The Moss Era Part 2 in Minnesota officially begins Monday night against the Jets, but before he plays his first down with his new (old) team, I thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane and look at the best of Randy Moss in a Patriot uniform. Randy Moss completely rehabbed what was a damaged image in New England and helped the team get through a perfect regular season before falling in the Super Bowl. He had some monster games and some light-hearted moments and gave the team a good three and a quarter years, despite anything that may or may not have gone down behind the scenes. He set a single-season record for touchdown receptions (23) and helped Tom Brady have the best single season in NFL history. Let’s close the Randy Moss Chapter in Patriot history with a look at his top 5 moments in a Patriot uniform.
During Week Two this season against the New York Jets, the Patriots played a great first half, and Randy was part of that first half. This catch to put the Pats ahead late in the first half was jaw-dropping. Only Moss can make these catches.
In a game against Jacksonville during the 2009 season at Gillette Stadium, a fan wearing a Randy Moss mask was shown on the jumbo-tron. The fan mimicked Moss’ TD celebration where he “parts” the defense with his hands. Moss saw the fan on the video screen and had fun with it, bringing some laughter to the crowd at Gillette. You can see it in the video above.
3. Moss catches 4 touchdowns vs. Buffalo
During the 2007 undefeated regular season, Randy Moss had many spectacular games, but none stood out statistically more than the Week 11 beat-down against the Buffalo Bills. Randy Moss scored 4 touchdowns, three of which came in the first half alone. The Pats went on to win 56-10.
2. Moss scores the go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl XLII.
Before the David Tyree helmet catch, before Manning escaped from the clutches of multiple Patriot defenders, the Patriots took a 14-10 lead in the Super Bowl late when Moss caught a 6-yard TD pass from Tom Brady. If the defense made a stop on the Giants’ final drive, this would have been the game winning catch that gave Moss his first championship and capped off a perfect 19-0 season. But alas, it was not meant to be, at least that’s what my therapist says.
1. Moss catches his 23rd touchdown, breaking Jerry Rice’s single-season record.
Randy Moss’ single greatest personal achievement in football must be his record-breaking 23 touchdown receptions. His record-breaker came in the final week of the 2007 regular season against the New York Giants, the same team who would go on to beat the Pats in Super Bowl XLII. Coincidentally, it was also Tom Brady’s record0breaking 50th touchdown pass. Both records still stand today.