1987 Washington Redskins season

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1987 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
Local radio WMAL
Results
Record 11–4
Division place 1st NFC East
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 21–17
Won Conference Championship (Vikings) 17–10
Won Super Bowl XXII (Broncos) 42–10

The 1987 Washington Redskins season was a shortened 15-game season due to the 1987 NFL strike.

The team had finished second in the NFC East the previous season with a 12–4 record. Games to be played during the third week of the season were canceled, and replacement players were used to play games from weeks 4 through 6.

The Redskins won the NFC East with an 11–4 record. The Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos 42–10 to win Super Bowl XXII. It was the Redskins' second Super Bowl win in six seasons, and coincidentally, their second Super Bowl win in a strike-season.[1]

Redskins quarterback Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to start in a Super Bowl and was the only individual to have emerged victorious until Russell Wilson won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks.[2]

By virtue of the Redskins' 17-10 victory over Minnesota in the NFC title game, head coach Joe Gibbs earned his 10th playoff victory. He surpassed the legendary Vince Lombardi, who had retired after his 9th playoff victory and (ironically) later coached the Redskins for one season. Also ironic was the rumor that, following a disastrous 5-10 season, Green Bay would hire Gibbs to replace the dismissed Forrest Gregg. However, after the game, Gibbs would deny that he was interested. [3]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

1987 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, 1987 (Fri) Pittsburgh Steelers Win 23 17
2 August 22, 1987 (Sat)
3 August 29, 1987 (Sat)
4 September 5, 1987 (Sat)

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Regular season[edit]

In 1987, Redskins starting QB Jay Schroeder got injured early in the opening game against the Eagles and was replaced by Williams, who led the team to victory.[4] In his NFL debut, replacement player Ed Rubbert passed for 334 yards.[4] Rubbert also threw three touchdown passes to Anthony Allen. Allen would have 255 receiving yards.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Game time TV Record Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 Philadelphia Eagles W 34–24 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 1–0
52,188
[1]
2 September 20, 1987 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–21 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium 1:00et CBS 1–1
50,882
[2]
September 27, 1987 New England Patriots Canceled RFK Stadium 1:00et NBC 1–1
4 October 4, 1987 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–21 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 2–1
27,728
[3]
5 October 11, 1987 at New York Giants W 38–12 Giants Stadium 4:00et CBS 3–1
9,123
[4]
6 October 19, 1987 at Dallas Cowboys W 13–7 Texas Stadium 9:00et ABC 4–1
60,415
[5]
7 October 25, 1987 New York Jets W 17–16 RFK Stadium 1:00et NBC 5–1
53,497
[6]
8 November 1, 1987 at Buffalo Bills W 27–7 Rich Stadium 1:00et CBS 6–1
71,640
[7]
9 November 8, 1987 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–31 Veterans Stadium 1:00et CBS 6–2
63,609
[8]
10 November 15, 1987 Detroit Lions W 20–13 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 7–2
53,593
[9]
11 November 23, 1987 Los Angeles Rams L 26–30 RFK Stadium 9:00et ABC 7–3
53,614
[10]
12 November 29, 1987 New York Giants W 23–19 RFK Stadium 4:00et CBS 8–3
45,815
[11]
13 December 6, 1987 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–17 Busch Memorial Stadium 1:00et CBS 9–3
31,324
[12]
14 December 13, 1987 Dallas Cowboys W 24–20 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 10–3
54,882
[13]
15 December 20, 1987 at Miami Dolphins L 21–23 Joe Robbie Stadium 8:00et ESPN[b] 10–4
65,715
[14]
16 December 26, 1987 at Minnesota Vikings W 27–24 (OT) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 4:00et CBS 11–4
59,160
[15]

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 25)
b Simulcast on WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins(3) 11 4 0 .733 7–1 9–3 379 285 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 4–4 5–7 340 348 W2
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 3–5 7–7 362 368 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 3–5 4–7 337 380 W2
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 3–5 4–8 280 312 W2

Playoffs[edit]

Round Date Opponent Result Redskins points Opponents Game site Attendance Game Time Network TV National Radio Report
NFC Wild Card Playoffs Bye week
NFC Divisional Playoffs January 10, 1988 at Chicago Bears Win 21 17 Soldier Field
58,153
12:30 PM CBS CBS [16]
NFC Championship January 17, 1988 Minnesota Vikings Win 17 10 RFK Stadium
55,212
12:30 PM CBS CBS [17]
Super Bowl XXII January 31, 1988 N Denver Broncos Win 42 10 Jack Murphy Stadium
73,302
6:00 PM ABC CBS [18]

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 1982 season also had a players' strike
  2. ^ As of the 2014 season, he is one of only two African-American quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl, the other being Russell Wilson; Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb have started at quarterback in the Super Bowl, but both lost the game.
  3. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1988/02/01/page/27/article/gibbs-squashes-packer-rumors/
  4. ^ a b c Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16