1937: On September 16th the Redskins made their Washington debut, a successful one by beating the New York Giants 13-3 before 24,492 at Griffith Stadium. The star of the game was Running Back Riley Smith who put the game away with a 60-yard Touchdown run. The Redskins would go on to impress Washington fans all season claiming the Eastern Division with a solid 8-3 record. In the NFL Championship Game the Redskins faced the Bears on a frigid day in Chicago. The Redskins seemed to have an answer for the Bears all day. Every time the Bears took the lead, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh would answer with a Touchdown. In the 3rd Quarter alone Baugh tied the score on Touchdown passes twice before giving the Redskins lead 28-21 with a pass to Ed Justice. The Redskins would not relinquish the lead winning their first Championship 28-21, as Baugh passed for 352 yards.
1938: The Redskins marched into their second season in Washington with a band and a new fight song, which was penned by Owner George Preston Marshal’s wife, Corrine Griffith, a former silent movie actress. However, the Redskins quest for a second straight Championship ended with a disappointing 36-0 loss to the Giants in New York in the final game of the season, as the Skins settled for second Place with a 6-3-2 record.
1939: The Redskins are among the best teams in the NFL again and enter the final game of the season with an 8-1-1 record, facing the Giants in New York with Division Title on the line. However, for the second year in a row the Giants would hold the Redskins off advancing to the NFL Championship with a 9-7 win.
1940: The Redskins come charging out of the gates winning their first seven games to take control of the Division Title. However, after losing two of their next three games the Skins were in jeopardy of missing another chance for the Championship Game. In their final game the Redskins would beat the Philadelphia Eagles at Griffith Stadium to claim the Title with a 9-2 record. The Redskins would go on to host the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship Game. However, the Redskins may have been better off not being there at all. Within 55 seconds they trailed 7-0, and it only got worse from there, as the Redskins were humiliated before 36,000 at Griffith Stadium. The score still remains the biggest playoff blowout in NFL history.
1941: The Redskins looked strong again getting off to a solid 5-1 start. However, their chances for a Division Title ended with a frustrating four game losing streak. The Redskins would go on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 in their final game to finish with a 6-5 record, as Government, and Military workers were paged throughout the game following the attack on Pearl Harbor earlier that morning.
1942: After winning their first game of the season the Redskins found themselves frustrated by the New York Giants again falling 14-7 despite only allowing one yard on Offense. However, that loss would be the only blemish on the season as the Redskins won the East with an impressive 10-1 record. In the NFL Championship game the Redskins would get revenge by beating the Chicago Bears 13-7, completely shutting down their offense. As the final seconds ticked off 36,000 fans at Griffith Stadium rushed the field tearing down the goal posts ripping up the sod and even fighting their way in the locker to celebrate the Redskins second NFL Championship. Hours after the game Coach Ray Flaherty would depart for service in the Navy.
1943: Under new Coach Dutch Bergman appeared to be cruising for another NFL Championship game with a 6-0-1 record. However losses in their final three games including two to the New York Giants forced them to have to face the Giants in a Divisional Playoff in New York with Eastern Division on the line. After losing to the Giants 2 weeks in a row, the Redskins took out their frustrations shutting the Giants out 28-0 to earn a trip to Chicago for a NFL Championship rematch with the Bears. The Redskins were unable to stop Bears Quarterback Sid Luckman all day as their hopes for a repeat NFL Championship ended with a 41-21 loss. However, the Redskins were furthered embarrassed when Owner George Preston Marshal was led out of the stadium by police after a verbal altercation with President Ralph Brizzolara. After the game Coach Bergman was dismissed and replaced by Dudley DeGroot.
1944: With a 6-1-1 record the Redskins were in position to play for the NFL Championship again. However, for the second year in a row the Redskins lost their final two games of the year to the New York Giants, but this time there was no Divisional Playoff back for the Redskins who fell from first to third place with a 6-3-1 record.
1945: After a stunning loss in Boston to the Yanks in the season opener the Redskins caught fire and won their next six games. The Redskins would go on to claim the Eastern Division with an 8-2 record, after they won their final two games by shutting out the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. In the NFL Championship Game the Redskins would face the Rams in a dreary cold day in Cleveland. The game would go down to the last minute as the Redskins lost a heartbreaker 15-14 when two Joe Aguirre Field Goal Attempts hit the goal posts.
1946: Despite the departure of Coach Dudley DeGroot, Ray Flaherty is not rehired despite leading them to the Championship Game four times in six years, while winning two titles. Instead the Redskins turned to Turk Edwards. The Redskins would only play mediocre football the rest of the way finishing with a disappointing 5-5-2 record.
1947: In a draft day blunder, the Redskins select Running Back Cal Rossi for the second year in a row. The previous season it turned out he had a year remaining in college, now things would get worse when he told the Skins he had no desire top play pro-football. Part of the problem came from scouting. Owner George Preston Marshall only had a 50-cent budget for scouting, which was the price of couple of football magazines. The Redskins would go on to finish the season with a 4-8 record.
1948: After two poor seasons the Redskins get back into the playoff picture by getting off to a 6-2 start. However, three straight losses would end their playoff hopes, as they needed a win in their final game to finish with a 7-5 record. Following the season Coach Turk Edwards would be replaced by John Welchel.
1949: The Redskins would play shaky football in their first seven games posting a 3-3-1 record, leading to the dismissal of Coach John Welchel. Under new Coach Herman Ball the Redskins would only play worse losing four of five games and finishing with a 4-7-1 record.
1950: In Herman Ball’s first full season as coach the Redskins start the season on the right note winning their first game of the season. However, eight straight losses would doom them to a last place finishing with a 3-9 record.
1951: The Redskins would continue to struggle under coach Herman Ball losing their first three games before Ball was replaced by Dick Todd. Under Todd the Redskins would show improvement winning their first two games, and five out of nine games to finish with a 5-7 record. However, despite the strong finish Todd was not kept on as the Redskins hired legendary Green Bay Packers coach Curly Lambeau.
1952: In Curly Lambeau’s first season as coach the Redskins would get off to a miserable 2-8 start. However, the Redskins would finish the season on a strong note winning their last two games to finish with a 4-8 record. The season would be the last for Sliggin’ Sammy Baugh who ended his impressive 16-year career.
1953: The Redskins who played mediocre football most of the season ended on a strong note by winning three of their last four games to finish with a 6-5-1 record, ending a four year string of losing seasons. However, Curly Lambeau would not return for a third season, being replaced by Joe Kuharich.
1954: Under Coach Joe Kuharich the Redskins would lose first five games on the way to a miserable 3-9 record.
1955: The Redskins would show flashes of brilliance an impressive midseason four game winning streak. The Redskins would go on to finish in second place with a solid 8-4 record.
1956: The Redskins bounce back from an awful 0-3, by winning five in games in a row. However, after losing three of their last four games the Redskins had to settle for a disappointing 6-6 record.
1957: The Redskins struggle all year getting of to a poor 2-6-1 start, and falling out of contention quickly. However, the Redskins would end the season on a strong note winning their final three games to finish with a 5-6-1 record.
1958: The Redskins continue to struggle posting a dreadful 4-7-1 record it was the seventh time in ten seasons that the Redskins posted a losing record. It would eventually cost Coach Joe Kuharich his job, as he was replaced by Mike Nixon following the season.
1959: Coach Mike Nixon’s tenure does not get off to a good start losing four of their first five games. After winning two games in a row the Redskins lose five straight to close the season with a terrible 3-9 record.
1960: The Redskins suffer a miserable 1-9-2 season that was capped by a dreadful eight game losing streak that closed out the season. Following the season Coach Mike Nixon is fired ending a dreadful 4-18-2 administration. The Redskins would eventually name Bill McPeak to replace him.
1961: In another draft day blunder, the Redskins select Quarterback Norm Snead in the first round over Fran Tarkenton. It is the sixth Quarterback the Redskins selected in the draft in ten years, as the franchise continued to struggle, despite moving in to a state of the art new stadium. On October 1st the Redskins lost to the New York Giants 24-21 in the first game at DC Stadium. Losing would be a regular occurrence for the Redskins who beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-24 in their final game of the season at DC Stadium. It would be the only win on the season for the Redskins who finished with an embarrassing 1-12-1 record.
1962: After years of resistance the Washington Redskins become the last team to integrate their roster when they trade their top draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for Wide Receiver Bobby Mitchell. The move came only after the NFL and District of Columbia threatened to evict them, that Owner George Preston Marshall, a known racist finally relented. Despite playing in place where it was made known he was not welcome Mitchell had a stellar season scoring 11 Touchdowns, and posting 1,384 receiving yards, as the Redskins got off to a 4-0-2 start. However the Redskins would lose seven of their last eight games to finish with a 5-7-2 record.
1963: The Redskins continue to play awful football losing 10 of their last 11 games on the way to finishing with a 3-11 record. The only bright spot is Wide Receiver Bobby Mitchell who collects 1,436 receiving yards. However, he only catches seven Touchdown passes, as Quarterback Norm Snead suffers a miserable season in which he throws 27 interceptions.
1964: The Redskins get off to a terrible start losing their first four games, but after winning six of their next eight games they actually had a chance at a winning season. However, by losing their final two games the Skins finished 6-8 and posted their eighth straight losing season.
1965: The Redskins get off to a miserable start losing their first five games on the way to yet another losing season with a 6-8 record. Following the season Coach Bill McPeak is fired after five seasons without a winning record. He would eventually be replaced by former Cleveland Browns Quarterback Otto Graham.
1966: After playing mediocre football season the Redskins explode for 72 points in a 72-41 win over the New York Giants at DC Stadium that set a record for total points in a regular season game. The Redskins would get their head above water the following week with a 34-31 win over the Cowboys in Dallas. However, a loss in their final game to the Philadelphia Eagles would slide their record to 7-7 ending hopes for their first winning season in 11 years.
1967: With a record of 5-5-3 the Redskins only need a win over the New Orleans Saints at DC Stadium to post their first winning record in 12 years. However, the Redskins would be stunned 30-14 by the expansion Saints and would finish with a 5-6-3 record.
1968: The Redskins struggles continued as the defense allows 358 points in another poor 5-9 season. Following the season Coach Otto Graham is fired and replaced by Vince Lombardi who leaves the Green Bay Packers after being promised part ownership of the once great franchise in Washington.
1969: Prior to the start of the season DC Stadium is renamed RFK Stadium in honor of the slain Senator. The Redskins also lose a family member when Owner George Preston Marshall dies at the age of 72. With Vince Lombardi now coaching the Redskins finally post a winning record at 7-5-2, ending a long frustrating 14-year drought. Quarterback Sonny Jurgensen who passed for 3,102 yards said He learned more from him in five days than he had in 12 previous years.
1970: The Redskins are hit hard with tragedy before the season starts when Coach Vince Lombardi dies from colon cancer. Under his replacement Bill Austin the Redskins would take a step back finishing with a 6-8 record. However not all was lost as Running Back Larry Brown became the first Redskin to break the 1,000-yard barrier by rushing for 1,125 yards. George Allen would replace Interim Coach Bill Austin following the season.
1971: In George Allen’s first season as Coach, the Redskins win their first five games, as newly acquired Quarterback Billy Kilmer impresses under center. The Redskins would only play mediocre football down the stretch, but their 9-4-1 record was good enough to earn them the Wild Card spot. In their first playoff game in 26 years the Redskins faced the 49ers in San Francisco, and would take a 10-3 lead into halftime. However, the 49ers would make a thrilling comeback to end the Skins season with a 24-20 win.
1972: Now wearing burgundy helmets with an Indian’s head on them the Redskins win their first two games before falling to the Patriots in New England by one point. The loss would stand as the Redskins only blemish until two straight losses ended the season. However, a nine game winning streak, and an 11-5 record was enough to capture the NFC East, as Running Back Larry Brown won MVP honors by scoring 12 Touchdowns, and collecting 1,689 All Purpose Yards. In the Divisional Playoffs the Redskins hosted the Green Bay Packers in the first playoff game in Washington in 30 years. The defense was the star that day as the Redskins won 14-3. In the NFC Championship game the Redskins shut down the Dallas Cowboys all day, and emerged with a 26-3 victory before 53,129 spectators at RFK Stadium.
Super Bowl VII: The Redskins were matched up with Miami Dolphins who were seeking to complete a perfect 17-0 season, in the Super Bowl played in George Allen’s old stomping grounds the Los Angeles Coliseum. However, it was clear early that it was not the Redskins day. They could not get anything going on Offense and trailed the Dolphins 14-0 in the 4th Quarter with five minutes left. However, just as it seemed the Dolphins were going to drive the last nail in the coffin with a Field Goal when the kick was blocked. In a strange move Dolphins kicker tried to pass the ball but the ball slipped out of his hands and in to the arms of Mike Bass who returned it 49 yards for the Redskins only score of the day, as the Redskins dreams of a Lombardi Trophy died with a 14-7 loss.
1973: Billy Kilmer and the “Over the Hill Gang” continued to perform their magic as the Redskins compiled another impressive 10-4 record. However they would have to settle for the Wild Card after losing the Division by a tiebreaker to the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins postseason would come to a quick end with a 27-20 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota.
1974: With Sonny Jurgensen coming off the bench the Redskins make the playoffs again as a Wild Card posting a 10-4 record for the second season in a row. While sharing duties with Billy Kilmer Jurgensen would pass for 1,185 yards while connecting on 11 Touchdowns to just five Interceptions. In the playoffs the Redskins season would end quickly again with a 19-10 loss to the Rams in Los Angeles. After the season Jurgensen was forced to retire, as the Redskins gave his back up spot to a young Quarterback name Joe Thiesmann who they signed out of the CFL a year earlier. That same season the Redskins were purchased by Jack Kent Cooke giving them another owner with personality, who liked to do things on a grand scale.
1975: The Redskins were in position for the playoffs again standing at 8-4 entering a match up with Cowboys in Dallas that would decide the Wild Card spot. Also looking to make history was Wide Receiver Charley Taylor who needed just two catches to set the all time record of pass catches. However Taylor would come up empty and so would the Redskins as their playoff hopes ended with a 31-10 loss. A week later Taylor would final grab the record, but the Skins would lose again and would finish in third Place with an 8-6 record.
1976: The Redskins win their last four games to finish with a 10-4 record, earning the Wild Card spot, and their fifth Playoff berth in six years, as Running Back Mike Thomas wins the Offensive Rookie of the Year by rushing for 1,101 yards. However, once again the Redskins would fall right away in the playoff losing to the Vikings 35-20 in Minnesota.
1977: The Redskins close the season on a strong not by winning their final three games. However, after a mediocre start the Redskins 9-5 record is not good enough for a playoff spot. Following the season Coach George Allen is fired and replaced by Jack Pardee despite posting seven straight winning seasons.
1978: Finally getting a chance to play regularly Joe Theismann finds life in the NFL rough going as he is sacked 41 times, while passing for 2,593 yards. Theismann is also picked off 18 times as the Redskins play mediocre football all year finishing with an 8-8 record.
1979: Joe Theismann has a coming of age season passing for 2,797 yards while throwing 20 Touchdown passes, and running another four Touchdowns in himself, as the Redskins enter the final game of the year in Dallas with NFC East on the line. The Redskins appeared to have the Division locked up with a 34-21 lead late in the 4th Quarter. However, the Skins would fall victims to a Roger Staubach come back, falling to 10-6. The loss not only cost the Redskins the Division but it also cost them a playoff spot as the Skins lost all tiebreakers.
1980: With Running Back John Riggins missing the entire season the Redskins struggle all season finishing with a disappointing 6-10 record. Following the season Coach Jack Pardee is fired and replaced by Joe Gibbs.
1981: Under Joe Gibbs the Redskins get off to a terrible start losing their first five games, and six out of eight games, as fans started calling for the ouster of the first year coach. The Redskins would go on to finish the season on a strong note by taking six of their final eight games to finish with an 8-8 record.
1982: Using their momentum for the end of the previous season the Redskins get off to a solid 2-0 start before the season was interrupted by a two month Player’s strike. When the players returned the Redskins did not miss a beat winning five of their six remaining games to claim the top seed in the playoffs with a 7-1 record, as Kicker Mark Mosley wins the NFL MVP. In doing so Mosley became the first pure kicker to earn the honor as his foot provided the difference in four of the team’s seven wins including back- to-back weeks in which he was the only offense the Redskins had. In the Playoffs the Redskins continued down the warpath destroying the Detroit Lions 31-21 in the fist Round, and beating the Minnesota Vikings 21-7 in the second round. The Redskins would go on to face the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game there John Riggins would grind out 140 yards to break the Cowboys spirits in a 31-17 win that earned the Redskins a trip to their second Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XVII: Ten years after losing to the Miami Dolphins in their first trip to the big game the Redskins found themselves in a rematch with Fish in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Through out most of the game the Redskins shut down the Dolphins offense including not allowing 1 pass to be completed in the second half. However, thanks to a 2nd Quarter kickoff return the Dolphins held a 17-13 lead entering the 4th Quarter. Things could have been worse as Joe Theismann saved a potential back-breaking Interception at the goal line by batting his own deflected pass down through a Dolphins defenders arms. However, as the 4th Quarter was starting the Redskins Hogs began wearing down the Dolphins killer Bees. With 10 minutes left John Riggins gave the Redskins a 20-17 lead breaking several tackles during a powerful 43-yard Touchdown run. The Redskins would go on to pad the lead to 27-17 claiming their first Championship in 40 years, as John Riggins was named Super Bowl MVP.
1983: The Redskins started their title defense on the wrong foot by losing to the Dallas Cowboys at RFK Stadoi, 31-30. However, the Redskins would only lose one more game the rest of the way to winning the NFC East with a 14-2 record. The season opening shoot out was the first of many as the Redskins scored 541 points setting a new NFL record for total points, as Quarterback Joe Theismann won the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. However the Redskins defense would allow 332 points as the team was involved in several shootouts on the season. Winning a 37-35 thriller at RFK Stadium over the Los Angeles Raiders and falling to the Packers in Green Bay 48-47. In the playoffs the Redskins continued to tally up the points beating the Los Angeles Rams 51-7 at RFK Stadium for a berth in the NFC Championship Game. In the Championship the Redskins would hold a 21-0 lead entering the 4th Quarter over the San Francisco 49ers. However, after Joe Montana tied the game with three Touchdown passes the Redskins needed a Mark Mosley Field Goal with 40 seconds left to earn a trip to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row with a 24-21 win.
Super Bowl XVIII: In a rematch of a thrilling game earlier in the season the Redskins faced the Los Angeles Raiders with the Lombardi Trophy on the line in Tampa. Early on it was obvious that it was not the Redskins day as the Raiders took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter ion a blocked punt. Things would only get worse when Joe Theismann is intercepted at he goal line by Jack Squirek who gives the Raiders a 21-3 halftime lead. In the 3rd Quarter the Redskins finally cracked the endzone but Mark Mosley had his PAT blocked. It would be as close as the Redskins ever got as the Raiders went on to break the game open on the way to a 38-9 victory.
1984: The Redskins started the season slowly losing their first two games against two of the NFL’s top teams. The Redskins would recover to win their next five games, but a mid season slump had them on the playoff bubble at 7-5. However, the Redskins would finish the season in strong fashion winning their final four games to win the NFC East with an 11-5 record. The Redskins quest for a thid straight NFC Championship ended quickly as the Skins were stunned by the Chicago Bears 23-19 at RFK Stadium.
1985: After getting off to a slow start by losing three of their first four games the Redskins entered a key Monday Night game with the New York Giants on November 18th with a record of 5-5. The Skins fell behind early, and all hoped looked loss as Joe Theismann’s career came to a quick and sudden en. Late in the 2nd Quarter on a flea flicker play Theismann hand the ball off to John Riggins who pitched the ball back to him. However, the Giants defense was not fooled as three Giants swarmed on top of him causing his leg to buckle and snap as a nationwide audience watched horrified. Theismann would we replaced by Jay Shroeder who passed for 221 yards the rest of the way leading a 23-21 come from behind victory. Shroeder would play solid football, as the Redskins won four of their last five games. However, at 10-6 the Redskins missed the playoff by a tiebreaker. Following the season Running Back John Riggins would announce his retirement.
1986: With Jay Shroeder now the starting Quarterback the Redskins jump out of the gates quickly winning their first five games on the way to an 11-2 start. However, the Redskins would have to settle for the Wild Card after losing two of their last three games to finish with a solid 12-4 record. In the Wild Card game the Redskins defense shut down the Los Angeles Rams in a 19-7 win at RFK Stadium. A week later the Redskins traveled to Chicago and shocked the defending Super Bowl Champion Bears overcoming a 13-7 deficit at halftime for a 27-13 win in which they allowed only 87 yards total offense in the second half. However, in the NFC Championship Game the Redskins are beaten by the Giants for the third time 17-0 on a cold and windy day in the Meadowlands.
1987: The Redskins got off to a terrific start winning six of their first seven games as the Redskins replacement players were among the best of the scab teams. In their final game the Redskins replacements beat the Cowboys regulars 13-7 in Dallas. However, Quarterback Jay Shroeder struggled after the strike and the Redskins only played mediocre football as Doug Williams came in for relief. The Redskins did manage to win the NFC East with an 11-4 record, but had a Quarterback controversy brewing as they headed into the playoffs. In the Divisional Playoff in Chicago the Redskins turned to Doug Williams, as they fell behind early 14-0. However, the Redskins stormed back to tie the game at halftime. In the second half the Skins would take the lead an acrobatic 52-yard punt return by Darrell Green. The Redskins would go to hold off the Bears for a 21-17 victory. A week later the Redskins faced the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game at RFK Stadium. In a close battle the Redskins would take the lead for good with five minutes left in the game on Williams Touchdown pass to Gary Clark. With time winding down Cornerback Darrell Green playing with strained ribs clinched the NFC Championship with a bone-crunching hit that locked up a 17-10 victory.
Super Bowl XXII: Back in the Super Bowl for the third time in six years the Redskins faced the Denver Broncos in San Diego. Things looked bleak as the Redskins trailed 10-0 after the 1st Quarter. However, the Redskins would explode for a record 35 points to take a 35-10 lead into halftime. By the time the 2nd Quarter fans had all memorized the word to Hail to the Redskins as Doug Williams connected on four Touchdown passes two of which were greater the 50 yards, and unknown Running Back Timmy Smith ran for a 58-yard Touchdown run. In the second half the Redskins just sat on the lead adding one more Smith Touchdown who was the MVP of the 42-10 romp, throwing four Touchdown passes, and collecting 340 yards through the air.
1988: The Redskins appeared poised for another playoff run when they over came a 2-3 start by winning their next three games to sit at 5-3 at the season’s mid point. However, the Redskins playoff hopes would die quickly as they lost six of their last eight games while Quarterback Doug Williams struggled with injuries and interceptions.
1989: With Mark Rypien taking over at Quarterback the Redskins thread the .500 mark through the first 12 games before winning their last four games to finish with a 10-6 record. However, it was not good enough for a playoff spot as 13-3 loss the Cowboys at RFK Stadium would haunt them all off season. For the Cowboys it was their only win o n the season, and it made for double frustration for the Redskins.
1990: The Redskins played strong football winning two of their first three games, but found themselves in trouble as Quarterback Mark Rypien was injured in week three win over Dallas Cowboys. Without Rypien the Redskins would lose three of five games as backup Stan Humphries struggled. When Rypien returned the Redskins took five of their last seven to make the playoffs with a 10-6 record. In the Wild Card Game the Redskins stunned the Eagles on a rain-slicked field in Philadelphia 20-6. However their season would end a week later with a 28-10 demolishing form the 49ers in San Francisco.
1991: Starting with an overwhelming opening night 45-0 shellacking of the Detroit Lions in RFK Stadium, it was clear the Redskins were unstoppable. The Redskins would take command of the NFC East and never look back jumping out to an 11-0 start blowing away the competition along the way. However, on November 24th the Redskins dreams of an undefeated season ended with a 24-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at RFK Stadium. However, the loss was a mere bump in the road as they went on to win their next three games in convincing fashion before losing a meaningless game at the end of the season, and posting a 14-2 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Redskins overcame heavy rain and swirling winds to beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-7 at RFK Stadium. In the NFC Championship the Redskins faced the Lions again. This time the game was closer, as the Redskins destroyed the Lions again 41-10 to advance to their fourth Super Bowl in ten years.
Super Bowl XXVI: The Redskins found themselves in the Super Bowl again as they faced the Buffalo Bills in Minneapolis. After a scoreless 1st Quarter, the Redskins took command in the 2nd Quarter by scoring 17 points. After halftime the Skins continued down the warpath padding their lead to 24-0, before the Bills put up 10 points. However, the Redskins would score a Touchdown before the end of the quarter, and two Field Goals to establish a big lead. The Bills would score two Touchdown for cosmetic purposes as the Redskins won their third Lombardi trophy by a 37-24 score, as Quarterback Mark Rypien won the Super Bowl MVP.
1992: The Redskins title defense started off on the wrong foot as Quarterback Mark Rypien had a long training camp holdout. Perhaps not being full prepared Rypien struggled mightily in the Redskins 23-10 season opening loss on Monday Night to the Cowboys in Dallas. The Redskins would play solid football most of the first half establishing a 6-3 record. However, the Redskins playoff hopes began to take a hit with a two game losing streak. The Redskins would recover to win three games in a row, but lost their last two games to finish the season with a 9-7 record. Despite the inconstancy the Redskins still managed to barely make the playoffs. In the Wild Card Round, the Redskins playing as the sixth seed stunned Vikings 24-7 in Minnesota playing one of their most complete games of the season. However, a week later their season would end with a 20-13 loss in San Francisco to the 49ers. The loss would mark the end of an era as Coach Joe Gibbs retired to concentrate on owning racing cars in NASCAR.
1993: New head coach Richie Pettibone’s career started out with a bang in an impressive Monday Night 35-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys at RFK Stadium. However, the season opening win was the lone bright spot, as the lost their next games on the way to a terrible 4-12 that was the worst record in the NFC. The season would wind up being the last for Mark Rypien who was released after a terrible season where he only had four Touchdown passes. In addition it was the only season for Coach Richie Pettibone who was fired and replaced by Norv Turner.
1994: With the departure of Mark Rypein the Redskins drafted two Quarterbacks, Heath Shuler in the first, and Gus Frerotte in the later rounds. Frerotte got the early opportunities as Heath Shuler held out in Training Camp. However both only played mediocre football as the Redskins suffered a miserable 3-13 season.
1995: Gus Freotte established himself as the starter throwing 13 Touchdown passes while passing for 2,751 yards in a 6-10 season on which the Redskins showed improvement. Of the six wins the Redskins had, three came against playoff teams, which included a satisfying sweep of the eventual Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys.
1996: In the final season of football at RFK Stadium the Redskins get off to a terrific start winning seven game sin a row after a loss that opened the season. However, the Redskins revival was short lived as the Redskins lost six of their next seven games and were eliminated form playoff competition. However, on December 22nd the Redskins closed RFK Stadium with a 37-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys, as they posted a 9-7 record.
1997: For many years a new stadium was the dream of Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke. That dream was about to come true as a new stadium located in Raljon Maryland was set to open. In truth the stadium was in Landover, but Cooke, ever the showman renamed the 200 acres surrounding the stadium he built with his own money Raljon after his two sons Ralph and John. However, Cooke would not get a chance to see is dream come to fruition as he passed away in April just five months before the stadiums opening. On September 14th the Redskins opened Jack Kent Cooke Stadium with a dramatic 19-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals. However, the Skins would only play mediocre football all season finishing with an 8-7-1 record.
1998: The Redskins stumble out of the gate losing their first seven games on the way to a 2-9 start, as Trent Green replaces Quarterback Gus Frerotte early in the season. The Redskins would finish the season on a strong note winning four games in a row before dropping the last game of the season to the Cowboys in Dallas to finish with a 6-10 record. Following the season the Redskins sign Free Agent Quarterback Brad Johnson letting both Freotte, and Green go.
1999: With inheritance taxes overwhelming family finances the Cooke estate is forced to sell the team. The buyer is Daniel Snyder a New York investment banker. Snyder would immediately get rid of the name Raljon, and would sell the stadium’s name to FedEx. The Redskins would take the Division lead early by winning four of their first five games, as Quarterback Brad Johnson was on the way to an impressive season in which he passed for 4,0005 yards. The Redskins would hit a rough stretch losing five of nine games, but by winning their last two games the Redskins won the NFC East with a 10-6 record. In the Wild Card Round the Redskins who did not earn a bye beat the Detroit Lions 27-13 in the first playoff game ever at FedEx Field. In the Divisional Playoff the Redskins jumped out to a quick lead over the Buccaneers in Tampa. However, the Bucs would rally and take a 14-13 lead in the 4th Quarter. The Redskins would have one last chance to win the game but Center Dan Turk’s snap to his brother Matt Turk who was the holder for a game winning Field Goal went awry, and the Skins season ended in disappointment. Despite making the playoff General Manager Charlie Casserly who had been in the organization for over 20 years was fired.
2000: With addition of Free Agents Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith the Redskins were the favorite by most experts to make the Super Bowl. However, the Redskins seemed to be going down a bad path even though they won six of their first eight games. With Brad Johnson hurt most of the second half the Skins started to struggle and fell out of first palace by losing four of their next five. Still in the playoff chase at 7-6 the Redskins would suddenly fire Coach Norv Turner. The move would backfire as the Skins lost their next two gamess under Interim Coach Terry Robiskie, before winning their season finale to finish with an 8-8 record. Following the season Marty Schottenheimer was hired as both the Coach and General Manager, as he hired most of his family to assist him.
2001: With the departure of Quarterback Brad Johnson, the Redskins turned to Jeff George. However, George struggled early and clashed with Coach Marty Schottenhimer, before being released after an ugly 37-0 Monday Night loss to the Packers in Green Bay. The loss dropped the Redskins to 0-2, as the Skins lost their first two games by a combined 67-3 score. Under new Quarterback Tony Banks the Redskins would lose their next three games before a dramatic come form behind win in overtime against the Carolina Panthers. The win over the Panthers would trigger a five game winning streak as the Skins climbed to .500. The rest of the way the Skins would alternate wins and losses finishing with an 8-8 record. Despite the strong finish Schottenhimer is fired after the season as Snyder agrees to buy out his large contract.
2002: New Coach Steve Spurrier would come to the Redskins as one of the premiere coaches in College Football, with the reputation of being an offensive genius. However, his attempt to bring the fun and gun offense to the NFL resulted in the Redskins firing more blanks, as the impatient Spurrier rotated Danny Weurfel, Shane Matthews and Rookie Patrick Ramsey at Quarterback all season, while Running Back Stephen Davis only managed only 820 yards rushing on the season as the Redskins posted a record of 7-9 which landed them in third place in the NFC East. The season in which the Redskins celebrated their 70th anniversary as an NFL franchise would mark the end of Corner Back Darrell Green’s career, as the future Hall of Famer retired after a stellar 20-year career with the Redskins.
2003: The Redskins raided the New York Jets for several key players adding Wide Receiver Leveranues Coles, Kicker John Hall, and Kick Return Specialist Chad Morton through free agency. As fait would have it they would meet their former team as the NFL kicked the season off with a special Thursday Opener at FedEx Field. Coles would have 106 yards receiving while John Hall nailed the game winner with 5 seconds left as the Skins started the season with a solid 16-13 win. A week later the Redskins showed their ability to comeback recovering from an early 17-0 deficit on the road as Patrick Ramsey passed for 356 yards 180 of which were to his new favorite receiver Leveranues Coles in a 33-31 victory. After losing to the New York Giants in overtime the Redskins looked solid again in a 20-17 win over the New England Patriots that had them off to a solid 3-1 start. However Ramsey began to struggle and the Redskins lost their next four games. After a 27-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks the Skins slide continued as Patrick Ramsey under pressure all season was forced to the sidelines with an injured foot. The Redskins would win just one more game the rest of the season finishing in third place with a disappointing 5-11 record. The only highlight in the final weeks came when Bruce Smith Jesse Palmer of the New York Giants to set the career all-time sack record, in what would be the Hall of Famer’s final season. As the season came to an end it became apparent that Steve Spurrier was not made for coaching in the NFL and he would resign following the season. With free agent signings every season and big coaching hires that did not work out Owner Daniel Snyder knew he had to do something to bring back the fans’ confidence in the team. To accomplish this Snyder looked at the team’s glorious past and hired Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs, who led the Redskins to three Super Bowl Championships to replace Spurrier. In building the team for 2004 Snyder was active again trading Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos for Running Back Clinton Portis to give the Skins a player to build the offense around.
2004: Hoping for a return to glory the Redskins turned to their glory days and brought Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs out of retirement. Gibbs who led the Redskins to three Super Bowl Championships had not coached since 1992, spending his time at the track with a successful NASCAR team. All of Washington was a buzz as Gibbs made his return and things could not start better as Clinton Portis their big off-season acquisition scored a 64-yard Touchdown run on his very first carry as the Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10. However, the joy would be short lived as Portis and the offense struggled losing their next four games. After a 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears the Redskins struggles continues as the Redskins offense remained in neutral as they failed to reach 20 points in any of their first nine games running a 3-6 record. This would lead to the benching of Quarterback Mark Brunell as Patrick Ramsey was given another shot. Under Ramsey the Redskins would not fare much better as they broke 20 just three times while finishing in last place with a 6-10 record. Among the big disappointments was Portis who scored just five Touchdowns, while Gibbs decade away from the sidelines showed as he had trouble adjusting to some new rules including the shorter play clock, as the Redskins often were called for delay of game at crucial times while wasting key timeouts.
2005: Thanks to a solid defense the Redskins got started with a win as they edged the Chicago Bears 9-7 on three John Hall Field Goals. In Week 2 the Redskins offense stalled again as they trailed the Dallas Cowboys late 13-0 on the road. However two passes from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss changed the game as the two hooked up for two quick Touchdowns one for 39 yards one for 70 yardsto give the Skins a stunning Monday Night win. A week later the Redskins continued to win on defense as they edged the Seattle Seahawks in overtime 20-17. However, back to back losses to the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs would send the Redskins reeling as they won just two of their next eight games, including a frustrating 36-35 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in which the Bucs rolled the dice and went for two with a minute to play with Mike Alstott getting the ball for smash mouth conversion that some replays showed the ball never crossed the goaline, but the call was not reversed as it was ruled inconclusive by the officials. At 5-6 the Redskins looked anything but a playoff team, but a solid 24-9 road win over the St. Louis Rams would suddenly get the team back on track, as they won a second in a row the following week against the Arizona Cardinals. The Skins continued to roll when they came home crushing the Cowboys 35-7 to suddenly get back into the playoff picture. The following week they extend the streak to four in a row as they crushed the New York Giants 35-20 on Christmas Eve. Needing another win to close the season to sneak into the playoffs the Redskins would not disappoint as they beat the reeling Philadelphia Eagles 31-20 to finish at 10-6, earning the sixth seed in the NFC Playoffs. One of the big reasons for the strong finish was Running Back Clinton Portis who broke 100 yards in each game as he a solid 1,516 yard season with 11 Touchdowns, while often appearing in colorful costumes during the week leading up to games. In the playoffs the Redskins would get a rematch with the Buccaneers and thanks to their defense as a LaVar Arrington interception set up Portis for a shirt Touchdown run to give the Skins a 7-0 lead, then a 51-yard fumble recovery from Sean Taylor gave them a 14-0 lead before the 1st Quarter was over. As it turned it out the Redskins would need their defense to do some scoring because the offense was stalled all day as Mark Brunell passed for a mere 41 yards as the Redskins had just 120 yards total offense. However, the early scoring would be enough as the Redskins went on to win the game 17-10. A week later the Redskins would rely on their defense again as they held a 3-0 lead late in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks. However, it would not be enough as the Super Bowl Bound Seahawks buoyed by their fans would take a 7-3 lead into halftimes, and would go on to take the game over in the second half as they beat the Redskins 20-10 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.
2006: The Redskins season suffered a setback before it even began as Running Back Clinton Ports suffered a painful shoulder injury in the team’s first pre-season game. Though he returned in time to play in the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, he was slowed all season rushing for just 523 yards with 7 Touchdowns in eight games, as the Redskins struggled winning just two of their first seven games. In the a game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Redskins were given new life after Nick Novak missed a 49-yard Field Goal with 31 seconds left as the Cowboys own attempt at a game winning Field Goal was blocked and returned to set Novak up for a second chance with an untimed down thanks to a Dallas penalty. Novak would not miss this time giving the Redskins a spirit lifting 22-19 victory. However, a week later Quarterback Mark Brunnel continued to struggle, passing for 132 yards with an interception in a 27-3 lo
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