One shouldn’t ask questions like that in polite company, of course, but despite any cringing about the unsavory reference (and even without the help of a hashtag) the name stuck. Nine Redskins left the game with injuries, including then-starting quarterback Jeff Rutledge, then his backup Stan Humphries. With one quarterback injured and another inactive, the Redskins had to throw a rookie return man named Brian Mitchell in at quarterback to finish the game. Mitchell completed 3 of 6 passes in that game. He threw 12 more passes in his 14-year career.
The Eagles and Redskins had played once already that season, a 13-7 Redskins win. Philadelphia coach Buddy Ryan promised a bruising rematch, and the Eagles defense backed him up. Tackle Eric Williams said he’d never seen anything like it. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said his team had “serious problems” after suffering all the injuries. After all the crunching hits and relentless physicality, Washington lost, 28-14, but did not lose their way: Both the Redskins and Eagles finished that year winning five of their final seven games to set up a rematch in the wild-card playoff game. Publicly determined to avenge the painful loss, Washington handled the Eagles 20-6 in that game before losing to the San Francisco 49ers to end their season. The Redskins would go on to win the Super Bowl the next season.
The Body Bag Game led to a rule change after the 1990 season. Left to put a non-quarterback under center or forfeit when both dressed quarterbacks left the game with injury, the Redskins had to finish the game with Mitchell there. To prevent teams from encountering a similar issue, the league instituted a “third quarterback rule” before the 1991 season. That rule, deceptively named, allowed teams to dress a third quarterback for games without having that man count against the 45 players they were allowed pn the active roster for each game. That rule fell away when the size of the active roster increased in 2011.