DC Stadium - Sonny Jurgensenís fourth touchdown pass of the day went to tight end Pres Carpenter with a minute to play to give Washington the win.
The Redskins held a slim 7-6 lead with time running out in the first half as they took possession at their own 41. Chicago inserted five defensive backs into the game to prevent any long passes. The strategy didnít work as Angelo Coia, a former Bear, split two of those backs and was churning at full speed when he gathered in Jurgensenís bomb for a 13-6 halftime lead.
The Bears tied it up in the third by driving 73 yards, mostly through the air. The payoff came on a three-yard touchdown pass from Bill Wade to receiver Johnny Morrison.
In the fourth, the Redskins moved in to take the lead. After Chicago punted from its own end zone, Washington took possession at the Bear 29. Jurgensen handed to Taylor, who then gave the ball to Bobby Mitchell on a reverse. Mitchell got a nice block from Fran OíBrien and made it down to the 12 before being brought down. Soon after that Coia, who had dropped a potential go-head touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in a loss the week before, completed his transformation from goat to hero when he sped past his defender and took Jurgensenís crisp pass at the goal line to make the score 20-13.
The Bears were not done. They had to rely almost exclusively on the passing game as the Washington defense had shut down their ground attack. Wadeís 53rd pass of the game was a three-yard touchdown pass to fullback Joe Marconi and the game was again tied.
The key plays on the Skinsí winning drive were a 24-yard run with a pitchout by Taylor and Jurgensenís screen pass to Don Bosseler that was good for 18. From the Bear 15 with the clock running down, Jurgensen threw to Carpenter on the right sideline. Safety Richie Petitbon was waiting there for him, but Carpenter made a nice pivot move and Petitbon wound up face down on the turf. Perhaps the defender was able to lift his head in time to see Carpenter speed into the end zone.