1986 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record12–4
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Rams) 19–7
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 27–13
Lost NFC Championship (at Giants) 0–17

The 1986 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 55th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 51st in Washington, D.C. The team improved on their 10–6 record from 1985 and returned to the playoffs after missing them the previous year, finishing with a 12–4 record, a second place finish in the NFC East, and qualified for the playoffs as a wild card. They defeated the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Game at RFK Stadium, then upset the defending champion Chicago Bears in the Divisional Playoffs. The season came to an end in the NFC Championship Game when the Redskins were defeated by their division rivals, the New York Giants.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Roster

1986 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

(({reserve_lists))}


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 September 7 Philadelphia Eagles W 41–14 1–0 RFK Stadium 53,982 Recap
2 September 14 Los Angeles Raiders W 10–6 2–0 RFK Stadium 55,235 Recap
3 September 21 at San Diego Chargers W 30–27 3–0 Jack Murphy Stadium 57,853 Recap
4 September 28 Seattle Seahawks W 19–14 4–0 RFK Stadium 54,157 Recap
5 October 5 at New Orleans Saints W 14–6 5–0 Louisiana Superdome 57,378 Recap
6 October 12 at Dallas Cowboys L 6–30 5–1 Texas Stadium 63,264 Recap
7 October 19 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–21 6–1 RFK Stadium 53,494 Recap
8 October 27 at New York Giants L 20–27 6–2 Giants Stadium 75,923 Recap
9 November 2 Minnesota Vikings W 44–38 (OT) 7–2 RFK Stadium 51,928 Recap
10 November 9 at Green Bay Packers W 16–7 8–2 Lambeau Field 47,728 Recap
11 November 17 San Francisco 49ers W 14–6 9–2 RFK Stadium 54,774 Recap
12 November 23 Dallas Cowboys W 41–14 10–2 RFK Stadium 55,642 Recap
13 November 30 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–17 11–2 Busch Memorial Stadium 35,637 Recap
14 December 7 New York Giants L 14–24 11–3 RFK Stadium 55,642 Recap
15 December 13 at Denver Broncos L 30–31 11–4 Mile High Stadium 75,905 Recap
16 December 21 at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–14 12–4 Veterans Stadium 61,816 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Season summary

Week 1 vs Eagles

See also: 1986 Philadelphia Eagles season and Eagles–Redskins rivalry

Week One: Philadelphia Eagles (0–0) at Washington Redskins (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 7 0014
Redskins 3 17 14741

at RFK StadiumWashington, D.C.

Game information

Week 4: vs Seattle Seahawks

Week Four: Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Seahawks 7 0 0714
Redskins 6 3 7319

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

  • Date: September 28
  • Game time: 1:00 pm local
  • Game weather: cloudy, 67 °F (19 °C), 90% humidity, wind SE 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
  • Game attendance: 54,157
  • Referee: Pat Haggerty
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefalo
  • Gamebook
Game information

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants(1) 14 2 0 .875 7–1 11–1 371 236 W9
Washington Redskins(4) 12 4 0 .750 5–3 9–3 368 296 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 9 0 .438 5–3 6–6 346 337 L5
Philadelphia Eagles 5 10 1 .344 1–6–1 3–8–1 256 312 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 11 1 .281 1–6–1 3–10–1 218 351 W1

Playoffs

Schedule

Round Date Opponent (seed) Result Venue Attendance Game
recap
Wild Card December 28 Los Angeles Rams (5) W 19–7 RFK Stadium 54,180 Recap
Divisional January 3, 1987 at Chicago Bears (2) W 27–13 Soldier Field 65,141 Recap
NFC Championship January 11, 1987 at New York Giants (1) L 0–17 Giants Stadium 76,633 Recap

NFC Wild Card Game

Washington Redskins 19, Los Angeles Rams 7
1 2 34Total
Rams 0 0 077
Redskins 10 3 3319

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

NFC Divisional Playoff

Washington Redskins 27, Chicago Bears 13
1 2 34Total
Redskins 7 0 71327
Bears 0 13 0013

at Soldier Field, Chicago

In knocking off the defending Super Bowl champion Bears, the Redskins scored their first road playoff win under Joe Gibbs. It would not be the Gibbs-led Redskins' last road playoff win, though, as they scored wins in 1988 at Chicago, in 1990 at Philadelphia, in 1992 at Minnesota, and in 2005 at Tampa.

NFC Championship Game

New York Giants 17, Washington Redskins 0
1 2 34Total
Redskins 0 0 000
Giants 10 7 0017

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

References