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Redskins Legacy: Redskins Best Patriots in Key 1981 Win

Redskins Legacy: Redskins Best Patriots in Key 1981 Win


In the big picture, the Redskins’ 24-22 win over the Patriots in 1981 seemed void of major significance.  The Redskins improved to 2-6 in an already tumultuous season in which the playoffs had become a distant thought.

Realistically, though, beating the Patriots was very important.  The victory kicked off a four-game win streak that helped propel the Redskins to an 8-8 finish in their first season under rookie coach Joe Gibbs.

They captured eight of their last 11 games in all, even rising to playoff contention, and generated momentum heading into their 1982 Super Bowl-winning season and beyond in the Gibbs-I glory era.