Established in 1932, the Washington Commanders are an iconic professional football franchise in the NFL. Popularly known as the Commanders , the team has won five League Championships, including three Super Bowl Championships. The Commanders have changed the way American football is played. This team of football legends such as Sammy Baugh, Darrell Green, John Riggins and countless other Hall of Famers was the first to have a fight song.
Hail to the Commanders is the second official anthem in the nation’s capital. The Washington Commanders were also the first football team to have its own official marching band.
In addition to winning five League Championships, the Commanders have also won five Conference Championships and fourteen Division Championships with the last NFC East Championship coming in 2015.
Washington is entering this season with their sights set on bringing a Super Bowl trophy back home. Led by a young and talented offense, the Commanders are ready to regain the NFC East crown. Division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants will look to foil their plans.
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Memorable Moments from Washington Commanders History –
One of the most storied franchise’s in the NFL, the Washington Commanders have made a number of historic plays since 1932.
The Unstoppable John Riggins & Super Bowl XVII – John Riggins’43-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter on fourth-and-one became the single defining moment in Commanders history. The Commanders were playing in their second Super Bowl against the same team, which had earlier denied them their first Super Bowl, the Miami Dolphins. Super Bowl XVII was played on January 30, 1983, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Riggins gave Washington the lead that they would never relinquish, winning the Super Bowl 27-17. Riggins was named MVP for Super Bowl XVII.
Another Year, Another Super Bowl – At the end of the 1987-88 regular season, the Commanders found themselves playing in their fourth Super Bowl. Super Bowl XXII was played on January 31, 1988, at the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. They were facing AFC Champions, the Denver Broncos. John Elway and his Broncos were the favorites to win this Super Bowl for a variety of reasons, one of which was no team with an African-American QB had won the Super Bowl as yet. However, the Commanders QB Doug Williams was to change history. At the end of the game, Williams would not only become the first African American QB to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but was also named MVP of the year. He threw 4 TDs with one interception only and had the total of 340 passing yards. The Commanders trounced the Broncos 42-10.
Washington Commanders Archrivals –
The Commanders rivalries are essentially intra-divisional, where the Cowboys-Commanders rivalry is the most noted. The Commanders rivalries with the Giants and the Eagles have also produced some interesting moments on the field.
Dallas Cowboys – The Commanders and the Cowboys are fierce rivals in the NFC East. The rivalry began as soon as the Cowboys were placed in the same division as the Commanders. Dallas and Washington together have won ten championships, including eight Super Bowls. The drive to beat the other team to qualify for the playoffs is what keeps the rivalry going. In 2016, the two met each other on Thanksgiving Day, which was the most-watched regular-season game in Fox Television’s history.
Philadelphia Eagles – In addition to being an intra-divisional rivalry, the Eagles-Commanders rivalry also exists due to close proximity of Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. This rivalry goes back to 1934 when the Commanders were based in Boston. One of the most heated rivalries in the league, the Eagles and the Commanders have played 165 games against each other with the Commanders winning 85 and losing 74 games.
The Body Bag Game – Played on November 12, 1990, at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, this game would have been another Monday Night game between the two rivals, had Philadelphia not sent nine Washington Commanders players back to the locker room with injuries.
The Greatest Commanders Ever –
Since 1932, the Commanders have had many ups and downs, but there is one thing that has remained consistent throughout – the quality of their plays on field. With 24 Pro Football Hall of Famers, the Washington Commanders are one of the most celebrated franchises in NFL history.
Darrell Green – Green is the longest tenured Redskin of all time. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Green was one of the best cornerbacks ever to play in the NFL.
Sammy Baugh – Baugh was not only one of the best QBs of his time, but also helped changed the way football is played, especially the passing game. He practically invented the forward pass.
John Riggins – Known as The Diesel, Riggins was one of the best running backs ever. His 43 yard run in Super Bowl XVII became the single most defining moment in Commanders history.
Washington Commanders Live Games –
The Washington Commanders finished twelfth in their division during the 2017-18 NFL season. They finished 7-9, which subsequently wasn’t enough to help them make it to the playoffs. However, with some of the best NFL players on the roster like Trent Williams, Josh Norman, Jordan Reed and Kirk Cousins, the Commanders are all set to kick off another winning season at their home the FedExField.
This 79,000 seat stadium provides fans with a great environment to cheer on their favorite team. The Bud Light Party Pavilion opens three hours prior to kickoff and has musical entertainment, food, and beverage concessions for fans to enjoy before heading to their seats. FedEx Field also provides fans with a up close viewing experience with their "Dream Seats" that place you right above the sideline benches.
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