On Sunday our neighbors to the north, the Baltimore Ravens, were knighted kings of the NFL after beating the San Francisco 49ers in an epic 34-31 thriller in Super Bowl XLVII.
In late December, the chances that the Ravens would advance to the AFC Championship Game, let alone the Super Bowl, seemed bleak.
Baltimore started its campaign red-hot, going 9-2 in the first 11 games of the season. However, the team slipped from the ranks of elite, going 1-4 in the final month to slide into the playoffs at 10-6.
On December 9th, the Ravens and Redskins clashed in a rare regular season match up between the two at FedExField. The encounter was a back-and-forth contest that saw neither team grasp a double digit lead. After a stout defensive performance and an iconic game-tying drive led by backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins left Landover with a 31-28 overtime victory.
This isn’t the first time Washington has fared well against Super Bowl champions as the team has a long history of success against Lombardi Trophy winners dating back to 1971.
Find out how Washington has done against other teams that have hoisted the Lombardi Trophy here:
The NFL has hosted the annual contest since 1966 when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in Super Bowl I. That game marked the start of one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world.
Since 1966, the Redskins have won 13 games versus teams that went on to run the gauntlet in the playoffs.
In 2011, the Redskins played eventual Super Bowl XLVI champion, the New York Giants, twice. In the first bout of the season series, Washington soundly defeated their NFC East nemesis 28-14 in a memorable week one tilt. In week 15, the Redskins traveled to MetLife Stadium to take on a playoff hungry Giants squad. Washington, however, had different plans. The team jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter and cruised to a 23-10 victory.
In 2010 the Redskins squared off against a high octane Green Bay Packers team. Going into the game, the Packers were averaging 26.5 points per game. However, the Redskins defense came to ball that day forcing two turnovers and giving up a mere 13 points in a 16-13 overtime victory.
The last time the Redskins and Ravens tangled at FedExField was in 2000 when the Redskins gritted out a 10-3 victory in a defensive duel. Baltimore would string together 11 straight wins to end the season and capped off the run with a 34-7 demolishing of the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
In the early 1990’s, Washington’s archrival Dallas was assembling a dynasty. The Cowboys won Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, easily defeating the Buffalo Bills in both affairs by a combined score of 82-30. After falling short in the NFC Championship game in 1994, the Cowboys rekindled their formula for success in 1995, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. The Cowboys would only lose four games that year, half of which came at the hands of the Redskins. Washington swept the season series with 27-23 and 24-17 victories.
Overall, Washington has 13 victories over teams that have gone on to win the Super Bowl. Nine of those wins have come in front of Redskins Nation at FedExField and RFK Stadium!
Out of a possible 44 seasons where the Redskins could have squared off against the Super Bowl champions (Remember the Redskins have three Lombardi Trophies) the Redskins have encountered the winning squad in 26 seasons and has faced the winning team every year since 2006 when the Redskins played the Indianapolis Colts who would go on to knock off the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
Hopefully this stat will not come into play at the conclusion of next season as the Redskins seek to claim their fourth Lombardi Trophy at MetLife Stadium at Super Bowl XLVIII!
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