Did the Redskins give Romney an advantage?

In 17 of the past 18 elections, the outcome of the final Washington Redskins home game determined the winner of the presidential election.

Was Tuesday’s presidential election actually determined on the gridiron Sunday?

In an odd correlation between sports and politics, the outcome of the Washington Redskins’ final home game before an election has matched up with who won the election in 17 of the past 18 elections. An odd phenomenon is known as the “Redskins Rule.”

If the Redskins win the game, the incumbent president or party wins the election. If they lose, the challenger has won.

On Sunday, the Redskins suffered a 21-13 loss at home to the Carolina Panthers. If you believe the “Redskins Rule,” that means Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be sworn in this January.

Since 1940, the only exception to the rule was in 2004 when George W. Bush defeated John Kerry after a Redskins loss.