Both the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins last appeared in a National Football Conference Championship title game in 1991. Thus, the longest NFC Championship droughts are held by these teams; their absences from playing in a title game each cover a period totaling 24 seasons.

The Washington Redskins have played in six NFC Championship games, winning two of them. With their last win in 1991, the Redskins crushed the Lions, 41–10. Then, the Redskins proceeded to their biggest win by defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37–24, on January 26, 1992, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 1991 Detroit Lions season saw the team finish 12–4, win the NFC Central Division, and appear in the playoffs for the first time since 1983. It stands as the team's best season since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. The Lions finished the regular season undefeated in the Pontiac Silverdome, including playoffs. But, the 1991 Lions' season finally ended the way it started, with a championship playoff loss to the Redskins at RFK Stadium.

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