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

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]

Roster[edit]

1986 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

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 STK
New York Giants(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 11–1 371 236 W9
Washington Redskins(4) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 9–3 368 296 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 9 0 .438 5–3 6–6 346 337 L5
Philadelphia Eagles 5 10 1 .344 1–6–1 3–8–1 256 312 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 11 1 .281 1–6–1 3–10–1 218 351 W1

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Washington Redskins 19, Los Angeles Rams 7
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 077
Redskins 10 3 3319

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

Washington Redskins 27, Chicago Bears 13
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 0 71327
Bears 0 13 0013

at Soldier Field, Chicago

In knocking off the defending Super Bowl champion Bears, the Redskins scored their first road playoff win under Joe Gibbs. It would not be the Gibbs-led Redskins' last road playoff win, though, as they scored wins in 1988 at Chicago, in 1990 at Philadelphia, in 1992 at Minnesota, and in 2005 at Tampa.

NFC Championship Game[edit]

New York Giants 17, Washington Redskins 0
1 2 34Total
Redskins 0 0 000
Giants 10 7 0017

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

References[edit]