Steelers-Redskins: The Most Important Game In U.S. History

Jon S.Contributor INovember 3, 2008


In tonight's Monday Night football game, the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) travel to Washington to take on the Redskins (6-2). While this game is important for both teams in keeping up with the division lead, it counts most in the U.S. election.

The outcome of Washington Redskins home football games have correctly predicted the winner in 18 of the past 19 U.S. presidential elections.

When the Redskins have won their final home game prior to the election, the current political party has held the White House. If the Redskins lost, the opposing party would take over the White House.

The one exception came in 2004, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Redskins, when John Kerry went on to lose to President Bush.

October 30, 2000:

Washington Redskins lose to the Tennessee Titans 27-21.

Outcome: Republican Governor George W. Bush beat out Democratic nominee Al Gore to take control of the White House.

October 27, 1996:

Washington Redskins beat Indianapolis Colts 31-16.

Outcome: Democratic President Bill Clinton won re-election over Republican Senator Bob Dole.

November 1, 1992:

Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants 24-7.

Outcome: Republican President George Bush lost his re-election to Governor Bill Clinton.

November 6, 1988:

Washington Redskins beat New Orleans Saints 27-24.

Outcome: After Ronald Reagan completed his two-year term, Vice-President George Bush took office against Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis.

November 5, 1984:

Washington Redskins beat Atlanta Falcons 27-14.

Outcome: President Ronald Reagan defeated Democratic challenger Senator Walter Mondale.

November 2, 1980:

Washington Redskins lose to Minnesota Vikings 39-14.

Outcome: President Jimmy Carter lost his re-election to Republican Ronald Reagan.

October 31, 1976:

Washington Redskins lose to Dallas Cowboys 20-7.

Outcome: Jimmy Carter dethroned Republican President Gerald Ford.

October 22, 1972:

Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 24-20.

Outcome: President Nixon won re-election against Democrat George McGovern.


From 1936 to 1968, this trend continues.

While tonight's game will provide a tough defensive match up on the field, the Republican party will be playing defense off the field.

Washington Redskins win, John McCain wins.

Pittsburgh Steelers win, Barak O'bama wins.