Washington Redskins (6-4) 10, Green Bay Packers (2-8) 9
Monday November 21st 1977 (at Washington)
(WASHINGTON) - Joe Theismann hit Mike Thomas with a seven-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth period to give the Redskins a hard-fought 10-9 victory over the Packers in the NFL's Monday night TV game. Trailing 6-3 on field goals of 40 and 42 yards by Green Bay's Chester Marcol, the Redskins launched their winning drive after a clipping penalty on a punt return set them back to their own 21-yard line. Theismann drove the Redskins 79 yards in nine plays, including a 30-yard pass to Danny Buggs that gave Washington a first down on the Packers' 31. After a 12-yard scramble by Theismann - who frequently ran to escape Green Bay's rush - got a first down on the seven, Thomas beat Packer S Johnnie Gray for the score. Mark Moseley, whose 35-yard field goal put Washington ahead 3-0 in the second quarter, kicked the conversion which proved to be the winning point when Marcol kicked his third field goal, a 44-yarder, with 4:16 remaining. Packer QB David Whitehurst, who completed 12-of-24 passes for 140 yards and three interceptions, drove the Packers from their 16 up to their 48 before an interception by Joe Lavender halted their last ditch effort with no timeouts to pull out the victory. Theismann, meanwhile, completed 10-of-21 passes for 121 yards and one interception. He was sacked four times by the Packers, but the Redskin defenders nailed Whitehurst six times including once on the final drive.
GREEN BAY  -  0  3  3  3 -  9
WASHINGTON -  0  3  0  7 - 10
                       GREEN BAY    WASHINGTON
First downs                   17            15
Rush-yards-TDs           35-89-0      38-159-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 12-24-140-0-3 10-21-124-1-1
Sacked-yards                6-33          4-29
Net pass yards               107            95
Total yards                  196           254
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           0-0
Turnovers                      4             1
Penalties-yards             2-25         11-85
SCORING
2nd - WASH - Mark Moseley, 35-yard field goal WASHINGTON 3-0
2nd - GB - Marcol, 40-yard field goal TIED 3-3
3rd - GB - Marcol, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
4th - WASH - Mike Thomas, 7-yd pass from Joe Theismann (Moseley kick) WASHINGTON 10-6
4th - GB - Marcol, 44-yard field goal WASHINGTON 10-9
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Nate Simpson 10-47, Barty Smith 9-25, Jim Culbreath 4-18, David Whitehurst 2-5, Terdell Middleton 2-(-2), Willard Harrell 8-(-4)
WASHINGTON - Mike Thomas 22-81, Clarence Harmon 11-37, Joe Theismann 4-34, Calvin Hill 1-7
PASSING
GREEN BAY - David Whitehurst 24-14-140 3 INT
WASHINGTON - Joe Theismann 21-10-124 1 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Steve Odom 4-48, Ollie Smith 3-36, Barty Smith 3-10, Willard Harrell 1-48, Aundra Thompson 1-(-2)
WASHINGTON - Danny Buggs 4-45, Mike Thomas 3-32 1 TD, Jean Fugett 2-35, Frank Grant 1-12