopefully you are enjoying this as much as I am, and I look forward to seeing you all out at the Ted Hendricks Stadium this Saturday at 10:00am.