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Dec. 8, 1940 – Bears beat the Redskins, 73-0, in the 8th NFL Championship Game


The game was played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., and broadcasted on radio by Mutual Broadcasting System, the first NFL title game broadcast nationwide. The Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Redskins, 73–0, the most one-sided victory in NFL history.

The Redskins had beat the Bears 7–3 in a regular season game three weeks earlier. After the contest, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall told reporters that the Bears were “quitters” and “cry babies” when the going got tough. As the Bears prepared for the rematch, Chicago head coach George Halas fired up his team by showing them newspaper articles of Marshall’s comments.

Less than a minute into the game, the Bears’ running back Bill Osmanski ran 68 yards to score the first touchdown. After the Redskins narrowly missed an opportunity to tie the game, the Bears clamped down and began to dominate, leaving the field at halftime with a 28-0 lead. Things only got worse for the Redskins, and by the end of the second half officials were asking Halas not to let his team kick for extra points, as they were running out of footballs after too many had been kicked into the stands.

The Bears followed their history-making win with two more consecutive championships, including a game against the New York Giants just two weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Many great football players were subsequently drafted into World War II, and Halas himself would leave in 1942 for a tour of duty in the Pacific. In 1946, after the war ended, Halas and a number of former players returned to the team, and the Bears won their fourth NFL Championship in seven years.


Nov. 27, 1966 – The Redskins beat the Giants, 72-41, in the highest-scoring game in NFL history

When the Washington Redskins and New York Giants met in Washington late in the 1966 season, neither team was headed to the playoffs. Actually, far from it as the Giants (team record: 1-8-1) were on their way to the worst season in team history just three seasons after playing for the NFL title. The Redskins (team record: 5-6) were trying to reach .500 for the first time in a decade. What ensued on this late November afternoon was not necessarily one of the best played games in professional football history, but it was a contest filled with more big plays and scoring than any other game in the history of the league.

Led by quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and his three touchdown passes, Washington’s offense accounted for seven of the ten Redskins’ touchdowns while the defense and special teams scored the remaining three. It was a game where both teams set records with 16 touchdowns and 113 total points. The game was played before the introduction of nets behind the goal post causing the loss of fourteen footballs to the stands. Thirteen of the footballs were lost due to extra points, and one was lost by Brig Owens who threw the ball into the crowd after he returned a fumble 62 yards for a score.


“70 years ago today, Sammy Baugh played the greatest game an NFL player has played.” – Peter King

Sammy Baugh, 1943: The Greatest Season?
By Dan Daly

“That year, the bandy-legged Texan led the NFL in pass attempts, completions and percentage; in punting average; and in interceptions—made, not thrown. And 70 years ago today he had arguably the greatest single-game performance in football history.”

Oct. 12, 1992 – Art Monk set an NFL record with his 820th career reception

Art Monk finished his career with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns, along with 332 rushing yards. He was the first player in NFL history to record over 102 receptions in a season and over 900 receptions in a career. His most noteworthy NFL accomplishment was his record for career receptions (940), which was broken by Jerry Rice in the final week of the 1995 during Monk’s last season in the league. Monk became the league’s all-time leading receiver in a Monday Night game against Denver on October 12, 1992, with his 820th reception, passing former Sehawk Steve Largent.. However, later that year Monk lost his all-time single season reception record to Sterling Sharpe, who finished with 108. He was the first to eclipse 900 receptions and retired with the most consecutive games with a catch (183). He was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. Monk also became the first player in the league to record a touchdown reception in 15 consecutive seasons as well was the first player ever to record at least 35 receptions in 15 consecutive seasons. Through the course of his 14 years with the Washington Redskins, Monk converted nearly two-thirds of his 888 catches into first downs.

Feb. 13, 1937 – The NFL’s Boston Redskins moved to Washington

The 1937 Washington Redskins season was the team’s first in Washington, D.C. They began with the team trying to improve on their 7–5 record from 1936. They would end the season by winning the 1937-38 NFL Championship game against the Chicago Bears, 28–21.

The Boston Redskins had won the Eastern Division title the previous season, but had poor attendance, prompting the team to move south. The Redskins drafted rookie quarterback Sammy Baugh from TCU before the 1937 season. Baugh led the league in passing with a then-record 81 pass completions, and Redskins halfback Cliff Battles led the NFL in rushing with 874 yards.