|1987 Washington Redskins season|
|Head coach||Joe Gibbs|
|Home field||RFK Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Bears) 21-17|
Won NFC Championship (Vikings) 17-10
Won Super Bowl XXII (Broncos) 42-10
The team had finished second in the NFC East the previous season with an 11-4 record. Games to be played during the third week of the season were canceled, and replacement players were used to play games from weeks 4 through 6.
The Redskins won the NFC East with an 11-4 record. The Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos 42-10 to win Super Bowl XXII. It was the Redskins' second Super Bowl win in six seasons, and coincidentally, their second Super Bowl win in a strike-season.
Redskins quarterback Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to start in a Super Bowl and was the only individual to have emerged victorious until Russell Wilson won Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seattle Seahawks.
By virtue of the Redskins' 17-10 victory over Minnesota in the NFC title game, head coach Joe Gibbs earned his 10th playoff victory. He surpassed the legendary Vince Lombardi, who had retired after his 9th playoff victory and (coincidentally) later coached the Redskins for one season. Also ironic was the rumor that, following a disastrous 5-10 season, Green Bay would hire Gibbs to replace the dismissed Forrest Gregg. However, after the game, Gibbs would deny that he was interested.
On March 8, 2018 the Redskins announced that they will honor the replacement players from the 1987 team with Super Bowl XXII rings.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Redskins points||Opponents||Record||Game site||Attendance||Game Time||Local TV|
|1||August 14, 1987 (Fri)||Pittsburgh Steelers||Win||23||17||RFK Stadium||52,266|
|2||August 22, 1987 (Sat)||vs Green Bay Packers||Win||33||0||Camp Randall Stadium||64,798|
|3||August 29, 1987 (Sat)||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Loss||10||17||Tampa Stadium||63,845|
|4||September 5, 1987 (Sat)||@ Los Angeles Rams||Win||26||14||Anaheim Stadium||51,133|
In 1987, Redskins starting QB Jay Schroeder got injured early in the opening game against the Eagles and was replaced by Williams, who led the team to victory. In his NFL debut, replacement player Ed Rubbert passed for 334 yards. Rubbert also threw three touchdown passes to Anthony Allen. Allen would have 255 receiving yards.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Game site||Game time||TV||Record||Attendance||Report|
|1||September 13, 1987||Philadelphia Eagles||W 34-24||RFK Stadium||1:00et||CBS||1-0|||
|2||September 20, 1987||at Atlanta Falcons||L 20-21||Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium||1:00et||CBS||1-1|||
|-||September 27, 1987||New England Patriots||Canceled||RFK Stadium||1:00et||NBC||1-1|
|4||October 4, 1987||St. Louis Cardinals||W 28-21||RFK Stadium||1:00et||CBS||2-1|||
|5||October 11, 1987||at New York Giants||W 38-12||Giants Stadium||4:00et||CBS||3-1|||
|6||October 19, 1987||at Dallas Cowboys||W 13-7||Texas Stadium||9:00et||ABC||4-1|||
|7||October 25, 1987||New York Jets||W 17-16||RFK Stadium||1:00et||NBC||5-1|||
|8||November 1, 1987||at Buffalo Bills||W 27-7||Rich Stadium||1:00et||CBS||6-1|||
|9||November 8, 1987||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 27-31||Veterans Stadium||1:00et||CBS||6-2|||
|10||November 15, 1987||Detroit Lions||W 20-13||RFK Stadium||1:00et||CBS||7-2|||
|11||November 23, 1987||Los Angeles Rams||L 26-30||RFK Stadium||9:00et||ABC||7-3|||
|12||November 29, 1987||New York Giants||W 23-19||RFK Stadium||4:00et||CBS||8-3|||
|13||December 6, 1987||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 34-17||Busch Memorial Stadium||1:00et||CBS||9-3|||
|14||December 13, 1987||Dallas Cowboys||W 24-20||RFK Stadium||1:00et||CBS||10-3|||
|15||December 20, 1987||at Miami Dolphins||L 21-23||Joe Robbie Stadium||8:00et||ESPN[b]||10-4|||
|16||December 26, 1987||at Minnesota Vikings||W 27-24 (OT)||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||4:00et||CBS||11-4|||
|St. Louis Cardinals||7||8||0||.467||3-5||7-7||362||368||L1|
|New York Giants||6||9||0||.400||3-5||4-8||280||312||W2|
|Round||Date||Opponent||Result||Redskins points||Opponents||Game site||Attendance||Game Time||Network TV||National Radio||Report|
|NFC Wild Card Playoffs||Bye week|
|NFC Divisional Playoffs||January 10, 1988||at Chicago Bears||Win||21||17||Soldier Field||12:30 PM||CBS||CBS|||
|NFC Championship||January 17, 1988||Minnesota Vikings||Win||17||10||RFK Stadium||12:30 PM||CBS||CBS|||
|Super Bowl XXII||January 31, 1988||N Denver Broncos||Win||42||10||Jack Murphy Stadium||6:00 PM||ABC||CBS|||