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Conference Championships A Reminder Of Redskins’ Potential For Success

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

The two conference championship games are set, with the New York Giants heading to San Francisco to fight for the NFC title and New England hosting Baltimore in the AFC title game.

It’s worth noting the Washington Redskins went 2-2 in four games against conference title contenders, beating the Giants 28-14 on Sept. 11 and 23-10 on Dec. 18 while losing to San Francisco 19-11 on Nov. 6 and New England 34-27 on Dec. 4.

Both the 49ers and Patriots games were winnable. The Redskins had a chance to tie New England in the closing seconds, if it weren’t for a bobbled reception by Santana Moss that was grabbed by Jerod Mayo. That still means Washington outscored the contenders 89-77 in the four meetings.

Though the team hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2007 season, the Redskins do have experience against former Super Bowl champions. A year ago, when Green Bay beat Pittsburgh to win Super Bowl XLV, the Redskins beat the Packers 16-13 in overtime.

They lost to New Orleans and Pittsburgh in each of the previous two years and split the two meetings with the Giants in 2008 when New York knocked off the Patriots to win Super Bowl XLII.

Washington last played for the championship on Jan. 26, 1992, when it defeated Buffalo 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI.