Griffith Stadium - On a muddy field in a driving rainstorm, the Giants sent the Redskins to one of the most improbable defeats in their history. New York had no first downs, gained a net of one yard of rushing, completed one pass, but scored two touchdowns and beat the Redskins.
The one completion was huge for New York. Figuring that the field would do nothing but get worse, the Giants went for the early lead and got it when Tuffy Leemans launched a 50-yard touchdown pass to Will Walls. Ward Cuff made the conversion and New York had a 7-0 lead.
In the second period, the Redskins got the tying score, needing considerably more effort than the Giants did for their quick strike. During their 44-yard march Washington had to convert no fewer than three fourth downs. Bob Seymour capped it with a dive into the end zone and Bob Masterson’s extra point tied it up.
Much of the third quarter was a punting duel with the Redskins’ Dick Poillon constantly booting the Giants into trouble—his punts were downed at the New York six, four, and three yard lines—and John Chicherneo kicking the Giants out of the hole. Washington’s best scoring chance came after a bad snap forced a field goal attempt to be aborted. Kicker Masterson alertly threw towards Steve Juzwik in the end zone, but Cuff knocked it away.
The game-breaking play came when Poillon’s pass found its way into the hands of New York’s O’Neale Adams. Andy Farkas appeared to be in position to make a quick tackle, but he didn’t turn around in time. The rookie back slogged through the mud 66 yards with the interception for the touchdown. Cuff again converted and the Giants had a seven-point lead.
It may as well have been a 70-point lead. The Redskins were unable to mount anything resembling a drive. When the final gun sounded, the teams headed for shelter, something that many in the crowd had done much earlier.