1986 Washington Redskins season

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1986 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 19–7
Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 27–13
Lost Conference Championship (Giants) 17–0
Timeline
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< 1985 1987 >

The 1986 Washington Redskins began with the team trying to improve on their 10–6 record from 1985 and return to the playoffs after missing them the previous year. The Redskins finished with a 12–4 record, good for second place in the NFC East, and qualified for the playoffs as a wild card. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Game at RFK Stadium, then upset the defending champion Chicago Bears in the Divisional Playoffs. The season came to an end in the NFC Championship Game when the Redskins were defeated by their division rivals, the New York Giants.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 Philadelphia Eagles W 41–14
53,982
2 September 14, 1986 Los Angeles Raiders W 10–6
55,235
3 September 21, 1986 at San Diego Chargers W 30–27
57,853
4 September 28, 1986 Seattle Seahawks W 19–14
54,157
5 October 5, 1986 at New Orleans Saints W 14–6
57,378
6 October 12, 1986 at Dallas Cowboys L 30–6
63,264
7 October 19, 1986 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–21
53,494
8 October 27, 1986 at New York Giants L 27–20
75,923
9 November 2, 1986 Minnesota Vikings W 44–38
51,928
10 November 9, 1986 at Green Bay Packers W 16–7
47,728
11 November 17, 1986 San Francisco 49ers W 14–6
54,774
12 November 23, 1986 Dallas Cowboys W 41–14
55,642
13 November 30, 1986 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–17
35,637
14 December 7, 1986 New York Giants L 24–14
55,642
15 December 13, 1986 at Denver Broncos L 31–30
75,905
16 December 21, 1986 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–14
61,816

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
New York Giants(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 11–1 371 236
Washington Redskins(4) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 9–3 368 296
Dallas Cowboys 7 9 0 .438 5–3 6–6 346 337
Philadelphia Eagles 5 10 1 .344 1–6–1 3–8–1 256 312
St. Louis Cardinals 4 11 1 .281 1–6–1 3–10–1 218 351

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Washington Redskins 19, Los Angeles Rams 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 0 0 7 7
Redskins 10 3 3 3 19

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Washington Redskins 27, Chicago Bears 13
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 0 7 13 27
Bears 0 13 0 0 13

at Soldier Field, Chicago

NFC Championship Game[edit]

New York Giants 17, Washington Redskins 0
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0
Giants 10 7 0 0 17

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

References[edit]