Flashback Friday: Sammy Baugh Throws 4 TD’s and Gets 4 Interceptions (Video)

Sammy Baugh

This week’s Flashback Friday details the 1943 game between the Washington Redskins faced the Detroit Lions in front of a home crowd of over 35,000 at Griffith Stadium  A game that featured Washington Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback ‘Slingin’ Sammy Baugh intercepting four passes and throwing four touchdown passes in the same game.

Sammy Baugh Picks Off, And Throws 4 Passes

Sammy was the NFL’s top passer while also starring as a defensive halfback and punter for Washington. No one has ever matched his performance from that day. Several players have had four interception games, including current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, but none of those same players played on both sides of the ball and excelled to the point Baugh did.

Baugh’s four picks against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 14, 1943, was only part of his big day. The Redskins star led his team to a 42-20 win on a chilly day in Washington by also throwing four touchdown passes and continually pinning the Lions deep in their own end with his quick, accurate punts.

Sunday, November 14, 1943
1 2 3 4 Final
Detroit Lions (3-5-1) 0 0 13 7 20
Washington Redskins (5-0-1) 7 14 7 14 42



1st Redskins Bob Masterson 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick) 0 7
2nd Redskins Bob Seymour 28-yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick) 0 14
Redskins Lou Rymkus 21 yard interception return (Bob Masterson kick) 0 21
3rd Redskins Bob Masterson 10 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick) 0 28
Lions Jack Matheson 22 yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (kick failed) 6 28
4th Redskins Andy Farkas 41-yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick) 6 35
3rd Lions Frankie Sinkwich 39 yard interception return (Augie Lio kick) 13 35
4th Lions Bill Callihan 40-yard pass from Frankie Sinkwich (Augie Lio kick) 20 35
Redskins Joe Aguirre 4-yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Joe Aguirre kick) 20 42

Team Stats

First downs 10 12
Rush-yards-TDs 21-80-0 29-106-1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 13-34-170-2-5 18-30-180-4-2
Sacked-yards 0-0 0-0
Net pass yards 170 180
Total yards 250 286
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-0
Turnovers 6 2
Penalties-yards 8-75 6-60


Passing, Rushing, & Receiving

Passing Rushing Receiving
Tm Cmp Att Yds TD Int Lng Att Yds TD Lng Rec Yds TD Lng
Sammy Baugh WAS 18 30 180 4 2 0

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