We’re going streaking!
The nine game series history between the Redskins and the Chargers is composed of two streaks. Washington won the first six meetings between 1973 and 1998, and San Diego won the last three contests dating back to 2001.
The last time the teams met marked the final game of Jim Zorn’s two-year tenure as head coach in Washington. San Diego had already locked up the AFC West crown, so the Chargers didn’t play their starters for all four quarters.
Backup quarterback Billy Volek hit Mike Tolbert with a 2-yard touchdown pass to complete a final minute comeback in a 23-20 win for the Chargers. Jason Campbell completed 28 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns.
The last two games between the teams have been decided by six points or less.
The first ever matchup between the franchises was a torrid start to Washington’s 1973 season. In a season opener, George Allen’s Redskins hopped out to an 21-0 first quarter lead behind two fumbles returned for touchdowns. The Redskins completed the 38-0 shutout, and Billy Kilmer threw two touchdowns.
On Halloween in 1983, the Redskins won an instant classic, 27-24, on Monday Night Football. The Chargers rallied with 17 fourth-quarter points, but a 37-yard field goal from Mark Moseley broke the tie for good. Joe Theisman 324 yards passing, and John Riggins ground out 93 yards on 29 carries.
The Redskins are 1-1 against the AFC West this season. Sunday could be the start of a new streak against the Chargers.
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