Garcon breaks Monk's Redskins season catch record

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm •  Published: December 22, 2013
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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — In a season full of lows for the Washington Redskins, receiver Pierre Garcon broke Hall of Famer Art Monk's franchise record for most catches in a season by getting to 107 on Sunday with a game to go.

Garcon eclipsed Monk with his 11th and final reception of Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a 19-yard gain on a pass from Kirk Cousins that came with about six minutes left in the third quarter.

That gave Garcon one more catch than the 106 Monk had in 1984.

"It's pretty cool, but with the season going on, it's pretty hard to celebrate anything right now," said Garcon, whose Redskins have lost seven consecutive games to fall to 3-12.

Said Monk, who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008: "I'm excited for him. ... Records are meant to be broken. I didn't expect to have it as long as I had it. But I'm glad the pressure's off of me now. He has the opportunity to step forward and get all the praise."

The 27-year-old Garcon, a sixth-round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts out of Division III Mount Union in 2008, had equaled Monk's team mark earlier in the second half on an 8-yard touchdown toss from Cousins, filling in for the benched Robert Griffin III. Garcon ended the day with 144 yards receiving.

"He's fearless. He plays very hard. He made some great plays for us today," Cousins said. "He's the kind of guy that you want on your side when you're backed into a corner. You want Pierre standing with you. He's put together a good season individually."

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