RFK Stadium - The Redskins carried a 17-0 lead into the fourth quarter but had to withstand two missed field goal attempts by the Rams in the final seconds to claim the win.
Mark Moseley booted a 45-yard field goal to put the home team up 17-0 in the third quarter. Apparently, at that point, the Redskins' collective mind started to wander to the results of upcoming games that would determine their playoff fate. Meanwhile, LA coach Chuck Knox inserted backup quarterback Vince Ferragamo into the game. The sub led a 72-yard drive to one touchdown and then Dave Elmendorf intercepted a Kilmer pass and returned it to his own 38. Rod Phillips ripped off runs of 23 and 25 yards, breaking numerous attempted tackled in the process, setting up Ferragamo's two-yard touchdown pass to Jim Jodat that made it 17-14 with just over five minutes left.
The Redskins managed two first downs, but still had to punt the ball back to the Rams, who took possession at their own 20 with 1:51 left. From there, the Rams moved to the Washington 27 with six seconds left. Rafael Septein was short on a 45-yard field goal attempt, but a borderline roughing the kicker call gave him another shot from five yards closer. The 40-yard try was long enough but well wide to the left and the Redskins were still alive in the playoff picture.
Washington was eliminated from the playoffs the next day. Redskins needed either Minnesota or Chicago to lose to gain the Wild Card spot, but both the Vikings and Bears won to claim postseason berths and eliminate the Redskins.