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Redskins Historian: ‘Skins Deflate Raiders

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 3, 2012 – 10:19 am

(AP photo)

By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian

(Click here for more about the Redskins’ dramatic 1983 win over the Raiders.)

When it comes to classics at RFK Stadium, this one easily fit the bill.

On Oct. 2, 1983, the Redskins fought back from a 15-point deficit with about 7 minutes left to beat the Raiders, 37-35. Quarterback Joe Theismann, who had a spectacular day with 23 of 39 passing and a career-high 417 yards, threw two TDs during the comeback, including a 6-yarder to diving wingback Joe Washington to complete the miracle finish.

The two teams combined for nearly 900 yards of offense in a game touted as a possible preview to the Super Bowl.

Sure enough, they collided again that season in Super Bowl XVIII, with the Raiders embarrassing their foes, 38-9.

Mike Richman is a Redskins Historian and author of The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. You can follow Mike on Facebook, Twitter, or by visiting his website.

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