Moss gobbles up Cowboys
Nov. 27, 1998 - Randy Moss was upset with the Dallas Cowboys. He believed they had lied to him. While 19 teams had passed on Moss in the draft, not all of them said they would select him if he were still available. The Cowboys did.
On Thanksgiving in Irvine, Tex., Moss made the Cowboys pay, turning them into turkeys. The rookie wide receiver caught three passes and all went for touchdowns of more than 50 yards as he led Minnesota (11-1) to a 46-36 victory.
On the game's fourth play, the Vikings called a flea-flicker, with quarterback Randall Cunningham throwing a bomb to Moss. When Dallas' defensive backs bit on the run fake, it left Moss wide open for a 51-yard touchdown.
After the Cowboys cut Minnesota's lead to 14-6, Moss beat Kevin Smith deep down the right sideline, made the catch despite pass interference by the cornerback, and scored on the 56-yard play.
Late in the third quarter, Cunningham threw a simple four-yard hitch pass to Moss. But Moss turned it into something special by shaking off a tackle and bolting down the left sideline. When Terry Billups had an angle on him at the 10, Moss gave him a breathtaking stop-and-go move and shot into the end zone to finish another 56-yard touchdown.
Moss wouldn't talk after the game, but his teammates couldn't shut up about him. "He's a blessing from God," Cunningham said.
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