Franklin Field - Dick James made key plays on both offense and defense to help push the Redskins past Philadelphia.
James' big heroics as a defender came near the end of the first half. With Washington clinging to a 10-7 lead, quarterback Norm Van Brocklin had his Eagles threatening with a second and two at the Washington 20. On the run, he threw to end Bobby Walston, who appeared to have position on the shorter James in the end zone. Not to be denied, James timed his jump perfectly and knocked the pass harmlessly to the ground. Philly eventually lost the ball on downs and Washington held its three-point lead at the half.
Trailing 14-10 late in the third quarter, James and the Redskins went to work. The 5-9 speedster gained 42 of the 62 yards needed for his team to take the lead for good. Included were a 14-yard run, an 18-yard pass reception, and a carry for the final three yards and the touchdown. Sam Baker's extra point put Washington up 17-14. James later converted a fourth down play with a five-yard run to clinch the game for the Redskins.