I didn’t hear this myself, but a colleague told me that a local radio personality was wondering Monday morning whether Sunday’s announced crowd of 74,121 was one of the lowest in FedEx Field history.
Since I couldn’t exactly remember, I checked. And it wasn’t close.
Turns out that Sunday’s crowd was just the sixth-lowest of the Daniel Snyder Era. It was, of course, the 80 millionth consecutive sellout.
Here are the five home games under Snyder’s ownership with lower attendance. Each game came later in the season than Sunday’s game with the Jets. Still, Washington currently ranks fourth in the NFL in home attendance, with an average of 78,195.
Jan. 6, 2002, vs. Arizona. The crowd was 61,721, in the 16th game of the season.
Dec. 24, 2000, vs. Arizona. The crowd was 65,711, in the 16th game of the season.
Dec. 12, 2010, vs. Tampa. The crowd was 66,124, in the 13th game of the season.
Dec. 14, 2003, vs. Dallas. The crowd was 70,284, in the 14th game of the season.
Dec. 22, 2002, vs. Houston. The crowd was 70,291, in the 15th game of the season.