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There’s something about players' strikes that give the Redskins a great chance at winning a Super Bowl. Of the three player strikes in NFL history, two have led to Redskins Super Bowl victories.
In 1982, the 57-day strike cut the regular season down to only nine games and didn’t finish until into January of 1983. Because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16 team tournament-style playoff for the postseason.
Super Bowl XVII would pit Hall of Fame coach Don Shula and his Miami Dolphins against second year coach Joe Gibbs.
With Joe Theismann at quarterback and John Riggins running the ball, Washington would defeat the very team that denied them their first Lombardi Trophy the decade prior.
If there is one single defining moment in Redskins history it would have to be John Riggins’ 43-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter on fourth-and-one. The play gave Washington the lead, which they would never relinquish back to Miami. Riggo’s TD run was more yardage than the Dolphins had the entire second half.
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