The Redskins, Capitals and Wizards combined to make a bit of history on Saturday when they all won on the same day — for the first time in 32 years. The Redskins’ win was by far the most meaningful — an NFC East-clinching 38-24 triumph against the Eagles — but the exceedingly rare D.C. Sports Trifecta was a group effort.
The Wizards/Bullets began the trifecta with their fourth straight victory, a 111-96 win at Brooklyn. The Wizards/Bullets were 4-16 the previous 20 times they played on the same day as the Redskins and Capitals.
The Capitals continued their best start in franchise history with a 3-1 win at Verizon Center over the Eastern Conference’s second-best team, the Canadiens.
The Redskins finished the job on a special Saturday night edition of “Thursday Night Football,” which makes about as much sense as D.C. sports fans having three wins to celebrate in one day. Happy New Year!
As an added bonus for some local fans, Virginia Tech defeated Tulsa, 55-52, in the Independence Bowl, making a winner of legendary coach Frank Beamer in his final career game. Boomer Esiason and Maryland lost the Citrus Bowl to Tennessee on the day of the last Redskins-Capitals-Wizards trifecta.