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Flashback Friday: Zorn vs. the Redskins

Nov 21, 2008, 10:00 AM EDT

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Jim Zorn faced the team he would wind up coaching twice during his NFL career. His Seahawks were 1-1 in those games. Here are the details from the pages of The Redskins From A to Z:

Seahawks 14, Redskins 0
September 28, 1980
RFK Stadium

The Seahawks took to the ground to control the game against Washington. Seattle outrushed the Redskins 235-78 to take this snoozer.

Not only were the Skins unable to run, their passing game was hampered by four Seattle interceptions, two of them by cornerback Dave Brown. Quarterback Jim Zorn compiled all the points that the Seahawks with a 21-yard scramble for a second-quarter touchdown.

It did not help that the normally reliable Mark Moseley was having an off day. The Pro Bowl kicker from 1979 missed all three of his field goal attempts, from 33, 50, and 52 yards.

Despite the Seahawks’ dominance, the Redskins still had a chance to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Trailing 7-0, they marched to a first and goal at the Seattle four, but Brown cut in front of Art Monk and intercepted Joe Theismann’s pass to end the threat. Seattle then drove to its other TD, an eight-yard run by Dan Doornick.

Redskins 27, Seahawks 17
September 25, 1983

Joe Theismann completed just nine passes, but they were good for 162 yards and three touchdowns as the Redskins downed the Seahawks.

Theismann’s efficient passing was augmented by two takeaways by the Redskins defense that led to a pair of short touchdown drives. The first happened early in the game when the Seahawks’ running back Curt Warner fumbled and Tony McGee recovered for Washington at the Seattle 19. Soon after that, John Riggins went over from a yard out and the Redskins led 7-0.

The Redskins stretched their lead in the second quarter with a pair of long Theismann touchdown passes. One covered 64 yards to Charlie Brown. After Jim Zorn drew the Seahawks closer with a touchdown pass to Steve Largent, Theismann launched one 47 yards to Alvin Garrett for another score. The extra point after the second score was missed, and Washington held a 20-10 halftime lead.

That lead held through the third quarter, and then Vernon Dean broke it open in the fourth. He intercepted a pass at the Seattle 48 and returned it to the 22. That set up a four-yard touchdown pass from Theismann to tight end Rick Walker that clinched the win with 5:07 left in the game.

A late touchdown pass from Zorn to Largent merely served to make the final score more respectable. Archives

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