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1987 Washington Redskins season

1987 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Joe Gibbs
Home field RFK Stadium
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
Previous season Next season
< 1986 1988 >

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 would go on to beat 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]

Regular season

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.[3] In his NFL debut, replacement player Ed Rubbert passed for 334 yards.[3] Rubbert also threw three touchdown passes to Anthony Allen. Allen would have 255 receiving yards.[3]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.


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
2 September 20, 1987 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–21 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 1:00et CBS 1–1
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
5 October 11, 1987 at New York Giants W 38–12 Giants Stadium 4:00et CBS 3–1
6 October 19, 1987 at Dallas Cowboys W 13–7 Texas Stadium 9:00et ABC 4–1
7 October 25, 1987 New York Jets W 17–16 RFK Stadium 1:00et NBC 5–1
8 November 1, 1987 at Buffalo Bills W 27–7 Rich Stadium 1:00et CBS 6–1
9 November 8, 1987 at Philadelphia Eagles L 27–31 Veterans Stadium 1:00et CBS 6–2
10 November 15, 1987 Detroit Lions W 20–13 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 7–2
11 November 23, 1987 at Los Angeles Rams L 26–30 RFK Stadium 9:00et ABC 7–3
12 November 29, 1987 New York Giants W 23–19 RFK Stadium 4:00et CBS 8–3
13 December 6, 1987 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–17 Busch Memorial Stadium 1:00et CBS 9–3
14 December 13, 1987 Dallas Cowboys W 24–20 RFK Stadium 1:00et CBS 10–3
15 December 20, 1987 at Miami Dolphins L 21–23 Joe Robbie Stadium 8:00et ESPN[b] 10–4
16 December 26, 1987 at Minnesota Vikings W 27–24 (OT) Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 4:00et CBS 11–4
NFC Divisional Playoffs 10 January 1988 at Chicago Bears W 21–17 Soldier Field 12:30et CBS 12–4
NFC Championship 17 January 1988 Minnesota Vikings W 17–10 RFK Stadium 12:30et CBS 13–4
Super Bowl XXII 31 January 1988 N Denver Broncos W 42–10 Jack Murphy Stadium 6:25et ABC 14–4


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.


NFC East
Washington Redskins 11 4 0 .733 379 285 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 8 0 .467 340 348 W2
St. Louis Cardinals 7 8 0 .467 362 368 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 8 0 .467 337 380 W2
New York Giants 6 9 0 .400 280 312 W2

Awards and honors


  1. ^ The 1982 season also had a players' strike
  2. ^ As of the 2011 season, he is still the only African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl; Steve McNair and Donovan McNabb have started at quarterback in the Super Bowl, but both lost the game.
  3. ^ a b c Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16
  4. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF).  
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