The rule has been accurate in 17 of the last 18 presidential elections, since the Redskins began playing in Washington. The rule was broken however, when Washington lost its last home game in 2004 but President George W. Bush went on to win the election anyway.

Steve Hirdt, executive vice-president of Elias Sports Bureau, said that a slightly altered version of the rule still held true because Al GoreAl GoreObamas sign with agency for speaking gigs Pence to attend Super Bowl: report The war against science MORE won the popular vote in 2000.

Now it’s up to Romney to uphold the “Redskins rule” with a victory — although he could lose in the Electoral College and win the popular vote and still keep the modified streak alive.