John Riggins' Super Bowl record 166 yards rushing and fourth-quarter 43-yard touchdown burst on a fourth-and-one call give the Redskins their first Super Bowl crown and first NFL championship in 40 years, a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Washington's famed "Hogs" offensive line pulverized the Miami defense for 276 yards rushing.
2 of 5John Biever/SI
Jan. 31, 1988
The Redskins explode for a Super Bowl-record 35 second-quarter points to overcome an early 10-point deficit and rout the Denver Broncos 42-10. Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams throws for four TD passes and 340 yards in becoming the first black quarterback to win an NFL championship.
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Jan 13, 1981
Redskins hire San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs, who becomes the most successful head coach in Washington history. During two stints (1981-92, 2004-07), Gibbs leads the Redskins to 184 wins, 11 playoff berths and Super Bowl championships following the 1982, '97 and '91 seasons. Gibbs later becomes a successful NASCAR team owner.
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Dec. 13, 1942
Washington stuns the unbeaten Chicago Bears 14-6 in the NFL Championship Game. The Bears had outscored their opponents by an NFL-record 26 points per game but Sammy Baugh's 38-yard TD pass to Wilbur Moore and end zone interception (one of four Bears turnovers) helped the Redskins pull the upset.
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Nov. 14, 1943
Sammy Baugh throws four TDs, intercepts an NFL-record four passes and adds an 81-yard punt in perhaps the greatest all-around game in league history as the Redskins batter the Detroit Lions 42-20. Baugh finishes the '43 season with an unprecedented triple crown: first in passing, first in interceptions and first in punting.
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