The Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions have met 42 times in the regular season and postseason combined. Sunday’s game against the Lions will be at home, where the Redskins have been dominant in the series.
Including postseason play, the Redskins have won 21 consecutive home games against the Lions dating back to November 26, 1939. The Redskins are 21-2 all-time at home against the Lions, with their last home loss coming on October 13, 1935 at Fenway Park as the Boston Redskins.
This will be the first matchup at FedExField between the two NFC foes since 2007 when the Redskins cruised to a 34-3 victory after one of quarterback Jason Campbell’s best performances as a professional—throwing for 248 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 125.3.
The two franchises first met in 1932, when the Portsmouth Spartans defeated the Boston Braves 10-0. It was the first of five straight victories for the Lions franchise, as their defensed thwarted a Redskins offense that couldn’t crack the code. It would be the last time they had a true upper hand in the series
In 1938 the Redskins notched their first victory in the series, 7-5. It was the first of six straight victories and they have won 30 of the past 37 meetings since the Lions’ initial winning streak.
Unlike earlier renditions of the Redskins, the 1948 squad had no problems locating the end zone as they put 46 points on the board behind four Sammy Baugh touchdown passes. That number still stands as the most points the Redskins have scored against the Lions.
The two first met in the playoffs in 1983. Thanks to a modified 16-team playoff format after a strike, the 4-6 Lions were matched up with the No. 1 seeded, 9-1 Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium. The Redskins quickly showed the Lions their determination to get that elusive Super Bowl victory, pounding them 31-7 in a lopsided affair.
Speaking of uneven games, the 1991 Redskins (who coincidentally won the Super Bowl as well) outgunned a hapless Lions team in the season opener by a final score of 45-0. Five different men crossed the goal line that day.
Their last meeting came in the Motor City (2010), where the Lions got a little bit of retribution in a 37-25 victory. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson puzzled the Redskins secondary all day, finding the end zone three times and breaking the century mark.
The Washington Redskins are 30-12 all-time in combined regular season and postseason games against the Detroit Lions.
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