For committed Redskins fans, the term "Super bowl" has grown old in recent years. Repeated attempts to reach unrealistically high expectations have collectively crushed a fan base that remains more dedicated than almost any in sports.
But finally, Washington has a product worthy of praise to place on the field.
Year three of the Mike Shanahan era saw the first giant step towards success in D.C., with a 10-6 record and the first home-field playoff game since 1999.
Now, it is the organization's responsibility to ensure sustained success.
Luckily for them, they appear to have the pieces in place. With an offense that can move the ball, a defense that can stop it and a special teams unit that can get the job done when it needs to, few obstacles stand between the Redskins and a deep playoff run.
But can they get past the top teams in the NFC? Only time will tell.
Here are five good reasons Washington is primed to represent the NFC in Superbowl XLVIII.