1987 Washington Redskins season

The 1987 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's strike-shortened 56th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 52nd in Washington, D.C. The season was a shortened due to the 1987 NFL strike.

The team had finished second in the NFC East the previous season with a 12–4 record. Games to be played during the third week of the season were canceled, and replacement players were used to play games from weeks 4 through 6.

The Redskins won the NFC East with an 11–4 record. The Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos 42–10 to win Super Bowl XXII. It was the Redskins' second Super Bowl win in six seasons, and coincidentally, their second Super Bowl win in a strike-season.[1]

Redskins quarterback Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to start in a Super Bowl and was the only individual to have emerged victorious until Russell Wilson won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks.[2]

By virtue of the Redskins' 17-10 victory over Minnesota in the NFC title game, head coach Joe Gibbs earned his 10th playoff victory. He surpassed the legendary Vince Lombardi, who had retired after his 9th playoff victory and (coincidentally) later coached the Redskins for one season. Also ironic was the rumor that, following a disastrous 5-9-1 season, Green Bay would hire Gibbs to replace the dismissed Forrest Gregg. However, after the game, Gibbs would deny that he was interested. [3]

On March 8, 2018 the Redskins announced that they will honor the replacement players from the 1987 team with Super Bowl XXII rings.[4]

1987 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Local radioWMAL
Results
Record11–4
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 21–17
Won NFC Championship (Vikings) 17–10
Won Super Bowl XXII (Broncos) 42–10
1988 Redskins Police - 10 Raleigh McKenzie (crop)
Redskins guard Raleigh McKenzie covering an opponent on the Broncos during Super Bowl XXII.

Personnel

Roster

1987 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Pre season

Week Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Record Game site Attendance Game Time Local TV
1 August 14, 1987 (Fri) Pittsburgh Steelers Win 23 17
2 August 22, 1987 (Sat)
3 August 29, 1987 (Sat)
4 September 5, 1987 (Sat)

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Regular season

In 1987, Redskins starting QB Jay Schroeder got injured early in the opening game against the Eagles and was replaced by Williams, who led the team to victory.[5] In his NFL debut, replacement player Ed Rubbert passed for 334 yards.[5] Rubbert also threw three touchdown passes to Anthony Allen. Allen would have 255 receiving yards.[5]

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Game time TV Record Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 Philadelphia Eagles W 34–24 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 1–0
52,188
[1]
2 September 20, 1987 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–21 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 1:00et CBS 1–1
50,882
[2]
September 27, 1987 New England Patriots Canceled RFK Stadium 1:00et NBC 1–1
4 October 4, 1987 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–21 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 2–1
27,728
[3]
5 October 11, 1987 at New York Giants W 38–12 Giants Stadium 4:00et CBS 3–1
9,123
[4]
6 October 19, 1987 at Dallas Cowboys W 13–7 Texas Stadium 9:00et ABC 4–1
60,415
[5]
7 October 25, 1987 New York Jets W 17–16 RFK Stadium 1:00et NBC 5–1
53,497
[6]
8 November 1, 1987 at Buffalo Bills W 27–7 Rich Stadium 1:00et CBS 6–1
71,640
[7]
9 November 8, 1987 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–31 Veterans Stadium 1:00et CBS 6–2
63,609
[8]
10 November 15, 1987 Detroit Lions W 20–13 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 7–2
53,593
[9]
11 November 23, 1987 Los Angeles Rams L 26–30 RFK Stadium 9:00et ABC 7–3
53,614
[10]
12 November 29, 1987 New York Giants W 23–19 RFK Stadium 4:00et CBS 8–3
45,815
[11]
13 December 6, 1987 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–17 Busch Memorial Stadium 1:00et CBS 9–3
31,324
[12]
14 December 13, 1987 Dallas Cowboys W 24–20 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 10–3
54,882
[13]
15 December 20, 1987 at Miami Dolphins L 21–23 Joe Robbie Stadium 8:00et ESPN[b] 10–4
65,715
[14]
16 December 26, 1987 at Minnesota Vikings W 27–24 (OT) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 4:00et CBS 11–4
59,160
[15]

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 25)
b Simulcast on WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(3) 11 4 0 .733 7–1 9–3 379 285 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 4–4 5–7 340 348 W2
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 3–5 7–7 362 368 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 3–5 4–7 337 380 W2
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 3–5 4–8 280 312 W2

Playoffs

Round Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Game site Attendance Game Time Network TV National Radio Report
NFC Wild Card Playoffs Bye week
NFC Divisional Playoffs January 10, 1988 at Chicago Bears Win 21 17 Soldier Field
58,153
12:30 PM CBS CBS [16]
NFC Championship January 17, 1988 Minnesota Vikings Win 17 10 RFK Stadium
55,212
12:30 PM CBS CBS [17]
Super Bowl XXII January 31, 1988 N Denver Broncos Win 42 10 Jack Murphy Stadium
73,302
6:00 PM ABC CBS [18]

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ The 1982 season also had a players' strike
  2. ^ As of the 2014 season, he is one of only two African-American quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl, the other being Russell Wilson; Steve McNair, Donovan McNabb and Cam Newton have all started at quarterback in the Super Bowl, but each of the three lost their Super Bowl appearance.
  3. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1988/02/01/page/27/article/gibbs-squashes-packer-rumors/
  4. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2763188-redskins-to-award-1987-replacement-players-with-super-bowl-rings
  5. ^ a b c Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
List of NFC champions

The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League (NFL), the American Football Conference (AFC) being the other. Prior to 1970, there were two separate professional football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League (AFL). In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC. As of the 2018 season only the Detroit Lions have not won an NFC championship.

Regular Season summaries
Week 1: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 10 14024
Redskins 10 7 71034

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Week 2: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 2: Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 0 6720
Falcons 7 0 7721

at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta

Week 4: vs St. Louis Cardinals

Week 4: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Cardinals 0 7 7721
Redskins 7 7 14028

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

  • Date: October 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 27,728
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Ryan (play-by-play) and Joe Theismann (color commentator)

Week 5: at New York Giants

Week 5: Washington Redskins at New York Giants
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 21 7738
Giants 3 0 9012

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Week 6: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 6: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
1 2 34Total
Redskins 3 0 7313
Cowboys 0 0 707

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Week 9: at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 9: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 14 0627
Eagles 7 10 01431

at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia

Week 12: vs New York Giants

Week 12: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Giants 10 6 3019
Redskins 0 0 91423

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Week 13: at St. Louis Cardinals

Week 13: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Cardinals
1 2 34Total
Redskins 10 0 21334
Cardinals 0 14 3017

at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: December 6
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 31,324
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Ryan (play-by-play) and Joe Theismann (color commentator)

Week 14: vs Dallas Cowboys

Week 14: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Cowboys 3 0 10720
Redskins 7 10 7024

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

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