Every now and then when I’m looking for something else, I stumble upon some really awesome old photos here at Redskins Park.
These three photos tell at least three thousands words, so I’ll shut up:
On October 1, 1967, the Redskins tangled with the Giants at DC Stadium in Washington. In what turned into a shootout in the district, the Redskins smoked Fran Tarkenton at the G-Men, 38-34.
Pictured above, Chris “The Hangman” Hanburger stares Tarkenton down. On the day, the Redskins defense sacked Tarkenton three times for -23 yards, and forced four fumbles. Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgenson was an efficient 22-for-36, for 285 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.
On September 29, 1968, the Redskins took on the Giants at Yankee Stadium in New York. It was a tough day for the Burgundy and Gold, but Jurgensen stood like a mountain in the pocket, and absorbed blow after blow. He was 26-for-40 on the day, with two touchdowns and three interceptions, as the Giants won 48-21.
Pictured above, Jurgensen’s last line of protection is Bronx native, offensive guard Vince Promuto. Promuto played for a decade in the district, and managed to buy his quarterback just enough time from the blitzing Giants defensive tackle Sam Silas. The Giants finished the day with four sacks on defense.
On September 28, 1975, the Redskins played host to Big Blue at RFK Stadium in DC. This day was all about the Burgundy and Gold, as they scored 28 points in the second quarter and 21 in the fourth to romp 49-13. The story of the day was the Redskins defense, which held the Giants to 161 yards, sacked Giants quarterback Craig Morton eight times, and forced three fumbles.
Pictured above, the Hanburg-lar is at it again, fending off Giants guard Tom Mullen for yet another fumble recovery.
When the Redskins and Giants take the field this afternoon, it will be for the 156th time, by far the most for both franchises. Let’s hope the outcome looks a lot like the fall of ’75.
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