“It was a great defensive battle,” joked Washington Redskins head coach Otto Graham.
That’s how Pro Football Hall of Fame’s press release on the single highest scoring game in NFL history starts.
Honestly, as an avid lover of the art form known as Madden, even I the guy who runs vertical routes all day long probably can’t put up 72 points. I can’t even put up 72 points in a basketball game where I’m spotted 70 either.
But that’s exactly what the Redskins did to the New York Giants on November 27th, 1966.
Despite frigid temps like the ones that have whipped through our region this week, the fans at RFK Stadium were treated to the game of a lifetime.
16 touchdowns—seriously 16 trips into the end zone were taken that day.
The first was a five-yard connection between good ole Sonny Jurgensen and A.D. Whitfield, who had a career day of 79 yards and three touchdowns.
While a methodical drive that paced the length of the field and showed their muscle over an inferior New York defense, it doesn’t depict the day’s events of balls being lost in the crowd seemingly every other play.
On the next drive, Whitfield outlasted a Giant D that looked lost in a deep thaw, racing 63 yards to the end zone.
The rest is history.
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