The Packers defeat the Redskins, 48-47, at Lambeau Field in the highest-scoring Monday night game ever. Washington, the defending Super Bowl champion with current Packers President Mark Murphy in its starting lineup at safety, loses as reigning league MVP Mark Moseley misses a 39-yard field goal with three seconds left.
The two teams combined for 1,025 yards and 19 scoring drives in 22 possessions, with only one punt by each squad. They also combined for at least 20 points in each quarter, including 31 in the final stanza when the lead changed hands five times. The final change came on Jan Stenerud’s 20-yard field goal, which held up thanks to Moseley’s miss.
Quarterbacks Lynn Dickey (22-of-31, 387 yards, three TDs) and Joe Theismann (27-of-39, 398 yards, two TDs) dueled under the lights as a total of seven players posted at least 90 yards from scrimmage.The game was a microcosm of the Packers’ entire season, as Green Bay had one of the league’s most prolific offenses but also one of its worst defenses. While scoring a (then) team-record 429 points, the Packers allowed 439 in an 8-8 campaign that featured 10 games decided by six points or less.