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

The 1982 Washington Redskins season was the team's 50th in the National Football League, and 45th in Washington, D.C..

The team had gone 8-8 the previous season. 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. Washington had the best record in the NFC, and were the number one seed in the conference for the playoff tournament.

The Redskins marched through the NFC playoffs, beating each of their opponents by an average of 19 points. In a rematch of Washington's only prior Super Bowl appearance ten years prior, the Redskins -- in a game famous for Washington's "70 Chip" play on fourth-and-1 -- went on to beat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 to win Super Bowl XVII. It was the Redskins' first ever Super Bowl victory, and their first NFL Championship in forty years.


NFL DraftEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit


Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record Attendance
1 September 12, 1982 at Philadelphia W 37-34 (OT) Veterans Stadium 1-0
2 September 19, 1982 at Tampa Bay W 21-13 Tampa Stadium 2-0
10 November 21, 1982 at NY Giants W 27-17 Giants Stadium 3-0
11 November 28, 1982 Philadelphia W 13-9 RFK Stadium 4-0
12 December 5, 1982 Dallas L 10-24 RFK Stadium 4-1
13 December 12, 1982 at St. Louis W 12-7 Busch Memorial Stadium 5-1
14 December 19, 1982 NY Giants W 15-14 RFK Stadium 6-1
15 December 26, 1982 at New Orleans W 27-10 Louisiana Superdome 7-1
16 January 2, 1983 St. Louis W 28-0 RFK Stadium 8-1
Round One Detroit W 31-7 RFK Stadium 9-1
Round Two Minnesota W 21-7 RFK Stadium 10-1
NFC Championship Dallas W 31-17 RFK Stadium 11-1
Super Bowl XVII Miami W 27-17 Rose Bowl 12-1


Template:1982 NFC standings

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week 2: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week 3: at New York GiantsEdit

Week 4: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week 5: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

Week 6: at St. Louis CardinalsEdit

Week 7: vs. New York GiantsEdit

Week 8: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week 9: vs. St. Louis CardinalsEdit

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.


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

Super Bowl XVII
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 10 3 14 27
Dolphins 7 10 0 0 17

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: Sunday, January 30
  • Game weather: 54°F, wind 9 mph
  • Game attendance: 103,667
  • Box Score

Awards and recordsEdit


  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 400
  3. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450

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