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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Baugh Wow - Sammy leads Skins
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 12, 1937

It's a triumph of Baugh over brawn, a victory for a red-hot quarterback on an ice-cold field. Ignoring the 15 degree temperature at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Washington rookie Slingin' Sammy Baugh completes 18-of-33 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns as the Redskins melt down the Bears, 28-21, for the NFL championship before 15,878 freezing fans.

Trailing the Bronko Nagurski-led Bears 14-7 at halftime, Baugh has probably the greatest quarter of his life. His seven completions in nine passes account for an incredible 220 yards. Three of his throws result in touchdowns.

The first is a 55-yarder to Wayne Millner to tie the game at 14-14. Then on the first play from scrimmage after the Bears regain the lead, he connects with Millner again, this time on a 77-yard bomb. Finally, on Washington's next possession, he caps his performance with a 35-yard strike to Ed Justice for the winning score.

Washington, which had waited 24 years for its first baseball championship, wins the NFL title in its maiden year in the league (the Redskins had moved from Boston after last season).

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