RFK Stadium - Two Charley Harraway touchdowns, one rushing and the other on a pass reception, spurred the Redskins to a 17-0 halftime lead. They had to hang on in the second half to assure to team of its first winning season since 1955.
25-yard punt return set up Harraway’s first score. From the Saints’ 12, the Redskins lined up in a tight formation. In a role reversal, halfback Larry Brown threw a block that cleared the way for the fullback Harraway and it was 7-0.
47-yard return with an interception by Rickie Harris set up a 19-yard Curt Knight field goal. After a New Orleans punt, Sonny Jurgensen took to the air, completing three of four passes that accounted for all of the 47 yards in the touchdown drive. The last 30 came on a short toss to Harraway, who blew by the linebacker attempting to cover him and went into the end zone untouched.
During the first half, in addition to Harris’ interception, Mike Bass picked off a Saints pass and Chris Hanburger recovered a fumble, but all the Redskins got off of those three turnovers was the three point’s following Harris’ play. It nearly cost the Redskins in the second half.
Rookie quarterback Edd Hargett, subbing for an ailing Billy Kilmer, brought the Saints’ offense to life. As a taste of things to come in the second half, Hargett moved his team from its own 20 to the Washington five, but the gun ending the half sounded before he could get off a play from there. Hargett led TD drives of 53 and 97 yards in the second half. In the game’s last two minutes, he drove the Saints to the Washington 43, but linebacker Harold McLinton tackled Hargett for no gain on fourth down and the Skins were able to kill the clock.