RFK Stadium - In a steady rain and swirling wind, the Redskins got six turnovers and rushed for 162 yards in slopping out a win over the Falcons to advance to the NFC championship game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Redskins embarked on an 11-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. Rypien converted a third down from the Atlanta 31 with a 19-yard pass to Gary Clark. From the 17, Rypien called a draw play that wasn’t in the game plan for that week. A huge hole opened up behind blocks by Jim Lachey and Monk and Ricky Ervins busted through, shed a couple of tackles, showed no evidence of any problems with footing as he cut to the outside and high-stepped in for the touchdown.
On Atlanta’s next series, Mann forced a fumble and Jumpy Geathers recovered, setting up Gerald Riggs’ one-yard TD run. The two scores in 3:11 had the Redskins up 14-0.
In the second half, the home team gradually pulled away. Lohmiller finally found the footing to hit on a field goal, this one from 24 yards. Early in the fourth quarter, Wilbur Marshall recovered a fumble at the Falcon 48 and the Redskins used nearly seven minutes to drive in for the clinching touchdown. It came with 6:32 left on another one-yard burst by Riggs.
The soaked fans that attended the game were given souvenir seat cushions on their way through the gates. When Riggs scored, one fan tossed his souvenir up in the air in celebration. A few others followed suit and, within seconds, the stadium air was filled with flying seat cushions.