He took a lateral from Dorow, slipped three tackles, and got a block from one of his guards. At the 10-yard-line, 230-pound linebacker Bob Long collared the 175- pound James. But James twisted out of Long's grasp, out of his own helmet even, and ran into the end zone.
After the Lions cut the lead to 10-3, LeBaron replaced the ineffective Dorow at quarterback. But LeBaron fumbled on his first handoff, and, after James returned a punt to midfield one minute before halftime, LeBaron reinjured his left knee. Back came Dorow, who threw close to a perfect pass which Steve Melinger proceeded to drop at the goal line. Washington nonetheless moved the ball down the field, and a field goal by Baker sent the Redskins into halftime with a 13-3 lead.
The Lions mustered a touchdown early in the second half after a call that angered Redskins fans. On fourth down and one from the Washington three, Lions fullback Gene Gedman seemed to be stopped shy of the first down. That's what one official signaled. He was overruled, however, and Gedman soon wedged into the end zone.
Washington then charged back 75 yards, mostly on the ground, and had fourth-and-three from the Detroit five. But Kuharich opted not to go for an almost certain field goal, and Wells was thrown for a 1-yard loss.