1982 Washington Redskins season

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1982 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
Local radio WMAL
Results
Record 8–1
Division place 1st NFC
Playoff finish Won First Round (Lions) 31–7
Won Second Round (Vikings) 21–7
Won NFC Championship (Cowboys) 31–17
Won Super Bowl XVII (Dolphins) 27–17
The Redskins playing against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

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 in NFL History 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

Roster[edit]

1982 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Pre season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Record Game site Attendance Game Time Local TV
1 August 14, 1982 (Sat) at Miami Dolphins Loss 7 24 0–1 Miami Orange Bowl 8:00 PM EDT WJLA
2 August 21, 1982 (Sat) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Loss 13 28 0–2 Tampa Stadium 7:00 PM EDT WJLA
3 August 27, 1982 (Fri) Buffalo Bills Loss 14 20 0–3 RFK Stadium 8:00 PM EDT WJLA
4 September 3, 1982 (Fri) at Cincinnati Bengals Loss 21 28 0–4 Riverfront Stadium 7:30 PM EDT WJLA

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Record Game site Attendance Game Time Network TV National Radio Report
1 September 12, 1982 at Philadelphia Eagles Win (OT) 37 34 1–0 Veterans Stadium
68,885
1:00 PM EDT CBS [3]
2 September 19, 1982 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win 21 13 2–0 Tampa Stadium
66,187
4:00 PM EDT CBS [4]
- September 26, 1982 St. Louis Cardinals postponed 2–0 RFK Stadium CBS
3 October 3, 1982 Cleveland Browns canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium NBC
4 October 10, 1982 at Dallas Cowboys canceled 2–0 Texas Stadium CBS
5 October 17, 1982 Pittsburgh Steelers canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium NBC
6 October 24, 1982 at Houston Oilers canceled 2–0 Astrodome CBS
7 October 31, 1982 San Francisco 49ers canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium CBS
8 November 7, 1982 at Cincinnati Bengals canceled 2–0 Riverfront Stadium CBS
9 November 14, 1982 Minnesota Vikings canceled 2–0 RFK Stadium CBS
10 November 21, 1982 at New York Giants Win 27 17 3–0 Giants Stadium
70,766
4:00 PM EST CBS [5]
11 November 28, 1982 Philadelphia Eagles Win 13 9 4–0 RFK Stadium
48,313
1:00 PM EST CBS [6]
12 December 5, 1982 Dallas Cowboys Loss 10 24 4–1 RFK Stadium
54,633
4:00 PM EST CBS [7]
13 December 12, 1982 at St. Louis Cardinals Win 12 7 5–1 Busch Memorial Stadium
35,308
1:00 PM EST CBS [8]
14 December 19, 1982 New York Giants Win 15 14 6–1 RFK Stadium
50,030
1:00 PM EST CBS [9]
15 December 26, 1982 at New Orleans Saints Win 27 10 7–1 Louisiana Superdome
48,667
4:00 PM EST CBS [10]
16 January 2, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals Win 28 0 8–1 RFK Stadium
55,045
1:00 PM EST CBS [11]

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 31)

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 8 1 0 .889 6–1 8–1 190 128 W4
Dallas Cowboys(2) 6 3 0 .667 2–1 4–2 226 145 L2
St. Louis Cardinals(6) 5 4 0 .556 3–1 5–4 135 170 L1
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 2–3 3–5 164 160 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 1–5 1–5 191 195 L1
National Football Conference
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(1) 8 1 0 .889 190 128 W4
Dallas Cowboys(2) 6 3 0 .667 226 145 L2
Green Bay Packers(3) 5 3 1 .611 226 169 L1
Minnesota Vikings(4) 5 4 0 .556 187 198 W1
Atlanta Falcons(5) 5 4 0 .556 183 199 L2
St. Louis Cardinals(6) 5 4 0 .556 135 170 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7) 5 4 0 .556 158 178 W3
Detroit Lions(8) 4 5 0 .444 181 176 W1
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160 W1
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160 W1
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206 L1
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195 L1
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250 W1

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]

Round Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Game site Attendance Game Time Network TV National Radio Report
NFC First Round January 8, 1983 (Sat) Detroit Lions Win 31 7 RFK Stadium
55,045
12:30 PM EST CBS CBS [12]
NFC Second Round January 15, 1983 (Sat) Minnesota Vikings Win 21 7 RFK Stadium
54,593
12:30 PM EST CBS CBS [13]
NFC Championship January 22, 1983 (Sat) Dallas Cowboys Win 31 17 RFK Stadium
55,045
12:30 PM EST CBS CBS [14]
Super Bowl XVII January 30, 1983 Miami Dolphins Win 27 17 Rose Bowl
103,667
6:00 PM EST NBC CBS [15]

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

1982 NFC First Round vs Detroit Lions

1982 NFC First Round: Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Lions 0 0 707
Redskins 10 14 7031

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

1982 NFC Second Round vs Minnesota Vikings

1982 NFC Second Round: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Vikings 0 7 007
Redskins 14 7 0021

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)
  • Box Score

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 34Total
Cowboys 3 0 14017
Redskins 7 7 71031

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

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

Super Bowl XVII: Washington Redskins vs Miami Dolphins
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 7 10 0017
Redskins 0 10 31427

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]