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12/12/37: Redskins’ First NFL Title

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 12, 2012 – 4:17 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Seventy-five years ago today, the Washington Redskins began a tradition of winning that few NFL teams can currently match.

On Dec. 12, 1937, the Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears, 28-21, at Wrigley Field to win their first-ever NFL championship. Chicago led 14-7 at halftime before Washington, led by quarterback Sammy Baugh, stormed back in the second half. A 35-yard touchdown pass from Baugh to wingback Ed Justice broke a 21-21 tie in the fourth quarter and gave the Redskins the title.

Baugh — a rookie at the time — led the way by completing 18-of-33 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. The game’s first touchdown was scored on a seven-yard reverse play to halfback Cliff Battles.

Washington would go on to win four more NFL championships — one in the pre-Super Bowl era (1942) and three Super Bowls (XVII in 1982, XXII in 1987 and XXVI in 1991).


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One Response to “12/12/37: Redskins’ First NFL Title”

  1. By gpicone on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    When football was played by regular sized men!

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