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Series History: Redskins Vikings

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on November 6, 2013 – 2:30 pm

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Truly world-class speed, the type of hustle that agitates gold chains up and down the necks of Olympic sprinters, was on display at FedExField on Oct. 14, 2012.

The rookie quarterback shot through the line, broke containment and high-stepped out of a tackle. Streamlined pumps of his arms and legs carried him through a 76-yard touchdown.

Robert Griffin III delivered an iconic moment, the longest run of his professional career to date, and expanded Washington’s lead to lay the Vikings to rest. Griffin III led the Redskins with 138 rushing yards and scored twice on the ground.

The quarterback’s highlight is the most prevalent moment in recent series history, but the Redskins and Vikings have clashed since 1968.

The Redskins lead the overall series, 12-10, with a postseason record of 3-2.

In the opening round of the playoffs 40 years ago, a quarterback known for scampering behind the line of scrimmage led the Vikings to 27-20 victory over the Redskins.

On Dec. 22, 1973, with the game tied at 10 entering the fourth quarter, Fran Tarkenton threw two touchdown passes to John Gilliam, eliminating Washington from the postseason. Larry Brown was a workhorse for Washington, rushing 29 times for 115 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota would advance to Super Bowl VIII, where the Vikings would lose to Don Shula’s Dolphins.

Doug Williams, Ricky Sanders and the Super Bowl XXII champion Redskins would need overtime to beat the Vikings, 27-24,  in the Metrodome on Dec. 26, 1987. Sanders caught eight passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard completion from Williams to tie the game to force sudden death.

Less than a month later, Williams would hit Gary Clark with a  fourth-quarter touchdown to beat the Vikings, 17-10, in the NFC Championship game.


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