1991 Washington Redskins: Third Super Bowl in Ten Years

Ryan NotermanCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

26 Jan 1992:  Linebacker Kurt Gouveia #54 of the Washington Redskins intercepts the ball at Super Bowl  XXVI against the Buffalo Bills at Humpert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Redskins won 37-24.                 Mandatory Credit: M

In the Chinese calender it was the year of the sheep. To me it was the year of the "Hogs".

It was the last time that the Washington Redskins made it to the big game and it marked their third Super Bowl win in ten years.

The Redskins Super Bowl victory was remarkable. It is the first season and Super Bowl that I remember.

Led by Mark Rypien, Art Monk, Gary Clark, Earnest Byner, Gerald Riggs, and Ricky Ervin, the Redskins offense was in the top seven of every major statistical category in the league, including being second with 56 touchdowns and first overall in average points per game with 30.3.

The defense also had their way with teams by posting three shutouts within the first six weeks of play. Out scoring those opponents 102-0. The defense finished the season being no lower than 11th in any major statistical category.

The Redskins posted an outstanding plus 16 turnover ratio, and began the season 11-0 before losing to divisional rival Dallas Cowboys 24-21.

The only other lose was also to a divisional team in the Philadelphia Eagles in the last week of the season losing 24-22.

If you are keeping count--which you know I am--you would see that the Redskins only lost two games by a combined five points.

So the Redskins locked up the division and secured home turf for the playoffs.

First game was against the Atlanta Falcons--whom the Redskins defeated in week 11 of the regular season 56-17.

Falcons quarterback Chris Miller had a game high of 178 yards passing, but the Redskins Ricky Ervin led with a game high 104 yards rushing and the 'Skins won 24-7.

That makes a combined score for both games to be 80-24.

Next in the conference championship was the Detroit Lions.

The Redskins also faced the Lions in the regular season, meeting up with them in week one. The Redskins dominated and posted the first shutout of the season winning 45-0.

Once again the opposing team led the game in passing with Erik Kramer leading the way with 249 yards. This time it was Earnest Byner who got the most rushing yards on the day with 62.

The Redskins easily won 41-10, making the combined score of both games to be 96-10.

Up next it was Super Bowl 26 against the AFC Champion Buffalo Bills.

The Bills also had a great season finishing 58 touchdowns, 28.6 points per game, and a record of 13-3.

This was the second consecutive super bowl that the Bills made.

The Bills should have known they were in trouble when running back Thurman Thomas could not find his helmet and could not start the game.

Mid way through the first quarter, the Redskins offense drove down and scored the first touchdown of the game with a pass from Mark Rypien to Art Monk--or so it appeared. The officials over ruled the play saying the Monk's foot landed in bounds and the touchdown was taken off the board.

This was the first time a touchdown was revearsed in the super bowl.

The first quarter ended at a 0-0 tie.

Than the Redskins offense got going by scoring the game's first points with a 34-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller.

The Redskins stopped the Bills on a three and out, got the ball back at their own 49-yard line. It took only five plays before Earnest Byner caught a Mark Rypien pass from 10-yards out for a touchdown and 10-0 lead.

Gerald Riggs added on a 1-yard touchdown rush and the Redskins led goind into half 17-0.

After a Jim Kelly interception--his third of the day--Riggs punched the ball into the end-zone from 2-yards out to make it a 24-0 lead.

The Bills got on the bored with a field goal and a touchdown to cut the lead to 14.

The Redskins answered right back before the end of the third quarter with a touchdown reception by Ricky Clark, basically sealing the game with a 31-10 lead.

Chip Lohmiller would add on two more field goals and the Bills got two more touchdowns to make the score 37-24.

Mark Rypien earned MVP honors by tossing two touchdowns and having 292 yards passing.

After the 1992 season, Joe Gibbs retired and the Redskins fell down hill.

Since Super Bowl 26, the Redskins have only four playoff appearances with three playoff victories.

This was a great Redskins team that accomplished a lot. Quite possiable the best team to ever take the field in Washington's history.




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