In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at the Redskins' historical offensive performance against the New York Giants on Nov. 27, 1966
On a cold November day at D.C stadium in 1966, the Washington Redskins battled a division rival, the New York Giants, for NFC East supremacy.
The showdown was a revenge opportunity for linebacker Sam Huff, who was facing off against his former team. However, it was the Redskins' offense that stole all of the headlines.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Sonny Jurgensen finished with 145 yards and three touchdowns, while running back A.D. Whitfield scored three touchdowns of his own, showcasing his ability as a both a running and receiving threat. The Redskins trounced the Giants, 72-41, that day in a game that still serves as the highest-scoring game in NFL history (113 points).
The Redskins (5-6) entered the game looking to get back to .500 against a struggling Giants team that was 1-8-1. Led by head coach Otto Graham and Jurgensen, the Redskins jumped out to an early 13-0 lead after the first quarter and entered halftime up, 34-14. Included in the scoring barrage was a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown by defensive back Brig Owens.
With a combined 48 points at the half, both teams continued to score at will in the second half. Exchanging touchdowns early in the third quarter, the Redskins scored the final two touchdowns of the quarter, which gave them a commanding 48-28 advantage entering the fourth. Seeing the offense and defense score touchdowns, the special teams got involved early on in the fourth quarter with a 52-yard punt return by defensive back Ricky Harris.
Ahead, 69-41, in the final seconds, the Redskins wanted to cross the 70-point plateau. Huff yearned to make a statement against his former team and advocated for kicking a 29-yard field goal. Graham obliged, and kicker Charlie Gogolak hit the 29-yarder as the clock expired to put the finishing touches on a dominant 72-41 victory. The performance made a statement to the rest of the NFL and still marks the only time a team has scored more than 70 points.