As it says in the lead paragraph, most people remember Ken Houston's tackle of Walt Garrison at the goal line as a single moment frozen in time. What gets forgotten is that the entire game was a prime time Redskins-Cowboys classic. It was a Monday night matchup between the last two NFC champions, a low-scoring affair where every possession was critical.
October 8, 1973
RFK Stadium--This game will be remembered for the final play, but the events leading up to Ken Houston's goal line stand were electrifying in their own right.
The Skins fell behind 7-0 late in the second quarter, when Craig Morton found receiver Otto Stowe for 45 yards and a Dallas touchdown. The Washington offense finally got it going late in the fourth quarter, driving 57 yards to tie the game on a one-yard Sonny Jurgensen to Charley Taylor touchdown pass with 3:37 left. Just 63 seconds later, Morton overthrew tight end Billy Joe DuPree, free safety Brig Owens intercepted the pass, and dashed 26 yards down the left sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.
Had it not been for an odd hop of the ball, Houston would never have had his moment frozen in time. Dallas went a quick three and out and punted, but the ball bounced off of a Redskin and the Cowboys were back in business at the Washington 31 with two minutes left. Seven plays later, Pat Fischer broke up Morton's pass intended for Stowe, and it was fourth and goal at the four with 24 seconds left.
Morton hit Walt Garrison over the middle at the one. A fraction of a second later, Houston hit Garrison at the one. Just as Garrison's right foot touched the goal line, Houston wrapped his arms around the Dallas fullback in textbook style and drove Garrison backwards. Garrison feebly attempted to lateral the ball, but the whistle had blown. Possession, and the win, belonged to Washington.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.
Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.
Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.
Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.
Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.
Tweet of the week
Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.
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In case you missed it
Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.
Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.
A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.
The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her.
The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.
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Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.
The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.
The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.
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