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Packers vs. Redskins: Two games from Days Gone By

Whenever the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins face off, I remember two past contests between them immediately.

First, the 1972 divisional playoff game where the Packers faced the George Allen led Redskins with the “Over the Hill Gang” with Billy Kilmer at quarterback and the Green Bay offense led by quarterback Scott Hunter with the one-two punch of running backs John Brockington and MacArthur Lane.

A powerful running game was all Green Bay had in those days with the duo racking up around 2,000 yards that season in 14 games played. It was a different style of football back then where the rules favored power running games over passing. Green Bay won the NFL Central Division in 1972 and met the Redskins on the road in the playoffs. There was much written about the vaunted Packers rushing attack and how the Redskins might have difficulty in stopping it.

Interestingly enough, coach Allen came up with a simple solution. He played a five defensive lineman front to stop the Packers’ rushing attack and it worked as the Redskins lumbered to a 16-3 win over Green Bay. It was an early introduction for me to the Packers as a young boy.

The second game that comes to mind was the polar opposite of the 1972 playoff game.

The 1983 regular season contest pitted Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann against Packers quarterback Lynn Dickey and the air attack of Green Bay featuring wide receiversJohn Jefferson and Hall of Famer James Lofton and TE Paul Coffman.

While the Redskins were favored, the Packers gave them all  they could handle in that Monday night nationally televised contest with touchdowns being scored at will. When the dust settled, the Packers came out on top 48-47 in one of the highest scoring games in Monday Night Football history. I was a young grad student in Houston, Texas, watching that game and could not believe my eyes.

One of the most entertaining games I have ever watched and will always remember.

Green Bay is 6-8 lifetime against the Redskins.

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