Goal Post Safety

Goal Post Safety
December 16, 1945
Cleveland Stadium
NFL Championship
Cleveland Rams (15) over Washington Redskins (14)

A gusty wind blows through Cleveland Stadium and sub-zero temperatures prevail. Washington's Sammy Baugh throws a pass from deep in his own endzone that is blown into the upright on the goal line. It is ruled a safety, and breaks a scoreless tie in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Washington's other quarterback, Frank Filchock passes to Steve Bagarus for a touchdown. This is answered by a touchdown by Cleveland's Bob Waterfield on a 36-yard pass to Jim Benton. In the third quarter Waterfield hits Jim Gillete for what becomes a 53-yard touchdown play, but the point-after is missed. Later Filchock hits Seymour for an 8 yard touchdown for Washington, but even with the successful PAT, the Redskins fall short at 14 to 15. Besides causing the deciding safety, the swirling winds may have contributed to 2 field goal misses (of 46 and 31 yards) by Redskins' kicker Joe Aguirre. Despite this apparent "home field advantage", the Rams moved to Los Angeles in 1946.

Score by Quarter
Team123 4Final
Washington 077 014
Cleve Rams 276 015
Attendance: 32,178

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