To Joe Harris, whose running into the kicker penalty gave Los Angeles a second chance to send yesterday's game into overtime, Rams place-kicker Rafael Septein should be performing in a Hollywood studio instead of the Coliseum.
Harris acknowledged that he touched Septien as the first-year Redskin rushed the first attempt up the middle.
"But I just bumped him when I went in," Harris insisted. "He did a good fake job. I was trying to hold him up. He faked really good, though. He just came into me and did his little act."
By the time the penalty flag was noticed, Washington fans had run onto the field and had to be cleared so Septien could try again, from 40 yards.
"He missed the first one and three had to be a lot of pressure on him on that second kick." Ken Houston said. "He had a lot of time to think about it because a lot of kids ran on the field. We had a lot of pressure on him up the middle, too. And he knew that too.
"When you're a soccer-style kicker hooking the ball, it's hard for him to straighten it out."
Meanwhile, Harris did not let the penalty discourage him.
"You can't fake it this time," Harris kept yelling across the line of scrimmage from the place Pete Wysocki used to line up before he suffered a hamstring injury.
After Septien hooked the second attempt wide - and while the fans streamed onto the field again - Harris approached Septien and said, "What are you trying to do? I never hit you."
"Well," Harris said Septien replied, "I'm not the official."
Asked where Harris had hit him, Septien replied in a postgame interview: "All over."
Quarterback Billy Kilmer looked at the ending in the perspective of the Redskins continuing mistakes that have hurt them all season, but this time getting the breaks that had eluded them earlier. For instance, a tipped pass cost them the first Giants game.
This week a tipped pass that went Washington's way led to a 59-yard Frank Grant touchdown.
"I'm just happy to get a break," said Kilmer. "Somewhere along the line all the teams that are winning you'll see them get breaks like that. You know, Baltimore won the Super Bowl because of a tipped ball like that.
"You take the good with the bad and the ball bounced our way."
But Kilmer was unhappy that the Redskins did not have their destiny in their own hands.
"It's the first time we haven't been able to control it," he said. "And now we have to sit back and hope the powers that be that got that pass to Frank Grant are going to help us out somewhere else."
The pass to which Kilmer referred - the Redskins' longest play of the season - came on the first play after Eddie Brown returned his 55th punt of the season, an NFL record. The pass was supposed to go to tight end Jean Fugett.
"The guy (Monte Jackson) that was covering Frank sloughed over and came over and I threw it pretty hard," Kilmer said.
"It went through his hands to Frank. I'll take all of them. I'd rather be lucky than good any day."
On the play, Grant had just turned after running his pattern and noticed that his man. Jackson, was no longer covering him.
"I saw six hands go up, the ball being tipped, headed my way," Grant said, "and I reached down and grabbed it. I didn't know if it was complete or they were going to throw a flag on this or whatever.
"As I said, I just grabbed it and went to the end zone to see if they'd call it back. If not, then it's a touchdown."