Skins Survive Saintly Scare, 27-26

 Don McCall (36) breaks free for some of his game-high 71 rushing yards in the Saints’ 27-26 loss to Washington. McCall also had 70 yards receiving on the afternoon.
Don McCall (36) breaks free for some of his game-high 71 rushing yards in the Saints’ 27-26 loss to Washington. McCall also had 70 yards receiving on the afternoon.

The following is not a summary of historical events,but rather the results of my computer football replay of the 1968 NFL season using Second and Ten football.

New Orleans – Jerry Allen scored from two yards with 1:27 remaining as the Washington Redskins rallied from behind for a thrilling 27-26 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Charlie Gogolak hit the extra point to give Washington its first lead in the game. Aaron Martin intercepted Saints QB Billy Kilmer with 22 seconds left to stop the Saints drive for a game-winning field goal.

Sonny Jurgensen led the Redskins for two touchdowns in the final five minutes to avert another veteran team falling to the second-year Saints. Last week, New Orleans upset Cleveland, 17-13. Jurgensen threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to Charley Taylor with 4:29 on the clock. The Redskins defense held Kilmer and the Saints to only one series of downs and forced the Saints to punt. Before the two minute warning, Jurgensen found Taylor again for a 32 yard strike that put the Redskins in the shadow of the Saints goal posts. On a critical third and two, Jurgensen flipped the ball to Allen who scampered around the end for an 11 yard gain and set up his game-winning touchdown on the next play.

The Saints jumped to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter after Monte Stickles broke free for a 35 yard touchdown reception from Kilmer. The Redskins responded with a 65 yard drive capped by Allen’s first rushing touchdown of the day. The teams then exchanged field goals with Gogolak closing the Redskins to within three points, 13-10, with a 39 yard field goal at the end of the half. In the third quarter, the Saints marched down field for two scoring threats, but settled for two Charlie Durkee field goals. The second field goal resulted from an interception by Dave Whitsell. Midway through the fourth quarter, it appeared that New Orleans would celebrate its second consecutive upset when Tony Lorick turned a short pass into a 24 yard touchdown for a 26-13 lead. The teams traded punts, and Jurgensen then guided the Redskins out of peril and to victory. This is the second straight one point decision for the Redskins who defeated the Bears, 21-20, in the opening week.

The Baltimore Colts also avoided an upset as Earl Morrall threw a six yard game-winning touchdown pass to Willie Richardson with 27 seconds remaining on the clock in Atlanta. The Colts slipped past the upset-minded Falcons, 27-24. Dallas handed Cleveland their sixth straight loss dating back to last season, 24-14. Cleveland QB Frank Ryan threw three interceptions. Detroit rebounded from a first week drubbing by Green Bay to defeat the Chicago Bears, 27-3. The Packers defeated Minnesota, 24-3. Roman Gabriel threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns as the Los Angeles Rams blanked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-0. The Eagles clipped the Giants, 17-13, on the heels of Tom Woodeshick’s 100 yard rushing day. In San Francisco, John Brodie found Clifton McNeil for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lift the 49ers past the St. Louis Cardinals, 17-6. McNeil finished with eight receptions for 135 yards.

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