Capital Games Year in Review: Best Moments

It was a disappointing year in D.C. sports, but there were a few moments worth remembering. These are those moments.

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RGIII, after the loss
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The first quarter of the Redskins' playoff game against the Seahawks: The city's most important franchise had risen from the ashes, winning seven straight games to clinch the NFC East and a home playoff game for the first time in 13 years. The first quarter could not have gone better as Washington jumped out to a 14-0 lead. The final three quarters, however, signaled the end of the Redskins' resurgence. The nation watched as the Seahawks scored 24 unanswered points to win and Robert Griffin III shredded his knee, starting a firestorm that has -- along with many other problems -- since burned down the organization. Those first 15 minutes though...
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Mon., April 1: The Washington Nationals entered the 2013 season faced with "World Series or bust" expectations as proclaimed by manager Davey Johnson, and in their opener against the Miami Marlins, they certainly played the part. Stephen Strasburg, fresh off his shutdown, pitched a gem by recording 19 consecutive outs, while Bryce Harper hit solo shots in his first two at-bats of the season. Of course, the season only went downhill from there, but at least for one day, Washington looked like the team to beat in Major League Baseball.
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Alex Ovechkin's career renaissance: No athlete in Washington had a better 2013 than Alex Ovechkin, who regained his generational scoring touch and set the NHL ablaze, winning his third MVP award last season and continuing his torrid stretch this season. Ovechkin has scored 30 goals in 35 games and shows no sign of slowing down. In a year when many of his contemporaries -- Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Robert Griffin III -- struggled, Ovechkin recaptured his place as Washington's most dynamic superstar.
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The Nationals' Navy Yard sweep: One day after the shooting rampage at the nearby Navy Yard in September, the Nationals lifted the spirits of the city by sweeping the Atlanta Braves in a day-night doubleheader. The two victories kept the Nationals within striking distance of the NL Wild Card and forced the Braves to leave without the NL East crown.
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