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The Body Bag Game
1 2 3 4 Total
WAS 0 7 0 7 14
PHI 7 0 21 0 28
Date 1990-11-12
Stadium Veterans Stadium
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referee Jerry Markbreit
Network ABC
Announcers Al Michaels, Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf

The Body Bag Game was a Monday Night Football game that was played on November 12, 1990. During this game, eight Redskins were injured, including starting quarterback Jeff Rutledge and backup Stan Humphries. The Redskins had to end the game with rookie running back/kick returner Brian Mitchell at quarterback.

One of the most fondly remembered Redskins-Eagles games ever, at least by Eagles fans, was avenged by Washington in the playoffs.

Following the Body Bag Game game the Eagles would go on to win five of their last seven under Randall Cunningham, finish the season 10-6 and earn a wild card playoff berth, the fourth seed in the tough NFC.

The Redskins meanwhile also would win five of their last seven to finish the season 10-6, losing the number four seed spot to the Eagles.


The Rematch later that year

The teams would meet in Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium for a Body Bag rematch.

The Eagles led 6-0 after the first half with two Roger Ruzek field goals. But after that Washington would allow no more points. Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien threw two touchdowns and Chip Lohmiller kicked two field goals. Things were going so poorly that Buddy Ryan benched Cunningham for one series in the third quarter in favor of Jim McMahon who threw three straight incomplete passes.

The final score was 20-6 Redskins.


Three days later Buddy Ryan was fired. Owner Norman Braman, estranged from the coach he had hired, promoted offensive coordinator Rich Kotite to head coach. Over the coming seasons the core of this Eagles team would move on.

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