The New York Giants and Washington Redskins own a storied rivalry that has often been dismissed in recent times due to some struggles in the Redskins’ organization, but this hasn’t always been the case.
History of Giants vs. Redskins Rivalry
This New York and Washington DC rivalry began in 1932 with the founding of the Boston Braves (who later became the Washington Braves and eventually the Washington Redskins in 1937) and is the oldest rivalry in their NFC East Division. One of the first significant games of this rivalry and one that really brought it to life was in 1939, when a Redskins field goal was called no good at the end of the game to allow the Giants to escape with a victory. The Redskins were furious, and one of the players actually punched Bill Haloran,the referee who made the call. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, these were the two teams to beat, and this period was seen by some as the most intense time of this rivalry. The 1980s were also a contentious time, with the Redskins under Joe Gibbs and the Giants under Bill Parcels. This rivalry is known for one of the most famous NFL plays, as Lawrence Taylor sacked Joe Theismann from his blind side and ended his career in 1985. It hasn’t always been a pretty rivalry by any means.
Head to Head Analysis of Giants vs. Redskins
The Giants and Redskins have met 174 total times since 1932, with the G-Men leading the series 101-69-4. The 70s and 80s are the only decades that the ‘Skins had a winning record against the Giants, and Washington had the winningest streak of this rivalry from 1971 to 1976 when they won 11 in a row. New York had an equally impressive run when they went 12-0-1 from 1958 to 1964, with the only non-win being a tie at Yankee Stadium in 1960. This rivalry owns the highest scoring game in NFL history from when the Redskins blew out the Giants in 1966 by a whopping score of 72-41. New York has scored 3,515 points in this rivalry, which beats the 3,065 total points for Washington. The Giants won the most recent game, and both teams are set up to play each other twice in 2019 as per usual.
A Glance at Postseason Success in Giants vs. Redskins
As far as this rivalry, they have split their two playoff meetings in lopsided scoring affairs. The Redskins won the first playoff contest in 1943 by a score of 28-0 just one week after losing to the Giants by 24 points. The Giants got their revenge by winning their most recent playoff matchup with a score of 17-0 in 1986. The New York Giants are a slightly older franchise, and they dominate the postseason hardware between these two teams. The New York Football Giants have appeared in the playoffs 32 times since 1933, as opposed to the Burgundy and Gold’s 24 appearances following their first in 1936. They have belonged to the same division since the Redskins’ inception, and the Giants have won their division 22 times versus the 14 times the Redskins have won the division championship. For the entire conference, New York has a double-digit championship total of 11 against only 5 for Washington. Last, but certainly not least, are the 4 Super Bowls and 4 NFL Championships the New York Giants own, whereas the Washington Redskins are behind with 3 Super Bowls and 2 NFL Championships in their long history.
Giants vs. Redskins Rivalry Outlook
When you look to the future of the NFL, the Giants have one of the most exciting future stars in RB Saquon Barkley, who just had a tremendous rookie season. New York also has some nice young pass catchers in WR Odell Beckham, WR Sterling Shepard, and TE Evan Engram. The Giants didn’t have a great defensive season, but they have some talent in guys like SS Landon Collins and DL Dalvin Tomlinson. I would say the Giants look more equipped for the future, but the Redskins are looking forward to some potential in RB’s Kapri Bibbs and Samaje Perine. They also have a trio of young receivers consisting of Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson, and Paul Richardson. The Washington defense is a bit younger and has some studs like DE Jonathan Allen, DL Daron Payne, and CB Fabian Moreau. I would anticipate them both to be looking for their quarterbacks of the future, but it looks like the Giants are going to continue to win this rivalry for the foreseeable future.