What gets forgotten is that the entire game was a prime time Redskins-Cowboys classic. It was a Monday night matchup between the last two NFC champions, a low-scoring affair where every possession was critical.
RFK Stadium--This game will be remembered for the final play, but the events leading up to Ken Houston's goal line stand were electrifying in their own right.
The Skins fell behind 7-0 late in the second quarter, when Craig Morton found receiver Otto Stowe for 45 yards and a Dallas touchdown. The Washington offense finally got it going late in the fourth quarter, driving 57 yards to tie the game on a one-yard Sonny Jurgensen to Charley Taylor touchdown pass with 3:37 left. Just 63 seconds later, Morton overthrew tight end Billy Joe DuPree, free safety Brig Owens intercepted the pass, and dashed 26 yards down the left sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.
Had it not been for an odd hop of the ball, Houston would never have had his moment frozen in time. Dallas went a quick three and out and punted, but the ball bounced off of a Redskin and the Cowboys were back in business at the Washington 31 with two minutes left. Seven plays later, Pat Fischer broke up Morton's pass intended for Stowe, and it was fourth and goal at the four with 24 seconds left.
Morton hit Walt Garrison over the middle at the one. A fraction of a second later, Houston hit Garrison at the one. Just as Garrison's right foot touched the goal line, Houston wrapped his arms around the Dallas fullback in textbook style and drove Garrison backwards. Garrison feebly attempted to lateral the ball, but the whistle had blown. Possession, and the win, belonged to Washington.
Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the upcoming book The Redskins Chronicle. You can reach Rich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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