The Philadelphia linemen not only were beaten, but they were also beaten quickly. Walters had enjoyed a big game against Coy Bacon, the Redskins' 36-year-old defensive end, in Philly, but Bacon turned things around in Washington. He had two individual sacks of Jaworski and split another.
"I knew Coy was ready," said Hermeling, who has to face Bacon every day in practice. "I've never seen him work harder during the week. I've never seen him so fired up for a game."
The Eagle offensive linemen kept slipping and had trouble holding their blocks, which led to speculation that perhaps the footing hadn't been good. "It wasn't slippery for our linemen," said Washington Linebacker Pete Wysocki. "Or maybe we just hire guys with wide feet."
Jaworski took a harsh physical beating. "The Redskins were in my face before I could do anything, before I could look for my lay-off receivers," he said. At times Jaworski acted as though his sore ankle was bothering him. At the end of the game, when Redskin Cornerback Tony Peters turned out the lights with an interception, he made it a point to find Jaworski and lay the ball at the quarterback's feet.
"Do you think you might have come in thinking it would be easy after last time?" Jaworski was asked.
"We're not good enough to think that way," he said.
"How about Peters taunting you the way he did?"
Jaworski paused for a moment to give his words some weight. "If someone wants to do that, then somewhere down the road he's gonna pay for it," he said. "Athletes have long memories. They don't forget."
The Redskins, who scored on touchdown runs by Benny Malone (10 yards) and Quarterback Joe Theismann (one yard) and on a 23-yard field goal by Mark Moseley as they built a 17-0 lead before Jaworski put the Eagles on the board with a 40-yard pass to Keith Krepfle, gained 327 yards, but that's not what beat the Eagles. In the loss at Philadelphia they had gained 318 and also had scored 17 points. This time, though, they had the sun-god on their side. The temperature was in the low 80s, and the jerseys of the Eagle defenders, who were on the field 38 of the 60 minutes, were dark with sweat before the second quarter was halfway over. The Redskins ran off 74 plays to the Eagles' 50.
"If you'd sat at home and drawn up a game plan, that's exactly the way you'd want to do it," said Redskin Fullback John Riggins, who busted Philadelphia for 120 yards. "Except that your own offense gets a little tired, too."