Kuharich was using a defensive alignment unlike any other in the NFL that season, one with four down linemen and three linebackers. To accomplish that, he moved the middle guard from the traditional five-man line and dropped him between the two outside linebackers. Within a few years, the 4-3 would become the standard NFL defense. It had been more than adequate the week before against the Browns. Now it finally stopped the Eagles early in the fourth quarter, and the Redskins took over at their 40. Runners Leo Elter, Dale Atkeson and Zagers bulled for four first downs, and Janowicz kicked a 20-yard field goal that increased the Redskins' advantage to 31-23.
The Eagles still were not about to cave. They drove nearly the length of the field, and with a five-yard touchdown pass by Thomason to Bill Stribling and Bobby Walston's extra point, they whittled the lead to one point. But the Redskins controlled the ball the final 3 minutes and 20 seconds of the game, and Redskins fans were treated to another unaccustomed victory.