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Need to Know: Which classic Redskins games do you want to see again?

May 22, 2016, 6:08 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 22, two days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.


—The Redskins last played a game 133 days ago. It will be 113 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: OTAs start 2; Redskins training camp starts 67; Preseason opener @ Falcons 81

Redskins classics

The NFL has announced that it will be greatly expanding its YouTube offerings later this year and include old games from start to finish. Initially they will publish three historical games from each team. Which three would you like them to post for the Redskins? Here are my suggestions—one Super Bowl, one playoff game and one regular season game.

Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section.

Regular seasonRedskins 29, Cardinals 27 12/16/1984: This is the forgotten classic of the 1980’s. The Redskins needed to win to take the NFC East title. For the Cardinals it was win and in, lose and go home. Oh, and Art Monk was on target to break the NFL record for receptions in a single season. The Cardinals rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit to take a 27-26 lead. Joe Theismann led a masterful drive, with key passes going to his record-breaking wide receiver, to a Mark Moseley field goal to send the Redskins to the playoffs.

A popular choice for some might be the 2005 Monday Night Miracle in Dallas, with Mark Brunell throwing two long TDs to Santana Moss in the late going to win it. But do you really want to sit through the ugly first 55 minutes of that to get to the good part?

PlayoffsRedskins 21, Bears 17 1987 season divisional playoff: Although everyone remembers Darrell Green’s 52-yard punt return that put the Redskins ahead to stay in the third quarter, there was more to this game than that. The home team jumped to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and it looked like the rout was on. Then after the Redskins rallied the defense had to make the lead stand up. This game was well played by the Redskins with tension throughout, another forgotten classic.

But, hey, if you want to go with the 1982 season NFC title game against the Cowboys I’m not going to argue. That game was fun, loud, and the call by Summerall and Madden was outstanding.

Super BowlXVII vs. Dolphins: Again, there is one big play here that is ingrained in everyone’s mind, the Riggins 43-yard touchdown run on fourth and one in the fourth quarter. But the game leading up to that moment is a story of the Redskins overcoming adversity after allowing some big plays. Joe Gibbs stuck with his game plan of pounding the ball to Riggins but he was only able to do so because of some clutch plays by the defense and on huge defensive play by the quarterback.

Super Bowl XXII featured The Quarter, 35 points produced masterfully by Doug Williams, Timmy Smith, Ricky Sanders, and company. But the second half of that game boring. Stick with the NFL Films 30-minute highlight treatment of that game. And Super Bowl XXVI was a superb crowning achievement by one of the best teams ever but it was over on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.

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  1. Steve Benden - May 22, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    1975 OT victory over Dallas 30-24 on Monday night!

  2. redskins12thman - May 22, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    If I could only watch three games, it would be the three Super Bowl victories (that’s what is what is most important to me).

    If I could watch two more games, it would be the 1937 and 1942 NFL championships as I have never seen these matches. It would be fun to see how these games compare to today’s game.

    I hope we can watch all 601 wins (and counting) soon.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 22, 2016 at 8:26 AM

      I have to agree. But the first was the sweetest, revenge for Super Bowl VII.

      (And I did watch Super Bowl VII as a little kid.)

      • theismann7 - May 22, 2016 at 10:58 PM

        I was 9 when the Redskins lost to Miami 14-7. That day is the day I became a Redskin fan.

  3. colorofmyskinz - May 22, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Any of the games with the Fun Bunch end zone celebration, preferably in Dallas when the were doing the six shooter celebration.

  4. garg8050 - May 22, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Regular season games: vs. the Raiders 1983, Week 2 against the Cowboys 1991 season
    Playoff games: 1986 @ Chicago
    Obviously any of the 3 Super Bowl wins

    Game vs. the Raiders was a high scoring, track meet game with a great ending. Same for the game vs. the Cowboys. Early season road win gave the team a lot of confidence that they were a legit contender. Playoff game vs. Chicago was a classic; defending Super Bowl Champions, getting beat at home by Schroeder and the ‘Skins.

    • John - May 22, 2016 at 9:07 AM

      They lost the first game against Dallas at RFK on Monday night, 31-30. That was the game where Darrel ran down Dorsett.

      Not sure what your referring to as an early season confidence builder. They smacked most teams around that year (14-2, record 541 points +37 turnover ratio, etc.,) except for 2, 1 point losses at home against Dallas and on the road against Green bay oh and the disastrous Super Bowl against the Raiders.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - May 22, 2016 at 5:23 PM

      Great choice on the Raiders 1983 comeback game. Joe Washington was the hero in that one from what I recall and thanks to the football goods that Cliff Branch went out with “I think” a pulled hammy at the end of the 1st half. I was one of the most thrilling comebacks I can recall and especially being so young then.

  5. Mike - May 22, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    I’m not sure what year. But I would love to see the redskins 9 to 5 victory over the cowboys. It was in the 77 or 78 jack pardee was coach.

  6. John - May 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    The playoff games against Minnesota and Dallas in 1982 leading up to Super Bowl 17. The in season come back win against the Raiders in 1983 and the Super Bowl vs. The Broncos, 35 points in about 5 minutes.

  7. Michael Cranford - May 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    The Redskins/Dolphins Super Bowl
    The last game at RFK against Dallas
    The playoff game against the Bears

  8. gemoney12 - May 22, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    The 1972 playoff game vs Dallas . Game wasn’t televised in DC .

  9. John - May 22, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    The game between the Skins and Dolphins in 73 or 74 at RFK when the Skins came back to win with Sonny at QB.

    The 1983 game in Dallas. Danny, no, no, no!

    The 1975 game against the Cardinals at RFK with the Eddie Brown punt return for a TD in the mud bowl!

  10. bangkokben - May 22, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Great points on the games, Rich. I was watching that “Tuesday Morning Football” game against Dallas with some other expats in Thailand and was ribbed the entire morning about how awful the Redskins were and “what happened with Joe Gibbs that his team couldn’t even score now?” A painful 55 minutes.

    As for the 1982 NFC title game against Dallas, that should be required viewing for anyone purchasing season tickets. Not going to happen but that day had to be as close to playing in front of the Roman Coliseum as any event in modern times.

    I’d also recommend the NFC Championship game against Minnesota to get the team into Super Bowl XXII and that Raider game in ’83 during the season or perhaps Darrell Green’s first game as a pro running down Tony Dorsett. Great game that ended in a loss but that play stands out and watching Green cover ten yards in the time that other professional athletes were covering six was amazing.

  11. goback2rfk - May 22, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    None of them. No need to dwell on the past. Lets starting writing our own history. Whoo Rah~

    • jonevans511 - May 22, 2016 at 10:32 AM

      Nothing wrong with being nostalgic. Teams with crappy history should be the ones saying what you said; We should be able to bask in the glory of yesterday while concerning ourselves primarily with building the next dynasty. Otherwise what’s the point of even having trophies for the SB? Or rings? Or even keeping track of who won?

  12. Chris Oconnor - May 22, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    As a lifetime skins fan born in 1976 I have to lobby for some of the games we wound up losing. I sat through all of them. The mid 1990’s were a bittersweet time. My brothers and I really thought Gus would lead us for a decade, and we backed him win or lose. I vote for the 1995 game versus the Broncos. A lost classic we lost on a disputed call and last minute Elway TD.

  13. tideskin - May 22, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    The 1973 game against Dallas where Kenny Houston tackled Walt Garrison at the Redskin’s 4-yard line to preserve the win.

  14. Tkatz - May 22, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    George Allens massacre of Cowboys (they scored only 3 points) on 72 degree late December day in ’69 (?) or ’70(?), putting us in first NFC championship game (versus Packers) in years. The beginning of the Skinx return to relevance.

  15. davereynaud - May 22, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Regular Season:
    ’86 vs. Vikings: OT thriller that features a Dexter Manley TD, the most unbelievable throw in the history of RFK (Jay Shroeder hitting Clint Didier at the Minnesota 2-yard-line between the hashes from outside the numbers at his own 35, drifting backwards, also a great catch by Didier), and the best ending any Skins fan could hope for with Gary Clark catching a simple out on the sideline, faking inside, spinning outside, leaving Carl Lee in the dust, sprinting the down the sideline, hurdling the safety at about the ten, and finally, performing his famous back pedal spike to celebrate the walk-off TD.

    ’87 vs. Vikings: Great game with a Darrell Green 4th down pass break-up to seal the win. Timmy Smith also had a good game which provided foreshadowing to his Super Bowl performance two weeks later.

    Super Bowl:
    ’91 vs. Bills: Best Skins team ever hoists the Lombardi Trophy. I’d put that team up against any team in NFL history. Just too good across the entire roster.

  16. Kenny Powell - May 22, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Regular Season game would have to be Week 9 in 2006 against Dallas where Sean Taylor recovered the blocked field goal to set up the chance for us to win. Another choice would be Week 17 during the 99 season when the Skins beat the 49ers to win their first division title since 1991.

    Playoffs- 1982 NFC Championship Game against Dallas and 1990 NFC Wild card Game against the Eagles and getting revenge for the bodybag game.

    Super Bowl- Super Bowl 22 versus Broncos

  17. Paul Biddlecombe - May 22, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Was it the ’83 conference championship game where we beat the Rams something like 51-7?
    That was the high point for that team; well worth seeing again.

  18. Samuel Fairchild - May 22, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    The 20 to 6 defeat of the eagles in the 1991 playoffs . We got payback after the body bag game . Sooo Ssscchhwweeet

  19. davidfchandler - May 22, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    I’d like to see the 72-41 game against the Giants or a game with Sonny as QB and Vince Lombardi on the sidelines.

    There was a Monday night game in the mid-70’s called the Mud Bowl because RFK was a mud pit that night. Eddie Brown had a punt return in the slop to win it if I remember right.

    I also wouldn’t mind seeing the 26-3 NFC Championship game against the Cowboys. From the 80’s on my memory is perfect, it’s the older stuff that I’d love to see.

  20. Kaps - May 22, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    There is one game that should be all time…….Riggins and the Hogs, win the super bowl…..but my favorite which is hall of fame worthy……..Doug Williams breaking every record set by a quarter back, in the first half, to be the first black quarter back to win the super bowl.

  21. colmac69 - May 22, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Raiders game from 83 got to b up there… bay Monday night game (even tho we lost) from same yr……..minnesota game from 86 (skins missed 3 xtra points )….

    For me games from 80,s seem to stick more in the mind rather than 90,s and beyond

  22. Jedininjawarrior - May 22, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    The Redskin cowgirls game when the girls went up 21-6@ halftime and the skins came back and won 30-28

  23. theismann7 - May 22, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    December 16, 1979…a day which will live in infamy! I was in tears after that game! Riggins’ fumbling with the Redskins up and with the ball and then the dagger from Staubach to Hill! Uggghh!

  24. Mike - May 23, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    I would leave the Super Bowls out altogether because it is very easy to watch/purchase high quality copies of them. Playoff games are more difficult, regular season even more so.

    I would like to see games from the oft forgotten 1986 Redskins team. That was a near great team that just couldn’t beat the Giants. But let’s not forget that team went into Chicago to face the 14-2 defending champion Bears and trounced them 27-17. The local Chicago paper claimed the Bears were ready “if the Redskins showed up,” implying the Skins would be intimidated and afraid to face them. Gibbs used that arrogance against the Bears and basically derailed a potential Chicago dynasty. The victory led to a classic Russ Grimm locker room quote – “The Redskins may not always win, but jeez, don’t ever say we’re not going to show up.”

    . I would love to see that game in its entirety.

    • Rich Tandler - May 23, 2016 at 12:09 PM

      Good point on the Super Bowls being available.

  25. popefrady - May 23, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Top 3: in no particular order, first that come to mind

    ’88 strike game – scab skins vs cowboys
    ’82 vikings vs skins – riggo bows out
    ’91 falcons vs skins – div rd – seat cushion game

  26. samhuff96 - May 23, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Hey, I just noticed we are closer to next season than last season, if not the end of playoffs, but even that is close.

  27. Eric Thompson- Bey - May 23, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Redskins vs. Bears 1987 playoff game was the best.

  28. ajbus1 - May 24, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Late to the party here and lots of good games mentioned. For no good reason, I loved the (2004?) Vikings game when Randy Moss left the field early.

  29. winslow1959 - May 28, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Scab Redskins vs. veteran Cowboys! Archives

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