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1982 Washington Redskins season
Head Coach Joe Gibbs
Home Field RFK Stadium
Results
Record 8-1
Place 1st NFC
Playoff Finish Won First Round (Lions) 31-7
Won Second Round (Vikings) 21-7
Won Conference Championship (Cowboys) 31-17
Won Super Bowl XVII (Dolphins) 27-17
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1981 1983

The 1982 Washington Redskins began with the team trying to improve on their 8-8 record from 1981. The 1982 NFL season was shortened from 16 games per team to 9 games because of a players' strike. The NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8, and division standings were ignored. The Redskins would go on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 to win Super Bowl XVII.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
49Washington RedskinsVernon DeanDefensive BackSan Diego State
61Washington RedskinsCarl PowellWide ReceiverJackson State University

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Philadelphia Eagles W 37-34 (OT) Veterans Stadium 1-0
68,885
2 September 19, 1982 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 21-13 Tampa Stadium 2-0
66,187
10 November 21, 1982 at New York Giants W 27-17 Giants Stadium 3-0
70,766
11 November 28, 1982 Philadelphia Eagles W 13-9 RFK Stadium 4-0
48,313
12 December 5, 1982 Dallas Cowboys L 10-24 RFK Stadium 4-1
54,633
13 December 12, 1982 at St. Louis Cardinals W 12-7 Busch Memorial Stadium 5-1
35,308
14 December 19, 1982 New York Giants W 15-14 RFK Stadium 6-1
50,030
15 December 26, 1982 at New Orleans Saints W 27-10 Louisiana Superdome 7-1
48,667
16 January 2, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 28-0 RFK Stadium 8-1
55,045
Round One Detroit Lions W 31-7 RFK Stadium 9-1
55,045
Round Two Minnesota Vikings W 21-7 RFK Stadium 10-1
54,593
NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys W 31-17 RFK Stadium 11-1
55,045
Super Bowl XVII Miami Dolphins W 27-17 Rose Bowl 12-1
103,667

StandingsEdit

National Football Conference
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 8 1 0 .889 190 128
Dallas Cowboys 6 3 0 .667 226 145
Green Bay Packers 5 3 1 .611 226 169
Minnesota Vikings 5 4 0 .556 187 198
Atlanta Falcons 5 4 0 .556 183 199
St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 0 .556 135 170
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 4 0 .556 158 178
Detroit Lions 4 5 0 .444 181 176
New Orleans Saints 4 5 0 .444 129 160
New York Giants 4 5 0 .444 164 160
San Francisco 49ers 3 6 0 .333 209 206
Chicago Bears 3 6 0 .333 141 174
Philadelphia Eagles 3 6 0 .333 191 195
Los Angeles Rams 2 7 0 .222 200 250
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Fun BunchEdit

The Fun Bunch was the nickname for the wide receivers and tight ends of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League during the early 1980s. Known for their choreographed group celebrations in the end zone (usually a group high-five) following a touchdown.

The members of the Fun Bunch included the Redskins' wide receivers Art Monk, Virgil Seay, Charlie Brown, and Alvin Garrett, and tight ends Rick Walker, and Don Warren. Every single one of these players won a Super Bowl with the Redskins, and three have been chosen for the Pro Bowl. The first high-five leap performed by the Fun Bunch occurred after an Alvin Garrett touchdown 1982 first-round Playoff game against the Detroit Lions.

The Fun Bunch celebration was begun as a tribute to Art Monk, who was injured late in the 1982 regular season and could not participate in the playoffs that year. Garrett forgot about the arranged celebration after his first two touchdown grabs against the Lions. Thankfully, he nabbed a third TD, and the Fun Bunch was born.

The celebration continued into the following year, with Monk joining in. Some Redskins opponents, however, had begun to get annoyed with the display. In a week 15 game against the rival Dallas Cowboys, things came to a head. The game would decide both which team would win the NFC East division, and which of the two teams would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs. In the second half, with the Redskins leading 14-10, Darrell Green intercepted a Danny White pass on a carom. On the very next play, quarterback Joe Theismann hit Art Monk for a 43 yard touchdown pass and catch to break the game open. After the score, the Redskins' receivers gathered in the end zone to celebrate, but were joined by members of the Cowboys secondary. There was some pushing and shoving between the players, and the Fun Bunch went ahead and jumped, albeit with very little high-fiving possible. Both teams were assessed a penalty for unsportsman-like behavior, which offset each other, and the game continued.

The Fun Bunch celebrations were discontinued the following year. Currently, the NFL has rules in place making such pre-planned group celebrations illegal. Any such celebration would be penalized. The Fun Bunch, however, remains an iconic image associated with the success the Redskins had in 1982 and 1983.

PlayoffsEdit

First RoundEdit

Washington Redskins 31, Detroit Lions 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 7 0

7

Redskins 10 14 7 0

31

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Second RoundEdit

Washington Redskins 21, Minnesota Vikings 7
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 7 0 0

7

Redskins 14 7 0 0

21

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Running back John Riggins led the Redskins to a victory with 185 rushing yards and a touchdown.

NFC Championship GameEdit

Washington Redskins 31, Dallas Cowboys 17
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 3 0 14 0

17

Redskins 7 7 7 10

31

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

John Riggins, who ran nine straight times to help Washington run out the clock in the final period, finished the game with 140 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.

Super Bowl XVIIEdit

Scoring summary
  • MIA - TD: Jimmy Cefalo 76 yard pass from David Woodley (Uwe von Schamann kick) 7-0 MIA
  • WAS - FG: Mark Moseley 31 yards 7-3 MIA
  • MIA - FG: Uwe von Schamann 20 yards 10-3 MIA
  • WAS - TD: Alvin Garrett 4 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick) 10-10 tie
  • MIA - TD: Fulton Walker 98 yard kickoff return (Uwe von Schamann kick) 17-10 MIA
  • WAS - FG: Mark Moseley 20 yards 17-13 MIA
  • WAS - TD: John Riggins 43 yard run (Mark Moseley kick) 20-17 WAS
  • WAS - TD: Charlie Brown 6 yard pass from Joe Theismann (Mark Moseley kick) 27-17 WAS

Awards and recordsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. (PDF) 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book. National Football League. p. 384. http://www.nfl.info/download/2010%20NFL%20Record%20and%20Fact%20Book.pdf. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  3. http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450
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