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Redskins Legacy: Monday Night Week 1 Win Keyed Super Bowl Run


Monday’s game against the Eagles marks the 10th time the Redskins are kicking off a season under the lights on Monday night.

They’ve won twice before, 35-16 over the Cowboys in 1993 and 24-21 over the Vikings in 1972. The win against Dallas was a tease in a forgettable 4-12 season, but beating Minnesota set the tone for a year when the Redskins ended up playing in their first Super Bowl.

Monday night football, in its third season by 1972, was already a national spectacle. The new and bold form of TV entertainment, which then aired on ABC, featured the loquacious and controversial Howard Cosell, jokester “Dandy” Don Meredith and monotone-speaking Frank Gifford in the booth.