Seventy-five years ago today, the Washington Redskins began a tradition of winning that few NFL teams can currently match.
On Dec. 12, 1937, the Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears, 28-21, at Wrigley Field to win their first-ever NFL championship. Chicago led 14-7 at halftime before Washington, led by quarterback Sammy Baugh, stormed back in the second half. A 35-yard touchdown pass from Baugh to wingback Ed Justice broke a 21-21 tie in the fourth quarter and gave the Redskins the title.
Baugh — a rookie at the time — led the way by completing 18-of-33 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. The game’s first touchdown was scored on a seven-yard reverse play to halfback Cliff Battles.
Washington would go on to win four more NFL championships — one in the pre-Super Bowl era (1942) and three Super Bowls (XVII in 1982, XXII in 1987 and XXVI in 1991).
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Credit The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg for uncovering this gem.
In a year when the Redskins are celebrating their 80th Anniversary season, it was actually 75 years ago that one of the organization’s greatest players officially became a part of the team.
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