Giants–Redskins rivalry

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New York Giants–Washington Redskins
New York Giants wordmark.svg
New York Giants
Washington Redskins wordmark.svg
Washington Redskins
First meeting October 9, 1932
Boston Braves 14, New York Giants 6
Latest meeting January 1, 2017
Fedex Field
NYG 19, WAS 10
Next meeting 2017
Meetings total 170 meetings[1]
All-time series NYG leads 99–67–4[1]
Postseason results

Series tied 1–1[1]

Most recent
January 11, 1987
NYG 17, WAS 0
Largest victory NYG 53, WAS 0 (1961)[2]
Smallest victory WAS 21, NYG 20 (1933)
Current win streak NYG 1 win (2017—present)
Championship Success

NFL Championships (13)

Division Championships (37)

  • New York Giants (22) – 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011
  • Washington Redskins (15) – 1936, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1972, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1999, 2012, 2015

Super Bowl Appearances (10)[3]

The Giants–Redskins rivalry is a rivalry between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. The rivalry began in 1932 with the founding of the Washington Redskins, and is the oldest rivalry in the NFC East Division. While often dismissed, particularly in recent times, this rivalry has seen periods of great competition. In particular the Giants and Redskins competed fiercely for conference and division titles in the late 1930s and early 1940s and 1980s. Perhaps most fans today recall the 1980s as the most hotly contested period between these teams, as the Redskins under Joe Gibbs and the Giants under Bill Parcells competed for division titles and Super Bowls. During this span the two teams combined to win 7 NFC East Divisional Titles, 5 Super Bowls and even duked it out in the 1986 NFC Championship Game with the Giants winning 17–0. This rivalry is storied and while it tends to be dismissed due to the Redskins' recent struggles,[when?] Wellington Mara, long time owner of the Giants, always said that he believed the Redskins were the Giants' truest rival.[4]

Despite flagging in recent years, in 2012 the rivalry intensified significantly, both on the field and off it: when, in March of that year, a special NFL commission headed by Giants owner John Mara imposed a $36 million salary cap penalty on the Redskins (and a smaller one on the Dallas Cowboys) for the organization's approach to structuring contracts in the 2010 NFL season, when there was no cap – which he publicly claimed was, if anything, too lenient, and should have cost them draft picks as well – the Redskins organization, particularly owner Daniel Snyder, were convinced that, by so disciplining divisional rivals, Mara had abused his league-wide office to advance his own teams' interests (the draft sanctions Mara sought were regarded as especially malicious, as such a punishment would have likely voided the pick-laden trade with the St. Louis Rams – completed three days before the cap penalties were announced – to acquire the #2 position, used to draft Robert Griffin III); in the week leading up to a crucial Week 13 Monday Night Football showdown eventually won by Washington, copies of Mara's quote, along with statistics implying that NFL referees were biased in the Giants' favor, were posted throughout the teams' facilities, and a smiling Snyder, within earshot of numerous media personnel, told a team employee that "I hate those motherfuckers" in the victorious locker room after the game.[5]

Game results[edit]

The following is a list of results from all of the meetings between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins from their first meeting on October 9, 1932 to the present:

Redskins victory Giants victory

* Denotes playoff game

1930s (Giants 9–5–2)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1932 October 9 Boston Braves 14–6 Braves Field
October 23 Tie 0–0 Polo Grounds
1933 October 8 Boston Redskins 21–20 Fenway Park
November 12 New York Giants 7–0 Polo Grounds
1934 October 7 New York Giants 16–13 Fenway Park
November 25 New York Giants 3–0 Polo Grounds
1935 October 6 New York Giants 20–12 Fenway Park
October 20 New York Giants 17–6 Polo Grounds
1936 October 4 New York Giants 7–0 Fenway Park
December 6 Boston Redskins 14–0 Polo Grounds
1937 September 16 Washington Redskins 13–3 Griffith Stadium
December 5 Washington Redskins 49–14 Polo Grounds
1938 October 9 New York Giants 10–7 Griffith Stadium
December 4 New York Giants 36–0 Polo Grounds
1939 October 1 Tie 0–0 Griffith Stadium
December 3 New York Giants 9–7 Polo Grounds

1940s (Giants 12–9)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1940 September 22 Washington Redskins 21–7 Griffith Stadium
November 24 New York Giants 21–7 Polo Grounds
1941 September 28 New York Giants 17–0 Griffith Stadium
November 23 New York Giants 20–13 Polo Grounds
1942 September 27 New York Giants 14–7 Griffith Stadium
November 15 Washington Redskins 14–7 Polo Grounds
1943 December 5 New York Giants 14–10 Polo Grounds
December 12 New York Giants 31–7 Griffith Stadium
December 19* Washington Redskins 28–0 Polo Grounds
1944 December 3 New York Giants 16–13 Polo Grounds
December 10 New York Giants 31–0 Griffith Stadium
1945 October 28 Washington Redskins 24–14 Polo Grounds
December 9 Washington Redskins 17–0 Griffith Stadium
1946 October 13 Washington Redskins 24–14 Griffith Stadium
December 8 New York Giants 31–0 Polo Grounds
1947 October 5 Washington Redskins 28–20 Griffith Stadium
December 7 New York Giants 35–10 Polo Grounds
1948 October 3 Washington Redskins 41–10 Griffith Stadium
December 12 Washington Redskins 28–21 Polo Grounds
1949 December 4 New York Giants 45–35 Griffith Stadium
November 27 New York Giants 23–7 Polo Grounds

1950s (Giants 15–5)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1950 October 8 New York Giants 21–17 Griffith Stadium
November 5 New York Giants 24–21 Polo Grounds
1951 October 7 New York Giants 35–14 Griffith Stadium
November 11 New York Giants 28–14 Polo Grounds
1952 November 23 New York Giants 14–10 Griffith Stadium
December 7 Washington Redskins 27–17 Polo Grounds
1953 October 11 Washington Redskins 13–9 Griffith Stadium
November 22 Washington Redskins 24–21 Polo Grounds
1954 October 10 New York Giants 51–21 Griffith Stadium
October 24 New York Giants 24–7 Polo Grounds
1955 October 30 New York Giants 35–7 Polo Grounds
December 4 New York Giants 27–20 Griffith Stadium
1956 November 18 Washington Redskins 33–7 Griffith Stadium
December 2 New York Giants 28–14 Yankee Stadium
1957 October 13 New York Giants 24–20 Griffith Stadium
October 27 Washington Redskins 31–14 Yankee Stadium
1958 October 12 New York Giants 21–14 Griffith Stadium
November 23 New York Giants 30–0 Yankee Stadium
1959 November 29 New York Giants 45–14 Yankee Stadium
December 13 New York Giants 24–10 Griffith Stadium

1960s (Giants 12–5–1)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1960 October 16 Tie 24–24 Yankee Stadium
December 11 New York Giants 17–3 Griffith Stadium
1961 October 1 New York Giants 24–21 D.C. Stadium
November 5 New York Giants 53–0 Yankee Stadium
1962 October 28 New York Giants 49–34 Yankee Stadium
November 25 New York Giants 42–24 D.C. Stadium
1963 October 6 New York Giants 24–14 D.C. Stadium
December 8 New York Giants 44–14 Yankee Stadium
1964 September 25 New York Giants 13–10 Yankee Stadium
November 29 Washington Redskins 36–21 D.C. Stadium
1965 November 7 Washington Redskins 23–7 Yankee Stadium
December 12 New York Giants 27–10 D.C. Stadium
1966 October 16 New York Giants 13–10 Yankee Stadium
November 27 Washington Redskins 72–41 D.C. Stadium
1967 October 1 Washington Redskins 38–34 D.C. Stadium
1968 September 29 New York Giants 48–21 Yankee Stadium
October 27 New York Giants 13–10 D.C. Stadium
1969 October 19 Washington Redskins 20–14 RFK Stadium

1970s (Redskins 13–7)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1970 November 15 New York Giants 35–33 Yankee Stadium
November 29 New York Giants 27–24 RFK Stadium
1971 September 26 Washington Redskins 30–3 Yankee Stadium
December 5 Washington Redskins 23–7 RFK Stadium
1972 October 29 Washington Redskins 23–16 Yankee Stadium
November 12 Washington Redskins 27–13 RFK Stadium
1973 October 14 Washington Redskins 21–3 Yale Bowl
December 2 Washington Redskins 27–24 RFK Stadium
1974 September 15 Washington Redskins 13–10 Yale Bowl
October 20 Washington Redskins 24–3 RFK Stadium
1975 September 28 Washington Redskins 49–13 RFK Stadium
November 9 Washington Redskins 21–13 Shea Stadium
1976 September 19 Washington Redskins 19–17 RFK Stadium
November 14 New York Giants 12–9 Giants Stadium
1977 September 18 New York Giants 20–17 Giants Stadium
October 23 New York Giants 17–6 RFK Stadium
1978 October 22 New York Giants 17–6 Giants Stadium
November 12 Washington Redskins 16–13 RFK Stadium
1979 September 17 Washington Redskins 27–0 RFK Stadium
November 25 New York Giants 14–6 Giants Stadium

1980s (Redskins 11–10)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1980 September 14 Washington Redskins 23–21 Giants Stadium
December 13 Washington Redskins 16–13 RFK Stadium
1981 September 13 New York Giants 17–7 RFK Stadium
November 15 Washington Redskins 30–27 Giants Stadium
1982 November 21 Washington Redskins 27–17 Giants Stadium
December 19 Washington Redskins 15–14 RFK Stadium
1983 November 13 Washington Redskins 33–17 Giants Stadium
December 17 Washington Redskins 31–22 RFK Stadium
1984 September 16 Washington Redskins 30–14 RFK Stadium
October 28 New York Giants 37–13 Giants Stadium
1985 October 20 New York Giants 17–3 Giants Stadium
November 18 Washington Redskins 23–21 RFK Stadium
1986 October 27 New York Giants 27–20 Giants Stadium
December 7 New York Giants 24–14 RFK Stadium
January 11* New York Giants 17–0 Giants Stadium
1987 October 11 Washington Redskins 38–12 Giants Stadium
December 6 Washington Redskins 23–19 RFK Stadium
1988 September 4 New York Giants 27–20 Giants Stadium
October 2 New York Giants 24–23 RFK Stadium
1989 September 11 New York Giants 27–24 RFK Stadium
October 15 New York Giants 20–17 Giants Stadium

1990s (Giants 11–8–1)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
1990 October 14 New York Giants 24–20 RFK Stadium
October 28 New York Giants 21–10 Giants Stadium
1991 October 27 Washington Redskins 17–13 Giants Stadium
December 15 Washington Redskins 34–17 RFK Stadium
1992 November 1 New York Giants 24–7 RFK Stadium
December 6 Washington Redskins 28–10 Giants Stadium
1993 October 10 New York Giants 41–7 RFK Stadium
November 14 New York Giants 20–6 Giants Stadium
1994 September 18 New York Giants 31–23 Giants Stadium
November 27 New York Giants 21–19 RFK Stadium
1995 October 29 New York Giants 24–15 RFK Stadium
December 10 New York Giants 20–13 Giants Stadium
1996 September 15 Washington Redskins 31–10 Giants Stadium
October 20 Washington Redskins 31–21 RFK Stadium
1997 November 23 Tie 7–7 Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
December 13 New York Giants 30–10 Giants Stadium
1998 September 6 New York Giants 31–24 Giants Stadium
November 1 Washington Redskins 21–14 Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
1999 September 12 Washington Redskins 50–21 Giants Stadium
November 21 Washington Redskins 23–13 Jack Kent Cooke Stadium

2000s (Giants 14–6)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
2000 September 24 Washington Redskins 16–6 Giants Stadium
December 3 New York Giants 9–7 FedExField
2001 October 7 New York Giants 23–9 Giants Stadium
October 28 Washington Redskins 35–21 FedExField
2002 November 17 New York Giants 19–17 Giants Stadium
December 8 New York Giants 27–21 FedExField
2003 September 21 New York Giants 24–21 FedExField
December 7 Washington Redskins 20–7 Giants Stadium
2004 September 19 New York Giants 20–14 Giants Stadium
December 5 Washington Redskins 31–7 FedExField
2005 October 30 New York Giants 36–0 Giants Stadium
December 24 Washington Redskins 35–20 FedExField
2006 October 8 New York Giants 19–3 Giants Stadium
December 30 New York Giants 34–28 FedExField
2007 September 23 New York Giants 24–17 FedExField
December 16 Washington Redskins 22–10 Giants Stadium
2008 September 4 New York Giants 16–7 Giants Stadium
November 30 New York Giants 23–7 FedExField
2009 September 13 New York Giants 23–17 Giants Stadium
December 21 New York Giants 45–12 FedExField

2010s (Giants 9–5)[edit]

Season Date Winner Result Location
2010 December 5 New York Giants 31–7 New Meadowlands Stadium
January 2, 2011 New York Giants 17–14 FedExField
2011 September 11 Washington Redskins 28–14 FedExField
December 18 Washington Redskins 23–10 MetLife Stadium
2012 October 21 New York Giants 27–23 MetLife Stadium
December 3 Washington Redskins 17–16 FedExField
2013 December 1 New York Giants 24–17 FedExField
December 29 New York Giants 20–6 MetLife Stadium
2014 September 25 New York Giants 45–14 FedExField
December 14 New York Giants 24–13 MetLife Stadium
2015 September 24 New York Giants 32–21 Metlife Stadium
November 29 Washington Redskins 20–14 FedEx Field
2016 September 25 Washington Redskins 29-27 Metlife Stadium
January 1 New York Giants 19-10 FedEx Field

Rivalry statistics[edit]

Giants wins Redskins wins Ties Giants points Redskins points
Regular season 97 66 4 3,487 3,007
Postseason 1 1 0 17 28
Totals 98 67 4 3,504 3,035

Updated January 3, 2015.

Notable rivalry moments[edit]

  • In 1937, their first season in Washington, D.C., the Washington Redskins were set to meet the New York Giants in the season finale in New York City at the Polo Grounds with the winner earning the right to play in the NFL Championship. The owner of the Washington Redskins, George Preston Marshall, loaded 12,000 fans and a 150 piece marching band onto trains and had them march an impromptu parade through New York City, all the while belting out "Hail to the Redskins". The tactic appeared to work as the Redskins went on to beat the Giants 49–14, going on to defeat the Chicago Bears in the 1937 NFL Championship.[4]
  • The Giants would pay the Redskins back in 1938 with a 36–0 victory of their own, a win which propelled them to their own victory in the 1938 NFL Championship.[4]
  • In 1939 the Giants and Redskins again met in the last game of the season. Having tied in their first meeting 0–0 and having identical records (8–1–1) the two teams were playing for a spot in the NFL Championship game. The game was very competitive and the Redskins trailed 9–7 in the final moments. The Redskins attempted a field goal in the last seconds, seemingly giving them a victory. However, the field goal was called no good allowing the Giants to escape with a victory. The Redskins were irate, with one player even punching referee Bill Haloran. The outcome was so controversial that rumor has it George Preston Marshall, the Redskins owner, tried to pull strings to get Haloran fired from his day job as post master of Providence R.I., unsuccessfully. The Giants would go on to lose the NFL Championship to the Green Bay Packers 27–0.[4]
  • On November 27, 1966 the Giants and Redskins participated in the highest combined scoring game in NFL history. The two teams combined for 16 touchdowns, 9 of which were of 30 yards or more. While the game was an offensive frenzy, the most memorable score was a Redskins field goal attempted with a few seconds remaining and the Giants trailing 69–41. Otto Graham, the Redskins head coach, claimed it was called merely to allow his kicker practice, but some claim that the field goal was ordered by Redskins middle linebacker and former Giant Sam Huff out of spite. In either case the final score was 72–41 and with 113 combined points the matchup remains the highest scoring game in league history.[4]
  • On November 18, 1985 in a Monday Night Football contest, the Redskins defeated the Giants 23–21. However the win did not come without a loss as on one play the Redskins ran a flea-flicker, the Giants defense was not fooled by the play and Lawrence Taylor came from the outside and sacked quarterback Joe Theisman. The play is famous as that the sack injured Theisman's leg and effectively ended his career in the NFL. The Redskins would miss the playoffs that season.
  • On October 27, 1986 in a Monday Night Football game, in what would be a preview of the NFC championship game. the Giants defeated the Redskins 27–20. This was one of two sporting events in the New York City area that night. Across the Hudson River at Shea Stadium in Queens, the New York Mets were wrapping up their second World Series championship with an 8–5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the fall classic. Game 7 of the World Series had originally been scheduled for the previous night, but was postponed by rain.
  • On September 11, 2011 was opening day for the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI championship season of 2011. It also coincided with tenth anniversary with the September 11 attacks hence the NFL scheduled the Giants and the Redskins to meet that day as the cities they represent were two metropolitan areas attacked on that day. FedEx Field was a patriotically and emotionally charged atmosphere as the two rivals took the field. Led by Eli Manning the Giants took an early 7–0 lead in the first quarter. Washington responded on a Tim Hightower touchdown run in the second. The two teams would take a 14–14 tie into halftime. Washington took the lead in the third after Ryan Kerrigan intercepted a pass from Manning and scored. Washington's defense would prevent New York from scoring in the second half and the Redskins ended a six-game losing streak to the Giants.[6] The Redskins defeated the Giants at MetLife Stadium in Week 15, their first season sweep of the Giants since 1999.[7]
  • On October 21, 2012, the teams met for the first time with Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III at Metlife Stadium. After trading scores throughout the contest, they began the 4th quarter tied at 13. Following an Ahmad Bradshaw TD run, both teams turned the ball over on back to back plays. The Redskins would narrow the lead to 20–16 on a Kai Forbath field goal. Taking over at their own 23, Robert Griffin III keyed the go-ahead TD drive, including escaping the pass rush of Pro-Bowl DE Jason Pierre-Paul on a 4th and 10 before completing a 19-yard pass to backup TE Logan Paulsen. Griffin capped the drive with a 30-yard TD pass to Santana Moss to put the Redskins up 23–20. With the Giants now trailing with under two minutes remaining, Eli Manning, who was outstanding in the fourth quarter throughout the 2011 season, threw a 77-yard TD pass to Victor Cruz to retake the lead at 27–23. On the ensuing Redskins drive, Santana Moss fumbled at the Redskins 43 yard-line and the Giants recovered, securing their 27–23 victory.
  • On December 4, 2012, in Robert Griffin III's first Monday Night Football appearance, the Redskins came back in the fourth quarter and defeated the Giants 17–16, with Griffin throwing for one score and accidentally creating another when wide receiver Josh Morgan caught his fumble on the fly and ran it into the end zone. The Redskins victory was a part of a critical streak for them to come back from a 3–6 record, this win put them at 6–6, only one game behind the Giants, who they would eventually overtake to win the NFC East.
  • On September 25, 2016, the winless Redskins visited the undefeated Giants. This game was significant due to the ongoing feud between star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and cornerback Josh Norman. In the previous season, Norman and Beckham had many on-field scrums during a game when Norman played for the Carolina Panthers. The Redskins won by a score of 29-27, sealing the win on an interception by Su'a Cravens. Beckham had an impressive 7 receptions and 121 yards, but was noticeably frustrated by Norman, and was especially apparent when he took his helmet and hit the kicker's practice net on the sidelines, causing it to fall on him. Giants center Weston Richburg was the first to ever be ejected by the new rule of being ejected after two unsportsmanlike penalties, one of which costed Beckham and the Giants a significant play.
  • The Redskins enter Week 17 fighting for their playoff chances while the Giants clinched the number 5 seed. The Giants defeated the Redskins 19-10 knocking the Redskins out the playoff contention.


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  3. ^ All Super Bowls from I through XLII (1966–2007)
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  5. ^ Doug Farrar (2012-12-04). "Dan Snyder's profane joy in Redskins win based on salary cap penalties". Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary (September 11, 2011). "For Openers, Redskins Defeat Giants 28–14". 
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (December 19, 2011). "Redskins/NFL". The Washington Post.