Flukiest play of the '09 season - picture courtesy of usatoday.com

The Giants should be happy the Redskins beat them

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Since 2000, the Redskins haven’t done a whole lot of winning, but for other NFL teams, losing to the Redskins has happened a lot on the road to the Super Bowl. In 2000, the Redskins finished with a very mediocre 8-8 record, and fired head coach Norv Turner. Two of those eight wins were against the Ravens and Giants, who battled it out in the Super Bowl just a few weeks later. In 2003, the New England Patriots came to Fed Ex Field for a hard fought battle with the Steve Spurrier-led Redskins. The Patriots lost that close game, but won 21 consecutive games after, including beating Carolina in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The Redskins took out the ’05 Seahawks, the ’07 Giants, and the ’08 Cardinals, who all wound up as Wild Card teams, and scrapped their way into the Super Bowl. In 2009, the New Orleans Saints came to Washington undefeated. The Skins should have, and without a couple of really flukey plays, would have won, so I’m including them on this list. In that game, the Redskins missed a field goal that would’ve given them a 10-point lead with less than two minutes in the game. The Saints got the ball back, and scored the tying touchdown with just a few seconds left on the clock. In overtime, Jason Campbell threw one of his infamous “worst possible time” interceptions, and the Saints won on a field goal. The 2010 Packers took a game at Fed Ex Field to overtime also, but lost after a LaRon Landry interception set up the Redskins’ game-winning field goal. This year, the only team in the playoffs who lost to the Redskins is the New York Giants. Seven teams, without counting the 2009 Saints, have made it to the Super Bowl in the last eleven seasons after losing to Washington. Four have won it. You’re welcome New York.

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