Champions: Hogs, Fun Bunch, Mosley and Riggo Roll Skins to Glory

When I arrived in Washington in 1981, Joe Gibbs was a rookie coach and the Redskins were trapped in mediocrity having missed the playoffs for 4 consecutive years.  Gibbs lost 6 of his first 7 games, but the team rallied to an 8-8 record.

The next season was cut short by a strike.  The Redskins finished 8-1, with Mark Mosley setting a NFL record of 21 consecutive field goals.  His record setting kick clinched the playoff spot for the Skins and made him the first kicker to win the MVP award.

The Redkins crushed Detroit and Minnesota in the playoffs to earn the right to host the hated Dallas Cowboys at RFK Stadium.  The Cowboys had beaten the Redskins handily at RFK earlier in the season for their only loss.

The week of the big game, Washington was in a frenzy.  There was a pep rally downtown the Friday before the game and in clubs people sang along to the Clash’s “Rock the Casbah” but instead sang “F— the Cowboys.”

The Redskin offense was led by John Riggins rushing attack, but it would be Defensive End Dexter Manley (the “Secretary of Defense”) who would shine on defense.  He crushed Dallas QB Danny White, knocking him out of the game, a move that fired up the entire city and the team.  It remains one of the greatest defensive moments in Redskin history.  He then tipped a Dallas pass in the fourth quarter that led to an interception returned for a touchdown that clinched a 31-17 Redskin win.

In the Super Bowl, the Redskins faced the Miami Dolphins who beat them in Washington’s only other Super Bowl appearance – Super Bowl VII.  Super Bowl 17 was a different story.  it was John Riggins moment to shine, turning a 4th down and 1 on the 43 yard line to Super Bowl immortality as he set a Super Bowl rushing record.

  


Score Offense Defense
Week Opp Tm Opp TotYd PassY RushY TO TotYd PassY RushY
1 W @ Philadelphia Eagles 37 34 487 373 114 2 426 325 101
2 W @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 13 248 71 177 278 177 101
3 W @ New York Giants 27 17 312 173 139 287 151 136
4 W Philadelphia Eagles 13 9 295 234 61 3 319 218 101
5 L Dallas Cowboys 10 24 275 209 66 3 362 202 160
6 W @ St. Louis Cardinals 12 7 292 170 122 1 356 225 131
7 W New York Giants 15 14 375 241 134 5 139 84 55
8 W @ New Orleans Saints 27 10 448 250 198 2 197 77 120
9 W St. Louis Cardinals 28 0 253 124 129 196 155 41
WildCard W Detroit Lions 31 7 366 191 175 364 269 95
Division W Minnesota Vikings 21 7 415 211 204 1 317 238 79
ConfChamp W Dallas Cowboys 31 17 260 123 137 340 275 65
SuperBowl W N Miami Dolphins 27 17 400 124 276 2 176 80 96
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/7/2013.

Round One

Detroit LionsW 31-7RFK Stadium9–1

55,045Round TwoMinnesota VikingsW 21-7RFK Stadium10–1

54,593NFC ChampionshipDallas CowboysW 31-17RFK Stadium11–1

55,045Super Bowl XVIIMiami DolphinsW 27-17Rose Bowl12–1

103,667 

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3 thoughts on “Champions: Hogs, Fun Bunch, Mosley and Riggo Roll Skins to Glory

      1. Yeah that’s stupid cant do it all in one year (except if you’re the Ravens haha). I think the redskins specifically the defense will be improved and I think RG3 will be wiser and at least take a few less hits. I think you guys will win the NFC East and one playoff game this season.

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