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Washington 16 at Boston 19

1983 Week 3 - Sunday, March 20, 1983
Attendance: 18,430


Breakers run against the FederalsBOSTON (AP) A tiny home-opening crowd of 18,430 in nearly as tiny Nickerson Field (capacity: 20,535) saw Tim Mazzetti continue his sizzling performance for the Breakers with four field goals. Mazzetti had a meteoric rise and fall with Atlanta in the NFL a few years back. Boston edged winless Washington 19-16 on Mazzettis 29-yard field goal with 27 seconds left to play.

But the real hero of the game was Bostons nose tackle, Jeff Gaylord. He lined up opposite Federals center Dave Pacella, a replacement for regular long-snapper Bruce Byrom. Two of Pacellas snaps one on a field-goal attempt, the other on a punt were bungled, leading to a touchdown and the game-winning field goal by the Breakers.

I hate to give away my secret, Gaylord said of his play against Pacella, but right before he snaps the ball he squeezes it to get a good grip. So as he squeezed it the first time his arm went in motion and I slapped his arm and he made a bad snap.

The second time Gaylord swiped, he missed, but he was shaking. His face was white. He knew just what I was going to do. And Pacella admitted: I tried to rush the ball a little bit because I was expecting him to reach out for my arm.

Sunday, March 20, 1983 at Nickerson Field
Attendance: 18,430


1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
Final
Washington
3
7
6
0
16
BOSTON 3
6
0
10
19
WAS Ariri 38 yrd FG
BOS Mazzetti 20 yd FG
BOS Mazzetti 47 yd FG
WAS Walters 17 yd pass from McQuilken (Ariri kick)
BOS Mazzetti 21 yd FG
WAS Mayberry 1 yd run (kick failed)
BOS Crump 1 yd run (Mazzetti kick)
BOS Mazzetti 29 yd FG


TEAM STATISTICS
WAS
BOS
First Downs............................................
18
19
Total Net Yards...................................... 335 390
Total Yds Rushing...................................
27
143
Total Yds Passing...................................
308
247
Pass Att - Comp - Int.............................
47 - 24 - 4
41 - 21 - 2
Off Plays - Avg.......................................
74 - 4.5
68 - 5.7
Punts - Avg.............................................
3 - 33.3
5 - 37.6
Returns - Yds..........................................
10 - 140
9 - 94
Penalties - Yds........................................
8 - 65
12 - 70
Fumbles - Lost........................................
2 - 1
2 - 1
Time of Possession..................................
31:42
28:18

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing WAS Robinson 20-32; Mayberry 6-2; Hardeman 1-(-7)
BOS Crump 15-130; A. Johnson 1-11; Davis 5-10; D. Johnson 1-4; C. Smith 1-1
Passing WAS McQuilken 47-25-4-322
BOS Walton 41-21-2-247
Receiving WAS Walters 7-112; Robinson 9-98; Homes 5-88; Kinney 1-21; Mayberry 2-6
BOS Franz 5-73; A. Johnson 5-55; Crump 5-50; C. Smith 2-46; Strozier 1-12

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