Sunday Oct 16, 3-2 Redskins @ 0-5 Giants

2-3 Redskins travel to New York taking on the 0-5 Giants; this will be their first meeting with the Giants this season. Washington needs this win to keep pace for the division title. New York defeated the Redskins in 66 by the score of 13 to 10. Washington was 3-2 and the Giants were 0-4-1 coming into the ball game so both teams are pretty close to their actual win loss totals. Washington will be kicking off to start the game.

~ 1st Quarter ~

Clarence Childs returns the kickoff 26 yards to the New York 26 yard line and here comes Earl Morrall and the rest of the Giants offense out onto the field. Morrall hands off to Dan Lewis inside … gain of 5 yards and we have flags thrown already. The Giants are assessed a 15 yard penalty (Unsportsmanlike Conduct). It’s now 1st and 25 from the New York 11 yard line. Washington is looking run … Dan Lewis is the ball carrier … AND HE’S HAMMERED BEHIND THE LINE … that’s a loss of -2 yards … it’s 2nd and 27 from the New York 9 yard line. Chuck Mercein carries it off-tackle … left side … now lunges forward as he’s caught from behind … a gain of 5 yards … New York is looking at 3rd and 22 from their own 14. Earl Morrall … complete to Aaron Thomas … 5 yards on the play … he breaks the tackle … and fumbles the football …  at the New York 19 … Chuck Mercein recovers the fumble at the 19. New York is set in punt formation … … Ernie Koy takes the snap … and gets the punt away … Rickie Harris fields it at the Washington 44 … and returns the punt all the way for a 56 yard touchdown … and Charlie Gogolak’s point after is good. Redskins 7 Giants 0 with 12:18 left in the first quarter.

Clarence Childs returns the kickoff 9 yards … to the New York 9 yard line. New York will be starting in hole again for the second series. Dan Lewis taking it off-tackle … right side … bounces off a hit … now shifting further to the right … and slammed down … a pickup of 5 yards … its 2nd and 5 from the New York 14 yard line. Dan Lewis … feeling his way as he moves forward … side-steps a hit … and now he’s caught and flung out-of-bounds … that’s a pickup of 5 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 19. Earl Morrall … throws to Bobby Crespino … and it’s incomplete … Earl Morrall had Bobby Crespino open … but just led him a bit too far … 2nd and 10 from the New York 19 yard line. Chuck Mercein darts through the line … breaks to avoid a hit … caught and pulled down … a gain of 13 yards on the play … 1st and 10 from the New York 32. Dan Lewis tries the right side … NOTHING THERE … and he’s slammed to the turf … no gain … its 2nd and 10 from the New York 32 yard line. Chuck Mercein will carry it … trying to get to the outside … hit and sent reeling … behind the line of scrimmage … that will be a loss of -8 yards … New York is looking at 3rd and 18 from their own 24. Morrall throws down the middle and gets picked off at the 46 by Rickie Harris … Harris lost 2 yards on the return. Washington has the football and its first and ten for the Redskins at the 48 of NY.

The Giants are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Encroachment). It’s now 1st and 5 from the New York 43 yard line. Charley Taylor falls in the back-field … gets to his feet … zigzagging through the line … and pulled down … a good job of getting something out of nothing … a gain of 2 yards on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 3 from the New York 41. Jurgensen with a screen to Steve Thurlow … over threw him … incomplete. Charley Taylor carries it straight ahead … hammered from the side … and he gains nothing on the play … the Redskins now face a 4th and 3 from the New York 41. Washington is sending in the punter to try and keep the Giants pinned at their end of the field. Spider Lockhart lost track of where he was on the field … calls for the fair catch and New York will start 1st and 10 from their own 2 yard line.

Chuck Mercein protecting the football … driving ahead … driving … and now he’s tackled … a hard-fought pick up of 8 yards … its 2nd and 2 from the New York 10 yard line. Chuck Mercein carries it … straight ahead … and is mowed down by a sea of Redskins after a pickup of 2 yards … its 1st and 10 from the New York 12. Washington has a blitz on … Dan Lewis plows straight ahead … bounces off … now trying the right side … and he’s drilled to the turf … no gain … it’s 2nd and 10. Earl Morrall loops it to Homer Jones … just passed the line of scrimmage … but he’ll go no further as he’s downed at the New York 17 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 5 yards … New York is looking at 3rd and 5 from their own 17. Earl Morrall checks the defensive coverage … now takes the snap … throws to Homer Jones … incomplete … … it went IN and OUT of his hands … 4th and 5 from the New York 17 and another punt by the G-Men. Rickie Harris … calls for the fair catch … and Washington will start 1st and 10 from their own 31 yard line.

Jurgensen hands off to his fullback Steve Thurlow … trap right … finds a crease … side-steps a hit … and a decent pick up of 12 yards … its 1st and 10 for the Redskins. Sonny has his backs in an I-Formation … three step drop and fires out to Bobby Mitchell in the right flat … gain of 5 yards on the play. Sonny Jurgensen scans the secondary … takes the snap and drops back … throws to Jerry Smith … and it’s right through his hands … incomplete … Washington is looking at 3rd and 5 from their own 48. Sonny Jurgensen puts it in the air … Charley Taylor hauls it in … defender draped all over him … and he’s downed at the New York 39 yard line … a pickup of 13 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 39 with 1:25 to go in the first. Sonny Jurgensen … looking … looking … throws to Jerry Smith … and it’s incomplete … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the New York 39. Charley Taylor is the ball carrier … has a hole … avoids a hit … and now he’s brought to the turf … that’s a gain of 11 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 28. Charley Taylor carries it … hit in the backfield … breaks free … and now he’s brought down … right at the line of scrimmage … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the New York 28 as the gun sounds for quarter one.

~ 2nd Quarter ~

Sonny Jurgensen throws left … Jerry Smith with the catch at the New York 25 … bounces off a tackle … and is downed at the New York 18 yard line … a pickup of 10 yards … a new set of downs … as its 1st and 10 from the New York 18. Sonny Jurgensen throws to Bobby Mitchell … he drops to his knees and pulls it in … and he’s immediately touched down at the New York 10 yard line … a gain of 8 yards. Charley Taylor has the football … hits the line … lowers his shoulder … and is brought down … that’s a pickup of 5 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the New York 5. Power dive to fullback Steve Thurlow … pushes the pile into the end zone … touchdown Washington. Redskins will setup for the conversion and Charlie Gogolak’s point after is good … Redskins 14 Giants 0. Charlie Gogolak with the kick off and the Giants will field it at the New York 4 … Clarence Childs returns the kickoff 34 yards to the New York 38 yard line.

Chuck Mercein tries the middle of the line … bounces off … veers left … and now he’s chopped to his knee’s … that’s a 1 yard gain … it’s 2nd and 9. Reverse to Homer Jones and he gets knocked out by a blindside hit and the ball is on the ground FUMBLE! Stan Jones recovers the fumble for Washington at the 41 of New York and the Redskins have great field position once again. Jones is up on his feet and heading to the side line looking pretty wobbly on his feet. Sonny Jurgensen side-arm throw to Charley Taylor slipping out of the backfield … just 5 yards on the pass play … that sets up a 2nd and 5 from the New York 36. Sonny Jurgensen cocks and drills it to Jerry Smith at the New York 28 … he makes a nice sliding catch … back on his feet … and downed at the New York 23 yard line … 13 yard gain on the play. New York has five up on the line … Charley Taylor has the ball … tripped up and brought down … that’s a loss of -4 yards on the toss sweep. Sonny Jurgensen … scans the field … and now throws to Bobby Mitchell … he’s got it at the New York 19 … … grabbed by the ankle and pulled down at the New York 17 yard line … 3rd and 4 for the Redskins. Sonny Jurgensen fakes the hand-off to Taylor off tackle … quick toss to Steve Thurlow in the flat … trying to get to the outside … and he’s pulled down at the New York 9 yard line and that’s a gain of 8 yards … 1st and goal from the New York 9 and the Redskins are looking to blowing this ball game wide open. Charley Taylor is the ball carrier … looking for a crease … and he’s driven to the turf … no gain … it’s now 2nd and goal from the New York 9. Sonny Jurgensen … with a mis-direction play … throws left side to Jerry Smith … and he’s wrapped up at the New York 5 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 4 yards … 3rd and goal for the Redskins. Sonny Jurgensen throws off his back foot to Bobby Mitchell … bulling his way forward and brought down at the New York 3 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 2 yards … it’s now 4th and goal and that’s a small victory for the Giants as Washington is sending in Charlie Gogolak. From the 3 … the football will be spotted at the New York 10 yard line and the Redskins are looking at a 10 yard field goal attempt … and Charlie Gogolak’s field goal from 10 yards is right through the uprights … IT’S GOOD and that will extend the Redskins the lead … it’s now 17-0 for Washington with 7:20 left in the first half. Clarence Childs will not return it from the endzone … they’ll scrimmage the football at their own 20 … and they start there, first down and 10 yards to go.

Earl Morrall … throws to Homer Jones … and it’s incomplete … …  the Redskins defender was all over Homer Jones … and may be fortunate that pass interference wasn’t called … … it’s 2nd and 10 from the New York 20 yard line. Earl Morrall … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Walt Barnes … and that’s a loss of 11 yards … New York is looking at 3rd and 21 from their own 9 after that sack. Earl Morrall drops back to pass … PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE … and Earl Morrall scrambles for 2 yards … the Giants now face a 4th and 19 and they will punt the football. Rickie Harris fields it at the Washington 39 … and returns the punt 4 yards … to the Washington 43 yard line.

Charley Taylor carries it … and his front line collapses … he’s tackled behind the line of scrimmage … that’s a loss of -3 yards … its 2nd and 13 from the Washington 40 yard line. Sonny Jurgensen … rolls out and throws a quick strike to Bobby Mitchell at the Washington 48 … not much room … and he’s hauled down at the Washington 49 yard line … a gain of 9 yards … just a little over 4 minutes to go. Sonny Jurgensen … throws to Steve Thurlow … and it’s incomplete … … Steve Thurlow was hit just as the ball arrived … and couldn’t hold on … … the Redskins now face a 4th and 4 from the Washington 49. The Redskins are set in punt formation … … Pat Richter’s punt will carry into and out of the back of the endzone … it’s a touchback … the Giants will scrimmage from their 20.

Dan Lewis carries it off-tackle … nothing there … and the Redskins hold him to no gain … its 2nd and 10. Earl Morrall … throws to Homer Jones … and it’s incomplete … …  the Redskins read and defended that play to perfection … New York is looking at 3rd and 10 from their own 20. Earl Morrall … throws to Ernie Koy … and it’s batted out of his hands …  incomplete … good coverage by the Redskins … the Giants will be forced again to punt.  Short punt by the Giants and Rickie Harris calls for the fair catch at the 46 of Washington.

Jurgensen and the line looking over the Giants defense … quick snap and flips a screen out to Taylor to his left … 10 yard gain on the play. Sonny dropping back … looking for this tight end … covered and pocket is collapsing … sprints out of the pocket and gains 5 yards. Sonny Jurgensen fakes the hand-off … throws a quick out to Charley Taylor … and he’s tackled at the New York 31 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 4 yards … it’s now 3rd and 1 and the two minute warning sounds. Charley Taylor running left … hits the line … nothing there … and he’s held to a 1 yard gain … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 30. Washington calls their 1st Time-Out … that stops the clock with 01:48 left … before half-time. Sonny Jurgensen … throws to Jerry Smith … AND IT’S JUST OUT OF HIS REACH … incomplete … … it’s now 2nd and 10. Sonny Jurgensen trying to get Jerry Smith involved in the game … snagged by Smith for a 6 yards gain … it’s now 3rd and 4 and Washington calls Time-Out … they’ve got one left … that stops the clock with 01:20 left … before half-time. Sonny Jurgensen … with a quick toss to Bobby Mitchell … setting up the screen … and the blocking breaks down … he’s tackled after a small gain of 7 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 17 and the clock is at 50 seconds. Sonny Jurgensen … throws to Charley Taylor … the blitz is on by New York forcing Jurgensen to throw early … incomplete … 2nd and 10. Sonny Jurgensen with a hard count … trying to draw New York offside … … now he drops back and throws to Bobby Mitchell … and it’s incomplete … … it’s now 3rd and 10 and just 25 seconds remain. Sonny Jurgensen … scans the field … takes the snap and throws to Steve Thurlow on a flare route … he makes the grab … and he’s pushed out-of-bounds … that’s a short gain of 4 yards … the Redskins now face a 4th and 6 from the New York 13 and they are sending in Gogolak. From the 13 … the football will be spotted at the New York 20 yard line and the Redskins are looking at a 20 yard field goal attempt and here’s Charlie Gogolak’s field goal from 20 yards … IT LOOKS GOOD … AND IT IS … and that will extend the Redskins the lead … it’s now 20-0 for Washington. … … and that’s the end of the 1st half … the Redskins kicked-off to begin the game … now the Giants will kick-off to begin the second half.

~ 3rd Quarter ~

Steve Thurlow feeling his way through the middle … finds a seam … breaks a tackle … and he’s wrapped up after a decent pick up of 7 yards … it’s 2nd and 3 from the Washington 42 yard line. Charley Taylor carries it … fighting for yardage … but flung back … for no gain … stellar run-defense by New York … Washington is looking at 3rd and 3 from their own 42. Sonny Jurgensen drops back to pass … PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE … and Sonny Jurgensen scrambles for 1 yard … the Redskins now face a 4th and 2 from the Washington 43. Washington is set in punt formation … Pat Richter takes the snap and gets the punt away … a booming kick! Spider Lockhart fields it at the New York 3 … and returns the punt 5 yards … to the New York 8 yard line.

Morrall struts up to the line … seven step drop into a solid pocket … throws downfield for Homer Jones … Jones got his hand on it tipping the football up in the air and it was almost picked off but it falls incomplete. Earl Morrall … under pressure … and he’s SACKED by Paul Krause coming on a safety blitz … a loss of 8 yards and gives up a safety! The Redskins will get 2 points and the Giants will have to kick the football from their own 20. Rickie Harris fields the safety kickoff at the Washington 25 … and returns the football 26 yards … to the New York 49 yard line.

Sonny Jurgensen … pump fake … now he throws to Jerry Smith … and it’s incomplete … the Giants looked like they KNEW what was coming … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the New York 49. Sonny has Bobby Mitchell coming around on a WR sweep … Mitchell gains 12 yards on the trick play. Charley Taylor carries the football … swallowed up at the line … and the Giants hold him to no gain … that sets up a 2nd and 10 from the New York 37. Sonny Jurgensen throws a quick fullback screen to Steve Thurlow … and he’s quickly hit and downed at the New York 35 yard line … gain of just 2 yards … it’s now 3rd and 8 for the Redskins. Sonny Jurgensen … JUST got it away … Charley Taylor pulls it in … and he’s T-Boned at the New York 31 yard line … a miniscule gain of 4 yards … the Redskins now face a 4th and 4 from the New York 31. Charlie Gogolak is heading in to try and increase the Redskins lead by 3 more points. From the 31 … the football will be spotted at the New York 38 yard line and the Redskins are looking at a 38 yard field goal attempt and Charlie Gogolak’s field goal from 38 yards is right through the uprights … IT’S GOOD and that will extend the Redskins lead … it’s now 25-0 for Washington midway through the 3rd. Clarence Childs returns the kick-off 16 yards … and there’s a fumble at the New York 19 yard line …  Freeman White recovers the fumble for New York at the 19 yard … that’ s was close.

Chuck Mercein carries it … MET HEAD ON … and now lying behind the line of scrimmage … under a pile of Washington linemen … that will be a loss of -1 yard … its 2nd and 11 from the New York 18 yard line. Earl Morrall … slant pass to Homer Jones … he pulls it in … but is held up and dropped at the New York 28 yard line … a gain of 10 yards … New York is looking at 3rd and 1 from their own 28. Chuck Mercein running left … and tripped up and sent sprawling … just passed the line of scrimmage … a 1 yard gain … it’s a rare 1st down for the Giants. The Giants are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Illegal Formation). This has been a pretty penalty free ball game so far. Earl Morrall takes the snap … medium long to Aaron Thomas at the New York 35 … nice leaping grab … and Aaron Thomas is tackled at the New York 44 yard line … a pickup of 20 yards and another 1st down for the Giants. Washington jumps offside … but get back before the snap … Dan Lewis carries it … good burst of speed … and now tripped and brought to the turf … that’s a pickup of 15 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Washington 41. New York with a man-in-motion … Dan Lewis carries it … stiff-arm … cuts right … and now he’s up-ended … a pickup of 9 yards. Washington is looking run … Chuck Mercein is the ball carrier … AND HE’S HAMMERED BEHIND THE LINE … that’s a loss of -2 yards … it’s now 3rd and 3 from the Washington 34. Earl Morrall drops back to pass … can’t find any one open … and now he’s going to run … he makes it back to the line of scrimmage and that’s all … the Giants now face a 4th and 3 from the Washington 34 and they will go for it. Earl Morrall … throws to Homer Jones … and it’s incomplete … too much mustard on Earl Morrall’s throw as it bounced off Homer Jones’s chest … New York turns it over on downs … and the Redskins have the football at the Washington 34 yard line with 1:40 left in the third.

Sonny Jurgensen peels out of the pocket … quick throw to Charley Taylor at the Washington 35 … hurdles a tackle … cuts inside as he’s hauled down at the Washington 43 yard line … a pickup of 9 yards … it’s 2nd and 1 for Washington. Charley Taylor carries the football … swallowed up at the line … and the Giants hold him to no gain … Washington is looking at 3rd and 1 from their own 43. The Giants shift their defensive line … Charley Taylor carries the football … hit in the back-field … and driven to the turf … right at the line of scrimmage … no gain on the play … that’s the final play of the 3rd period and the Redskins will punt to open up the 4th and final period in the ball game.

~ 4th Quarter ~

Spider Lockhart … calls for the fair catch … and New York will start 1st and 10 from their own 5 yard line. Chuck Mercein forges his way straight-ahead … not much there … but he squeeze’s through the line … now he’s dumped with a hard hit … a pickup of 4 yards … its 2nd and 6. Line judge threw his flag … Redskins are assessed a 5 yard penalty (Offside). Goal line defense by Washington … Chuck Mercein off tackle and gains 3 yards and that will move the chains for New York. Dan Lewis carries it … off-tackle right side … breaks a tackle … passed the line of scrimmage … and brought down after a gain of 7 yards … its 2nd and 3 from the New York 24 yard line. Earl Morrall rolling right out of the pocket … not much time as Ron Snidow is closing in on him … pulled down by his shoulder pads and that’s a 6 yard loss and another sack for Washington. Earl Morrall survey’s the secondary … throws it down-field … caught by Homer Jones … and he takes a hard hit and is dropped at the New York 29 yard line … a pickup of 11 yards … it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 29. Earl Morrall … flushed out of the pocket … throws to Homer Jones who pulls it in … and gets clunked at the New York 35 yard line … 2nd and 4. Earl Morrall checks his line … now takes the snap … throws a screen to Chuck Mercein … incomplete … … swatted away at the last second by the Redskins pass rusher … New York is looking at 3rd and 4. Morrall sends a man in motion … Washington playing man to man … five step drop by Morrall and he throws but he is way off target … picked off by Jim Shorter and he has room to return the interception … nice return of 25 yards to the New York 22. The Giants have turned the football over three times this afternoon.

Safety swing pass to Charley Taylor out of the backfield … hit him on the run … quick gain of 13 yards for Washington. Steve Thurlow trying to get to the outside corner on a toss sweep … now cuts it up-field … collides with a team-mate and goes down … and is now touched-down after a short gain of 5 yards … it’s now 2nd and goal from the New York 4. Thurlow leading the way with a great block but Taylor is dropped after a 2 yard gain. Sonny hands off to Taylor on a counter to the left … slips past the defensive end and he walks into the end zone. Gogolak’s extra point kick is good increasing the Redskins lead to 32 to 0 with 7:31 to go. The boo birds are out here in NY as the Giants will fall to 0-6, very difficult year for the G-Men and their fans.

Allen Jacobs is the ball carrier … has an opening … AND THAT CLOSED FAST … he’s tackled after gaining 2 yards … it’s 2nd and 8 from the New York 23 yard line. Morrall trying to get a pass off but he’s sacked again … this time its Carl Krammerer… coverage sack on that play as Morrall had nowhere to throw the football.  Earl Morrall … throws to Homer Jones … and it’s incomplete … … Earl Morrall looked like he hit his throwing hand on a Washington helmet … he looks like is in some pain … 4th and 9 from the New York 22. Rickie Harris fields the punt at the Washington 49 … tackled right there.

Charley Taylor carries it … off-tackle right side … met behind the line … but a good second effort gets him to the line of scrimmage … no gain on the play … it’s 2nd and 10 from the Washington 49 yard line. The Giants are showing blitz … Sonny Jurgensen sends a man-in-motion … takes the snap … and throws to Bobby Mitchell … and it’s incomplete … New York showed blitz … but didn’t bring it … … Washington is looking at 3rd and 10 from their own 49. Sonny Jurgensen throws a tight-spiral to Jerry Smith … he drops to one knee and hauls it in … and now he’s downed at the New York 39 yard line … a pickup of 12 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the New York 39. Steve Thurlow darts through the line … breaks to avoid a hit … caught and pulled down … a gain of 12 yards on the play … and that will move the chains … as its 1st and 10 from the New York 27. Charley Taylor … trying to get to the outside corner … now cuts it up-field … collides with a team-mate and goes down … and is now touched-down after a short gain of 2 yards and we are at the two minute warning. Charley Taylor carries the pigskin … passed the line of scrimmage … pivots inside … and now he’s tackled after a decent gain of 7 yards … it’s now 3rd and 1. Steve Thurlow for a yard and the Giants will not stop the clock so with just 30 second left we have one more play to end this brutal game for the New York. Steve Thurlow … dive to the right … gain of just 3 yards. And that does it … the final score … the Washington Redskins 32 and the New York Giants 0.

Actual Score: Washington 10 at New York 13
APBA Replay Score: Washington 32 at New York 0

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