1982 Washington Redskins season

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1982 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 8–1
Division place 1st NFC
Playoff finish Won First Round (Lions) 31–7
Won Second Round (Vikings) 21–7
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 31–17
Won Super Bowl XVII (Dolphins) 27–17
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1981 1983 >

The 1982 Washington Redskins season was the team's 50th in the National Football League, and 45th in Washington, D.C.. Although the Redskins lost all their preseason games,[1] they were to advance from an 8–8 record the previous season to become the only team to win the Super Bowl after not winning a pre-season game. Only the 1990 Buffalo Bills and the 2000 New York Giants have since made it to the Super Bowl after a winless pre-season.[1]

The 1982 NFL season was shortened from sixteen games per team to nine because of a players’ strike. The NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8, and division standings were ignored. Washington had the best record in the NFC, and were the number one seed in the conference for the playoff tournament.

The Redskins marched through the NFC playoffs, beating each of their opponents by an average of 19 points. In a rematch of Washington's only prior Super Bowl appearance ten years prior, the Redskins – in a game famous for Washington’s “70 Chip’ play on fourth-and-1 – went on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27–17 to win Super Bowl XVII. It was the Redskins’ first ever Super Bowl victory, and their first NFL Championship in forty years.[2] Combining the post-season and their first Super Bowl victory, the Redskins finished the season with an overall record of 12–1.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
49 Washington Redskins Vernon Dean Defensive Back San Diego State
61 Washington Redskins Carl Powell Wide Receiver Jackson State University

Pre season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Time Record Attendance Report
1 August 14, 1982 at Miami Dolphins L 7–24 Miami Orange Bowl WJLA 8:00 PM 0–1 [1]
2 August 21, 1982 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–28 Tampa Stadium WJLA 7:00 PM 0–2 [2]
3 August 27, 1982 Buffalo Bills L 14–20 RFK Stadium WJLA 8:00 PM 0–3 [3]
4 September 3, 1982 at Cincinnati Bengals L 21–28 Riverfront Stadium WJLA 7:30 PM 0–4 [4]

Notes:

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site TV Time Record Attendance Report
1 September 12, 1982 at Philadelphia Eagles W 37–34 (OT) Veterans Stadium CBS 1:00 PM 1–0
68,885
[5]
2 September 19, 1982 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21–13 Tampa Stadium CBS 4:00 PM 2–0
66,187
[6]
- September 26, 1982 St. Louis Cardinals postponed until January 2, 1983 RFK Stadium CBS 2–0
3 October 3, 1982 Cleveland Browns canceled RFK Stadium NBC 2–0
4 October 10, 1982 at Dallas Cowboys canceled Texas Stadium CBS 2–0
5 October 17, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers canceled RFK Stadium NBC 2–0
6 October 24, 1982 at Houston Oilers canceled Astrodome CBS 2–0
7 October 31, 1982 San Francisco 49ers canceled RFK Stadium CBS 2–0
8 November 7, 1982 at Cincinnati Bengals canceled Riverfront Stadium CBS 2–0
9 November 14, 1982 Minnesota Vikings canceled RFK Stadium CBS 2–0
10 November 21, 1982 at New York Giants W 27–17 Giants Stadium CBS 4:00 PM 3–0
70,766
[7]
11 November 28, 1982 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–9 RFK Stadium CBS 1:00 PM 4–0
48,313
[8]
12 December 5, 1982 Dallas Cowboys L 10–24 RFK Stadium CBS 4:00 PM 4–1
54,633
[9]
13 December 12, 1982 at St. Louis Cardinals W 12–7 Busch Memorial Stadium CBS 1:00 PM 5–1
35,308
[10]
14 December 19, 1982 New York Giants W 15–14 RFK Stadium CBS 1:00 PM 6–1
50,030
[11]
15 December 26, 1982 at New Orleans Saints W 27–10 Louisiana Superdome CBS 4:00 PM 7–1
48,667
[12]
16 January 2, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–0 RFK Stadium CBS 1:00 PM 8–1
55,045
[13]
Main article: 1982-83 NFL playoffs
Round One Detroit Lions W 31–7 RFK Stadium CBS 12:30 PM 9–1
55,045
[14]
Round Two Minnesota Vikings W 21–7 RFK Stadium CBS 12:30 PM 10–1
54,593
[15]
NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys W 31–17 RFK Stadium CBS 12:30 PM 11–1
55,045
[16]
Super Bowl XVII Miami Dolphins W 27–17 Rose Bowl NBC 6:00 PM 12–1
103,667
[17]

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 31)

Standings[edit]

National Football Conference
W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 8 1 0 .889 190 128
Dallas Cowboys 6 3 0 .667 226 145
Green Bay Packers 5 3 1 .611 226 169
Minnesota Vikings 5 4 0 .556 187 198
Atlanta Falcons 5 4 0 .556 183 199
St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 135 170
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 4 0 .556 158 178
Detroit Lions 4 5 0 .444 181 176
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250

[3]

Fun Bunch[edit]

The Fun Bunch was the nickname for the wide receivers and tight ends of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League during the early 1980s. Known for their choreographed group celebrations in the end zone (usually a group high-five) following a touchdown.

The members of the Fun Bunch included the Redskins' wide receivers Art Monk, Virgil Seay, Charlie Brown, and Alvin Garrett, and tight ends Rick Walker, and Don Warren. Every single one of these players won a Super Bowl with the Redskins, and three have been chosen for the Pro Bowl. The first high-five leap performed by the Fun Bunch occurred after an Alvin Garrett touchdown 1982 first-round Playoff game against the Detroit Lions.

The Fun Bunch celebration was begun as a tribute to Art Monk, who was injured late in the 1982 regular season and could not participate in the playoffs that year. Garrett forgot about the arranged celebration after his first two touchdown grabs against the Lions. Thankfully, he nabbed a third TD, and the Fun Bunch was born.

The celebration continued into the following year, with Monk joining in. Some Redskins opponents, however, had begun to get annoyed with the display. In a week 15 game against the rival Dallas Cowboys, things came to a head. The game would decide both which team would win the NFC East division, and which of the two teams would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the second half, with the Redskins leading 14–10, Darrell Green intercepted a Danny White pass on a carom. On the very next play, quarterback Joe Theismann hit Art Monk for a 43 yard touchdown pass and catch to break the game open. After the score, the Redskins' receivers gathered in the end zone to celebrate, but were joined by members of the Cowboys secondary. There was some pushing and shoving between the players, and the Fun Bunch went ahead and jumped, albeit with very little high-fiving possible. Both teams were assessed a penalty for unsportsman-like behavior, which offset each other, and the game continued.

The Fun Bunch celebrations were discontinued the following year. Currently, the NFL has rules in place making such pre-planned group celebrations illegal. Any such celebration would be penalized. The Fun Bunch, however, remains an iconic image associated with the success the Redskins had in 1982 and 1983.

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 1982-83 NFL playoffs

1982 NFC First Round vs Detroit Lions

1982 NFC First Round: Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 7 0 7
Redskins 10 14 7 0 31

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

  • Date: January 8
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 46°F (cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 55,045
  • Referee: Tom Dooley
  • TV announcers (CBS): Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Roger Staubach (color commentator)

1982 NFC Second Round vs Minnesota Vikings

1982 NFC Second Round: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 0 0 7
Redskins 14 7 0 0 21

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

  • Date: January 15
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 44°F (cloudy, breezy)
  • Game attendance: 55,045
  • Referee: Jim Tunney
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jack Buck (play-by-play) and Hank Stram (color commentator)

Running back John Riggins led the Redskins to a victory with 185 rushing yards and a touchdown.

1982 NFC Championship Game: vs Dallas Cowboys

1982 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 0 14 0 17
Redskins 7 7 7 10 31

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

  • Date: January 22
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 38°F (Overcast)
  • Game attendance: 55,045
  • Referee: Jerry Seeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Pat Summerall (play-by-play) and John Madden (color commentator)

John Riggins, who ran nine straight times to help Washington run out the clock in the final period, finished the game with 140 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.

Super Bowl XVII: vs Miami Dolphins

Main article: Super Bowl XVII
Super Bowl XVII: Washington Redskins vs Miami Dolphins
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 10 0 0 17
Redskins 0 10 3 14 27

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Awards and records[edit]

1983 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl[edit]

Media[edit]

Pre season Local TV[edit]

Channel Play-by-play Color commentator
WJLA-TV

Local Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-play Color Commentators
WMAL-AM Frank Herzog Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgenson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winless in the Pre-Season
  2. ^ "1982 Washington Redskins". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 384. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  5. ^ http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450