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For all of you Redskin historians out there that are aas old as me and older, here is a great Washington Post Redskin history site, it really brings back memories.

I really love the 1991 Eagles playoff game, when we got revenge from the body bag game.

Check it out.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/history/timeline/articles/list.htm

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Wow, how awesome it must have been to read this in the newspaper:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/history/allart/83cowboys.htm

Redskins Top Cowboys, Reach Super Bowl

By Paul Attner

Washington Post Staff Writer

Monday, January 23, 1982; Page A1

It couldn't get much sweeter than this for the Washington Redskins. In a madhouse called RFK Stadium, they got all the revenge and respect they wanted yesterday by beating the Dallas Cowboys, 31-17, to earn their second trip to the Super Bowl.

"This was the way it was suppose to be," Coach Joe Gibbs said in an emotion-filled dressing room after taking a congratulatory telephone call from President Ronald Reagan. "I haven't even thought about the Super Bowl. This is our Super Bowl, this was everything rolled into one. The Redskins versus Dallas, the team we wanted to beat the most. How can you top that.?"

The Redskins won the NFC title game and a berth in Super Bowl XVII next Sunday in Pasadena, Calif., because the Hogs, their young offensive line, dominated the Cowboys' front four, allowing fullback John Riggins to grind out 140 time-consuming, spirit breaking yards.

They won because defensive tackle Darryl Grant was able to run 10 yards to the Dallas end zone with a fourth-quarter pass that was tipped by defensive end Dexter Manley, the Redskin who most dislikes the Cowboys.

They won because Mike Nelms nearly returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the third period after almost handing Dallas a score on a fumble.

They won because Dallas, which lost starting quarterback Danny White (concussion) late in the second quarter, committed three turnovers that error-free Washington turned into 17 points.

They won because of a raucous sellout crowd of 55,045 that refused to stop rocking the stadium even when the Cowboys had closed to 21-17 late in the third period.

They won because Dallas had beaten them six straight times, an accomplishment that drove them all week. And then won because they thought no one respected them even though they had the best record in the NFL.

"People didn't think we were any good: Dallas didn't think we were any good," guard Mark May said. "Dallas said they would take on the Hogs straight up and we wouldn't run on them like we ran on Minnesota. Tell them I hope they have fun watching the Super Bowl on television. This was our revenge. This was the Hogs' revenge."

Now the Redskins will take a day off to watch the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets play in the AFC title game. "It will take that long for this all to sink in," said linebacker Mel Kaufman, who had a crucial fourth-quarter interception. "It's been a long time since something like this has happened to this town."

It's been a decade since the town has been able to celebrate a Super Bowl team. The Redskins made it to Super Bowl VII by defeating the Cowboys, 26-3, in a game they dominated almost from the start. Yesterday, they came much closer to staying home next week before Kaufman's interception and Grant's touchdown finally ended Dallas' chances.

For the Cowboys, it was the third straight year they had lost in the NFC Championship game. "We didn't have the intensity we needed to stop them," Coach Tom Landry said. "We never got on a good roll. The Redskins were on a roll all year."

This was a day that belonged especially to Riggins and the Hogs, who had been outplayed by Dallas Dec. 5, when the Cowboys gave the Redskins their only loss of the season, 24-10. Riggins gained just 26 yards that day, and the Cowboys sacked Joe Theismann seven times.

But on this afternoon, no one was stopping Riggins or the line, which just gave up three sacks.

Riggins, who had 199 yards two weeks ago against Detroit and a career-high 185 against Minnesota last week, gave the offense the power it needed early and late against a usually overpowering Dallas rush defense. The third straight 100 yard plus performance in the playoffs was an NFL record, and afterward , he was ecstatic.

"I've waited a long time for this, he said. "I'm really thrilled. TO tell you the truth, after the strike, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the season. I was ready to pack my bags and head for Kansas. Boy, what a mistake that would have been>"

Riggins was helped by a revised Redskin game plan. "We changed some stuff for this game," guard Russ Grimm said. "We were zone blocking last time and not coming off quickly. We went more man-to-man, more double teams this time.

"We decided to take them on, be physical and let the best man win. But we knew we had to run if we were going to win."

Gibbs helped the line by using a new offensive set. He split out tight end Rick Walker, making him into a third wide receiver, and used tight end Don Warren as a man in motion, to block middle linebacker Bob Breunig. The alignment spread out the Cowboys' defense, making it easier to work in the middle.

Dallas opened with a 27-yard field goal and the Redskins responded with an 84-yard, nine-play drive that ended on a 19-yard pass from Theismann to Charlie Brown, who cleanly beat Dennis Thurman. Riggins gained 32 yards in that series.

On the Redskins' next possession, Riggins gained 24 yards and Theismann completed two passes, but Mark Moseley missed a chip-shot field goal from 27 yards. Dallas then committed its first mistake, when rookie Rod Hill muffed a towering punt by Jeff Hayes just before being hit by linebacker Monte Coleman.

The ball bumbled into the end zone, where Coleman feel on it. But under NFL rules, a muff can't be advanced by the defensive team, so the Redskins took over on the 10.

"I was set wide on our punt coverage team and only one guy, Everson Walls, was on me,: said Coleman, a special teams star who usually has two blockers on him. "I was surprised. I just overpowered Walls. I saw the ball hit Hill's arms and roll down. I just went for it. I thought I had a touchdown." The touchdown came four plays later, when Riggins plunged ion from a yard out. Moseley's kick made it 14-3 with 2:41 left in the half.

With 32 seconds remaining, the Cowboys were threatening on the Redskins' 32. White dropped back against the blitzing outside linebackers. He started to pass when Manley, who had beaten tackle Pat Donovan on an inside stunt, broke up the middle and hit White on the dead run. The pass was incomplete and White knocked out on his feet. He walked off with help, and never returned.

That appeared to be the end for Dallas. Instead, the Cowboys almost got on their own roll during the third quarter behind quarterback Gary Hogeboom, a third-year player who had thrown only eight passes in the NFL.

"it was getting airy out there for a while, but with our team, you always know we are going to come up with the big play," safety Tony Peters said. "You don't know when it's going to happen, but it will happen."

The Cowboys started a comeback when Hogeboom passed six yards to Drew Person against a blitz for a touchdown, cutting a 14-3 half-time deficit to 14-10. The Redskins' offense, after dominating the opening 18 minutes, was being hindered now by bad field position and a much tougher Cowboy defense.

A big play came moments later. Nelms, who earlier had fumbled the opening second-half kickoff, took this one down the right sideline through the initial pack of tacklers. A fine block by Wilbur Jackson on Rafael Septien cleared the way until the Cowboys' 21, where the 76-yard return ended on a tackle by Thurman.

"That maybe was the key play of the game," Gibbs said.

Theismann and Brown combined for a 22-yard touchdown pass to the Dallas six, with Brown making the catch on his knees. Then Riggins, behind a fine block by Grimm, ran the final four for a 21-10 lead.

But Hogeboom wasn't finished. Again, another blitz, he completed a 23-yard pass to Butch Johnson with 3:25 left in the third period. Then he had Dallas on the Washington 23 early in the fourth quarter, but Septien missed a 42-yard field goal, breaking his playoff record streak at 15 (he earlier had made a 27-yarder).

The Redskins' offense needed another break. It got it moments later when Hogeboom tried to pass to Tony Hill down the right sideline. Kaufman, covering anyone in his short zone, saw the ball coming and made a fine leaping, over-the-shoulder interception at the Dallas 40.

Seven plays later, Moseley made his first field goal after four straight misses. His 29-yarder came after yet another pass from Theismann to Brown, this one a 13-yarder against a safety blitz that had given the Redskins so much trouble in the first game.

Seventeen seconds later, the outcome was all but determined. On first down form the 20 after the ensuing kickoff, the Cowboys called one of their delayed screen passes. Hogeboom waited, but when he threw toward Tony Dorsett in the flat, the onrushing Manley leaped and tipped the ball.

Grant, an offensive guard who was converted to defensive tackle late last season, caught up to the deflection at the 10. Grant broke a tackle at the five before scoring with 6:55 remaining. As he was overwhelmed by celebration teammates, the crowd began celebrating the Super Bowl trip.

In a few moments, the Redskins celebrated too, by carrying Gibbs off the field. But first they had to wait out a bizarre ending. With 12 seconds left, both teams thought the game was over and left the field, only to be called back when referee Jerry Seeman insisted the Cowboys run a final play. They did, with Pearson playing quarterback and falling on the ball.

Afterward, Theismann, who had three interceptions in the December game but none this game, was near tears.

"I'm the happiest man in the world," he said. "I never thought this would happen to us or to me. This is the greatest moment of my life. We beat the Cowboys, we're going to the Super Bowl. What else could you want?"

© Copyright 1983 The Washington Post Company

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Holy crap. Reading some of these columns by Shirley Povich is incredible.

---------- Post added February-20th-2011 at 10:08 PM ----------

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/history/allart/37title.htm

Povich's description of the Redskins' first title.

"It was a mob of infuriated Bears that gave ground before Baugh and late in the fourth quarter, when tempers were short and the title was slipping out of the paws of the Bears, fighting broke out.

In a wild melee of fist slinging that took place beyond the sidelines near the Washington bench, Baugh was the central figure off the field even as he was on the field.

For it was a punch aimed at Baugh by 210-pound 6-foot-3 Dick Plasman, big bad Bear end who played his college football at Vanderbilt that set off the flareup of open fist slinging that had been taking place surreptitiously in the scrimmages throughout the game.

Baugh had run Plasman out of bounds after the latter had caught a pass and it was within of the Redskin bench that the Bear end lashed out at Baugh. Then Baugh punched back and Redskin reserves leaped to their feet, rushing to Baugh’s aid.

From across the field came both Redskins and Bears and for a half minute it was a free-for-all but game officials restored order. No penalties were given but Plasman, when he went back to the playing field was dripping blood from the nose and limping noticeably."

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1997/history/allart/vincepov.htm

Lombardi had been asked, would he let Mr. Williams meet with the players? "No, that won't be necessary," Lombardi said. He could have been talking not only to the audience but to Williams himself, in case the club president had any notion that access to the players would be as easy under Lombardi as it was under Graham. Williams' closed-door player talks with the athletes, with coaches excluded, were a mark of his presidency.

Sound familiar? :ols:

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It's threads like this one that should be 10'pages long. Instead you have drama filled garbage threads taking up the first page. What es is this not juicy enough for y'all? You guys only comment on the negative threads or something? Lol.

Thanks for posting this. I read like 5 of those articles last night. Must have been awesome to see my beloved skins dominating the NFL. one day.....one day.

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It's threads like this one that should be 10'pages long. Instead you have drama filled garbage threads taking up the first page. What es is this not juicy enough for y'all? You guys only comment on the negative threads or something? Lol.

Thanks for posting this. I read like 5 of those articles last night. Must have been awesome to see my beloved skins dominating the NFL. one day.....one day.

Thanks Stoney, I remember so many of these games and events, dating beck to when Lombardi died. I remember my late father being so sad when he passed away. We finally had a winning team, then he get's cancer, and we lost till Allen arrived here.

I'm sure there are many older than me that remember some of the older articles, look how great writers like Povich were, thoses guys were awesome

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Thanks Stoney, I remember so many of these games and events, dating beck to when Lombardi died. I remember my late father being so sad when he passed away. We finally had a winning team, then he get's cancer, and we lost till Allen arrived here.

I'm sure there are many older than me that remember some of the older articles, look how great writers like Povich were, thoses guys were awesome

Pretty crazy as soon as Lombardi got here, he passed. My dad, not a skins fan growing up, thinks the skins are cursed. He really thought they were cursed when Sean got murdered and then when Jim Zorn was hired....sigh. Kinda have to agree with him until we start winning.

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Thanks for the link. Like the OP, the revenge game for the Body Bag incident is one of the Redskins wins that I was most thrilled about......probably only topped by the Super Bowl wins and the 1983 NFCCG against the Cowboys. Looking through the article I realized how little I remembered about the game. I know I was working that day and thus was only able to watch bits and pieces of the game, but was so pumped after we won. A few years later an article in the WaPo magazine (believe it was also written by Richard Justice) illustrated how badly Gibbs despised Ryan and wanted that game.

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