Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 22, two days before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.
—The Redskins last played a game 133 days ago. It will be 113 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: OTAs start 2; Redskins training camp starts 67; Preseason opener @ Falcons 81
The NFL has announced that it will be greatly expanding its YouTube offerings later this year and include old games from start to finish. Initially they will publish three historical games from each team. Which three would you like them to post for the Redskins? Here are my suggestions—one Super Bowl, one playoff game and one regular season game.
Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section.
Regular season—Redskins 29, Cardinals 27 12/16/1984: This is the forgotten classic of the 1980’s. The Redskins needed to win to take the NFC East title. For the Cardinals it was win and in, lose and go home. Oh, and Art Monk was on target to break the NFL record for receptions in a single season. The Cardinals rallied from a 23-7 halftime deficit to take a 27-26 lead. Joe Theismann led a masterful drive, with key passes going to his record-breaking wide receiver, to a Mark Moseley field goal to send the Redskins to the playoffs.
A popular choice for some might be the 2005 Monday Night Miracle in Dallas, with Mark Brunell throwing two long TDs to Santana Moss in the late going to win it. But do you really want to sit through the ugly first 55 minutes of that to get to the good part?
Playoffs—Redskins 21, Bears 17 1987 season divisional playoff: Although everyone remembers Darrell Green’s 52-yard punt return that put the Redskins ahead to stay in the third quarter, there was more to this game than that. The home team jumped to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and it looked like the rout was on. Then after the Redskins rallied the defense had to make the lead stand up. This game was well played by the Redskins with tension throughout, another forgotten classic.
But, hey, if you want to go with the 1982 season NFC title game against the Cowboys I’m not going to argue. That game was fun, loud, and the call by Summerall and Madden was outstanding.
Super Bowl—XVII vs. Dolphins: Again, there is one big play here that is ingrained in everyone’s mind, the Riggins 43-yard touchdown run on fourth and one in the fourth quarter. But the game leading up to that moment is a story of the Redskins overcoming adversity after allowing some big plays. Joe Gibbs stuck with his game plan of pounding the ball to Riggins but he was only able to do so because of some clutch plays by the defense and on huge defensive play by the quarterback.
Super Bowl XXII featured The Quarter, 35 points produced masterfully by Doug Williams, Timmy Smith, Ricky Sanders, and company. But the second half of that game boring. Stick with the NFL Films 30-minute highlight treatment of that game. And Super Bowl XXVI was a superb crowning achievement by one of the best teams ever but it was over on the first play from scrimmage of the second half.
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