Divisional Playoff Game
Candlestick Park - The Redskins appeared to be dead in the water, trailing the 49ers 17-3 at halftime. Even after Washington got three points back to make it an 11-point game, it appeared that San Francisco was still too much for the defending champs.
Suddenly, though, the Skins were given an opportunity to get back into the contest with a San Francisco turnover. Late in the third quarter, Steve Young fumbled and Washington recovered at the San Francisco 15. Moments later, Mark Rypien snuck over from the one and the Redskins had life at 17-13.
After a 49er punt, the Redskins were driving to take the lead, moving to a first down at the San Francisco 23. The comeback attempt ended right there, however, when Rypien and Brian Mitchell botched a handoff and the 49ers recovered the loose ball. San Francisco took seven minutes off the clock during the subsequent drive, resulting in a field goal that dethroned the reigning Super Bowl champs.
(Note: This would be Joe Gibbs last game as coach of the Redskins. Citing health reasons and a desire to be with his family more, Gibbs announced his retirement three months later.)