While they may not be traditional rivals with the likes of the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants of the world, Washington Redskins-Oakland Raiders matchups always packs quite a punch.
Including postseason play, the Redskins and Raiders have played on 12 separate occasions dating back to 1970 when the Raiders won the first meeting 34-20. This Sunday’s game will be at the O. Coliseum (4:25 kickoff). As visitors, the Redskins are 2-3, with the two wins coming in the last two meetings.
In 2009, the Redskins defeated their AFC counterparts 34-20. Heading into the fourth quarter, the burgundy and gold led 17-13, but behind two Quinton Ganther touchdown runs and Graham Gano nailing a 41-yard field goal with less than three minutes remaining, the Redskins sent the Raiders to their lockers with their ninth loss of the season and an easy victory.
The most memorable meeting between the two storied franchises took place on January 22nd, 1984 at Super Bowl XVIII. The Redskins were the defending Super Bowl champs and easily disposed of the Rams and 49ers in the Divisional and Championship rounds by a combined score of 76-28.
They had earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC after a 14-2 season. Win No. 4 came against the Raiders.
The Raiders entered the game undefeated at 4-0 while the Redskins had rebounded from a Week 1 loss and reeled off three straight victories.
In a game that was ultimately decided by a late Joe Washington touchdown, the Redskins narrowly defeated the Raiders.
In Super Bowl XVIII though, the Raiders would serve their redemption on a national stage, jumping out to a 21-3 halftime lead and cruising to a 38-9 victory.
The lowest scoring game of the series came in September of 1986 when the Redskins won 10-6.
Washington is 4-8 all-time against the Raiders, regular season and postseason combined. They look to get their fifth win of the series and the first of 2013.
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