DC Stadium - The Redskins watched a 17-0 lead disappear under a barrage of Sonny Jurgensen touchdown passes in losing to the Eagles.
With Washington up 3-0, linebacker Carl Kammerer intercepted a pass that teammate John Paluck had deflected to give the Redskins possession just inside the Eagle 10. On the first play of the second quarter, Billy Barnes scored from two yards out to make it 10-0.
It really looked like the home team was on a roll when Norm Snead eluded a rush and threw downfield for Bobby Mitchell. Mitchell caught the pass, faked out would-be tackler Don Burroughs, and easily glided in for the touchdown to make it 17-0.
The lead was far from secure. Jurgensen and the Eagles nearly tied it up before halftime. Ron Goodman caught a touchdown pass and a Jurgensen completion to Pete Retzlaff set up six more Philly points. In between, Mike Clark, who had missed the conversion after the first touchdown, hit a 42-yard field goal and it was 17-16 at halftime.
Intermission did nothing to cool down Jurgensen. Touchdown passes to Tim Brown and Tommy McDonald pulled the Eagles out to a 30-17 lead. The Redskins recovered and Mitchell got the Redskins back into it with a juggling end zone catch and it was 30-24. Washington's defense forced a punt at midfield. Unfortunately, King Hill's boot was a beaut, rolling dead at the one.
Snead tried to pass his team out of the hole, but it only got deeper. His pass bounced off of Jim Cunningham and into the arms of Philadelphia’s Dave Lloyd. The linebacker lateraled to Irv Cross, who sped to the Washington 12. On third down from the nine, McDonald eluded Lonnie Sanders and caught Jurgensen's fourth touchdown pass of the day for a 37-24 lead with nine minutes left. Burroughs made up for being burned on Mitchell's longer score by picking off two passes to kill off the Redskins.