1971 Washington Redskins season

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1971 Washington Redskins season
Head coach George Allen
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 9–4–1
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost divisional playoffs 24–20 to the San Francisco 49ers
Timeline
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< 1970 1972 >
George Allen and members of the 1971 team with President Richard Nixon, two days before Thanksgiving.

The 1971 Washington Redskins was the team's 40th in the National Football League, and their 35th in Washington, D.C.. The 1971 was the first with the Redskins for coach George Allen, who had been the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams for the previous five seasons.

Coming into the 1971 season, the team had not made it to the post-season for 26 seasons. The Redskins had had only four winning seasons since their last playoff berth in 1945.[citation needed]

The Redskins went 9–4–1, good for second place in the NFC East, and a wild card berth, where they would ultimately fall to San Francisco, 24–20.

Off-season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1971 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 38 Cotton Speyrer Wide Receiver Texas
6 141 Conway Hayman Guard Delaware
7 166 Willie Germany Defensive Back Morgan State
9 219 Mike Fanucci Defensive End Arizona State
10 244 Jesse Taylor Running Back Cincinnati
11 272 George Starke Tackle Columbia
12 297 Jeff Severson Defensive Back Cal-Long Beach
13 322 Dan Ryczek Center Virginia
14 349 Bill Bynum Quarterback West New Mexico
15 375 Anthony Christnovich Guard La Crosse (Wis.)
16 400 Glenn Tucker Linebacker North Texas

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 at St. Louis Cardinals W 24–17
46,805
2 September 26, 1971 at New York Giants W 30–3
62,795
3 October 3, 1971 at Dallas Cowboys W 20–16
61,554
4 October 10, 1971 Houston Oilers W 22–13
53,041
5 October 17, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 20–0
53,041
6 October 24, 1971 at Kansas City Chiefs L 27–20
51,989
7 October 31, 1971 New Orleans Saints W 24–14
53,041
8 November 7, 1971 Philadelphia Eagles T 7–7
53,041
9 November 14, 1971 at Chicago Bears L 16–15
55,049
10 November 21, 1971 Dallas Cowboys L 13–0
53,041
11 November 28, 1971 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–13
65,358
12 December 5, 1971 New York Giants W 23–7
53,041
13 December 13, 1971 at Los Angeles Rams W 38–24
80,402
14 December 19, 1971 Cleveland Browns L 20–13
53,041

Game summaries[edit]

Week 3[edit]

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 7 3 3 20
Cowboys 0 9 0 7 16
  • Date: Sunday, October 3
  • Location: Cotton Bowl
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 70°F, wind 10 mph


Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 7 0 7
Redskins 0 0 0 7 7
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: RFK Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 47°F • Wind 17

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Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 26, 1971 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–20
45,327

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 .786 406 222 W-7
Washington Redskins 9 4 1 .692 276 190 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 221 302 W-3
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 231 279 L-2
New York Giants 4 10 0 .286 228 362 L-5

Roster[edit]

Awards, records, and honors[edit]

References[edit]