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Rewarding Moments In Washington History: Washington Dominates Rams In Playoffs

Nick Giaquinto (30) of the Washington Redskins attempts to elude Los Angeles Rams punter John Misko (6) on a runback in the second quarter game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 1983 in Washington. Giaquinto's 48-yard scamper set up a second John Riggins touchdown. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
Nick Giaquinto (30) of the Washington Redskins attempts to elude Los Angeles Rams punter John Misko (6) on a runback in the second quarter game on Sunday, Jan. 2, 1983 in Washington. Giaquinto's 48-yard scamper set up a second John Riggins touchdown. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)

In today's Rewarding Moments In Washington History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back to when the Washington Football Team won by a landslide against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round in 1984.

It was Jan. 1, 1984, and the Washington Football Team was back at RFK Stadium for another NFC playoff battle. This time, Washington faced the Los Angeles Rams.

Washington immediately asserted its dominance by jumping out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter. Running back John Riggins opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown, followed by a 40-yard touchdown pass from Joe Theismann to Art Monk and a 42-yard field goal from Mark Moseley.

Theismann and Monk had a strong connection the whole game. Later in the half, the duo connected for another touchdown as Theismann threw a 21-yard pass to Monk. By halftime, Washington had a commanding 38-7 lead over the Rams.

Washington's renowned offensive line, also known as "The Hogs," was the reason why the offense was able to run up the score on its postseason opponent. Riggins rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns, while Theismann completed 18 of his 23 passes for 302 yards and two scores without being sacked.

In the end, more than 55,000 people watched in awe as head coach Joe Gibbs' squad dominated en route to making its second straight appearance in the NFC Championship Game.

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