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Redskins Remembered For Playoff Feats

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 21, 2012 – 11:50 am

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The Redskins have three Super Bowl-winning campaigns, two additional NFL championships and plenty of other great playoff runs in their illustrious history, so it comes as no surprise that the team dominates a recently-released list of the NFL’s top playoff performances of all time.

Washington players find themselves in three of the top-10 spots of the Top-25 list, which was generated by ESPN.com and released Wednesday.

Here’s how the list played out as far as Redskins performances go:

No. 6: Redskins RB Timmy Smith vs. Broncos, Super Bowl XXII:

“The MVP performance of Washington quarterback Doug Williams is the more-heralded individual showing from Super Bowl XXII, but Smith played just as big a part in the Redskins’ 42-10 blowout of the Broncos. Smith carried 22 times for a Super Bowl-record 204 yards, ripping off a 58-yard touchdown run during Washington’s 35-point second quarter. He had a second touchdown in the fourth quarter, and had runs of 43, 32 and 25 yards.”

No.  8: Redskins QB Doug Williams vs. Broncos, Super Bowl XXII:

“The Redskins trailed the Broncos 10-0 after the first quarter of Super Bowl XXII, but Williams led the second-quarter offensive explosion that put the game out of reach. Williams sparked the outburst with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Sanders early in the second and went on to throw for three more scores before halftime to give Washington a 35-10 lead. Williams finished 18-of-29 for 340 yards, including 9-of-11 for 228 yards and all four of his touchdowns in the second quarter.”

No. 9: Redskins RB John Riggins vs. Vikings, 1982 divisional game: 

“Riggins almost singlehandedly pounded the Vikings into submission in the 1982 divisional round. The 33-year-old back set career highs with 37 carries and 185 yards (also a franchise playoff record) in a 21-7 victory that was part of a run to the Super Bowl XVII title. Riggins’ pummeling of the Vikings, which included a first-quarter touchdown, was also one of four straight 100-yard games for him during that playoff campaign.”


To show how dominant the Redskins were on this list, they were the only team with three performances in the entire compilation — and all three were in the top 10.  The Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers each have two appearances apiece.

The Redskins even made two appearances on the other side of the spectrum. ESPN.com ranked Oakland Raiders’ running back Marcus Allen’s performance against the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII as its No. 4 overall performance, and Chicago Bears quarterback Sid Luckman’s game against Washington in the 1943 NFL title game as its No. 15 overall performance.

Click here for a photo gallery of the top 10.

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3 Responses to “Redskins Remembered For Playoff Feats”

  1. By bigchris757 on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    The only reason the Redskins are not given their proper respect as on of the NFL’s top dynasties from the 80’s is because in my opinion, they didn’t when the three championships in one decade, although they did in a ten year time span. It is truly remarkable what Joe Gibbs and the Redskins organization was able to accomplish from ’82 to ’92 and that’s why I’ll be a life long fan. Had they not lost to Oakland, that would have given them 4 in a ten year span and could be argued as one of the greatest franchises in NFL history, 2 championships, 5 Superbowl appearances with 3 victories. The last 20 years have been rough I will not lie, but hopefully they are on the right path.

  2. By lifelongskinsfan61 on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    To add to this list, Joe Gibbs is the only coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks; Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien.

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