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Series History: Redskins-Packers

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 11, 2013 – 9:20 am


[Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs knocks Packers fullback Nick Luchey’s helmet off during a 2004 regular season game. (AP Images)] 

The Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers have meet 33 times in the regular season combined.

The Redskins won the teams’ most recent meeting, earning a 16-13 overtime victory against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Packers on Oct. 10, 2010. The teams’ first meeting came on Nov. 13, 1932, as the Boston Braves hosted the Packers at Braves Field. The newly renamed Boston Redskins earned their first win against the Packers a year later, defeating Green Bay, 20-7, at Fenway Park.

Washington took seven of the first eight meetings between the teams following the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, including a 16-3 home divisional round win against the Packers during the Redskins’ 1972 NFC Championship campaign.

The highest scoring game between the two teams came in a Monday Night shootout in 1983 when the Packers narrowly defeated the Redskins 48-47. At least 20 combined points were scored in each quarter, to included 31 in the fourth quarter. Late in the game, quarterback Joe Theismann put the Redskins on top 47-45 with a five-yard touchdown pass to Joe Washington. Green Bay however, orchestrated a late game drive and kicker Jan Stenerud booted a 20-yard field goal to win the game at Lambeau Field.

Conversely, there have been two games where they teams mustered a combined 10 points (1934 and 1936)–the lowest scoring games in the series.

Green Bay dominated the series in the 2000’s, winning all four matchups by a combined score of 112-37. But in their most recent matchup at FedExField in 2010, the Redskins shook off a 10 point deficit and sent the game to overtime where Graham Gano booted a 33-yard field goal for a 16-13 victory. In the game, the defense held the potent Packers offense to three straight three and out series to start the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb led the way on offense, connecting on 26 of his 49 pass attempts for 357 yards and a 48-yard touchdown with Anthony Armstrong. Defensively, LaRon Landry (13) led the team in tackles and Brian Orakpo registered his fourth career multi-sack game.

Lambeau Field, the Packers home since 1957, is the site of Sunday’s kickoff.

The Packers currently hold a 18-14-1 series edge over the Redskins.

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