RFK Stadium - The Redskins gave the undefeated visitors all they could handle, but the Rams came up with a blocked punt and a key interception to escape with the win.
Punters Mike Bragg of Washington and Pat Studstill of LA were involved in a punting duel for much of the first half, interrupted only by an exchange of field goals. Bragg was getting the better of the exchanges until Willie Ellison led a jailbreak and got to a Bragg punt just off the kicker’s toe and scrambled for the recovery at the Washington 22. After two plays and three penalties on Washington—one of those penalties nullified an end zone interception by Pat Fischer—Roman Gabriel threw a one-yard scoring pass to tight end Bob Klein and the Rams were up 10-6.
With the Rams up 10-6 in the fourth, the defense forced the Rams to punt and the Redskins took possession at their own six. Soon after that, though, cornerback Jim Nettles cut in front of a pass intended for Charley Taylor at the Washington 39 and returned it to the one. Although a clipping penalty forced the Rams to put the ball in play at the spot of the interception, the Rams moved in for the kill. It came on Ellison’s one-yard touchdown run with just 3:31 left.