Super Bowl XVIII

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Super Bowl XVIII
Super Bowl XVIII.svg
1234Total
WAS03609
LA71414338
DateJanuary 22, 1984 (1984-01-22)
Stadium Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
MVP Marcus Allen, running back
FavoriteRedskins by 3 [1] [2]
Referee Gene Barth
Attendance72,920 [3]
Current/Future Hall of Famers
Redskins: Bobby Beathard (general manager), Joe Gibbs (head coach), Darrell Green, Russ Grimm, Art Monk, John Riggins
Raiders: Al Davis (owner/general manager), Ron Wolfǂ (scout), Tom Flores (head coach), Marcus Allen, Ray Guy, Mike Haynes, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, Willie Brown‡ (assistant coach)
‡ elected as a player
ǂ elected as a general manager
Ceremonies
National anthem Barry Manilow
Coin toss Bronko Nagurski
Halftime show "Salute to Superstars of the Silver Screen"
TV in the United States
Network CBS
Announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden
Nielsen ratings 46.4
(an estimated 77.62 million viewers) [4]
Market share71
Cost of 30-second commercial$368,000
Radio in the United States
Network CBS Radio
Announcers Jack Buck and Hank Stram

Super Bowl XVIII was an American football game played on January 22, 1984, at Tampa Stadium between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion and defending Super Bowl XVII champion Washington Redskins and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Los Angeles Raiders to determine the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1983 season. The Raiders defeated the Redskins, 38–9. The Raiders' 38 points scored and 29-point margin of victory broke Super Bowl records; it remains the most points scored by an AFC team in a Super Bowl. This was the first time the city of Tampa hosted the Super Bowl and was the AFC's last Super Bowl win until Super Bowl XXXII, won by the Denver Broncos. As of 2021 it is the only Super Bowl won by a Los Angeles-based NFL team.

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The Redskins entered the game as the defending Super Bowl XVII champions, and finished the 1983 regular season with a league-best 14–2 record, and led the league in fewest rushing yards allowed, and set a then-NFL record in scoring with 541 points. The Raiders posted a 12-4 regular-season record in 1983, their second in Los Angeles, having moved there from Oakland in May 1982.

As the favored team, the Redskins' 38–9 defeat at the hands of the black-jerseyed Raiders led Super Bowl XVIII to be known as "Black Sunday." The Raiders outgained the Redskins in total yards, 385 to 283. Los Angeles built a 21–3 halftime lead, aided by touchdowns on Derrick Jensen's blocked punt recovery, and Jack Squirek's 5-yard interception return on a screen pass with seven seconds left in the first half. Raiders running back Marcus Allen, who became the third Heisman Trophy winner to be named the Super Bowl MVP, carried the ball 20 times for a then-record total of 191 yards and two touchdowns, including a then-record 74-yard run in the third quarter. He also caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

The telecast of the game on CBS was seen by an estimated 77.62 million viewers. [4] The broadcast was notable for airing the famous "1984" television commercial, introducing the Apple Macintosh. The NFL highlight film of this game was the final voiceover work for famous NFL narrator John Facenda.

Background

NFL owners voted to award Super Bowl XVIII to Tampa on June 3, 1981, at a league meeting held in Detroit. This was the first time Tampa hosted the game, making it the first Super Bowl to be played in Florida in a city other than Miami.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins entered the game appearing to be even better than the previous season when they defeated the Miami Dolphins 27–17 in Super Bowl XVII. The Redskins finished the regular season with a 14–2 record, the best in the NFL, and their two losses were only by one point each. In addition, the Redskins set new NFL records with 541 points (since broken by the 1998 Minnesota Vikings, the 2007 and 2012 New England Patriots, 2011 Green Bay Packers, and 2013 Denver Broncos), and also had a turnover margin of +43 and the top-ranked run defense.

The Redskins had a number of efficient offensive weapons. Quarterback Joe Theismann won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award for being the second rated passer in the league behind Steve Bartkowski, completing 276 out of 459 (60.1 percent) of his passes for 3,714 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions. He rushed for 234 yards and another touchdown. Washington's main deep threats were wide receivers Charlie Brown (78 receptions, 1,225 yards, and 8 touchdowns) and Art Monk (47 receptions, 746 yards, and 5 touchdowns), with the latter fully healthy after the previous year's injury that caused him to miss the entire postseason. Wide receiver Alvin Garrett, who replaced Monk during that time, emerged as a significant contributor by catching 25 passes for 332 yards. Fullback John Riggins once again was the team's top rusher with 1,347 yards, and set a then-NFL record by scoring the most rushing touchdowns in a season (24). Multi-talented running back Joe Washington recorded 772 rushing yards, while catching 47 passes for 454 yards and 6 touchdowns. Kicker Mark Moseley led the NFL in scoring with 161 points, while Riggins ranked second with 144, making them the first teammates to finish a season as the NFL's top two scorers since 1951. Washington's powerful offensive line, "The Hogs", were led by two Pro Bowlers, guard Russ Grimm and tackle Joe Jacoby.

The Redskins' defense led the league in fewest rushing yards allowed (1,289). Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dave Butz recorded 11.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. On the other side of the line, defensive end Dexter Manley recorded 11 sacks and an interception. Defensive back Mark Murphy led the NFL with 9 interceptions, while the other starters in the secondary, Vernon Dean, Anthony Washington and Ken Coffey, along with rookie cornerback Darrell Green, combined for 13 interceptions. Washington, Coffey and Green filled the void left by the season-long suspension of safety Tony Peters and the season-long holdout by cornerback Jeris White.

Los Angeles Raiders

Marcus Allen rushes in Super Bowl XVIII. 1986 Jeno's Pizza - 52 - Marcus Allen (Marcus Allen crop).jpg
Marcus Allen rushes in Super Bowl XVIII.

The Raiders made it to their fourth Super Bowl in team history after posting a 12–4 regular-season record. Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett completed 230 out of 379 (60.7 percent) passes resulting in 2,935 yards and 20 touchdowns. His favorite target was tight end Todd Christensen, who led the NFL with 92 receptions for 1,247 yards and 12 touchdowns. Wide receivers Cliff Branch and Malcolm Barnwell combined for 74 receptions, 1,209 yards, and 6 touchdowns. But the largest impact on offense was running back Marcus Allen. In just his second NFL season, Allen led the team in rushing yards (1,014) and total yards from scrimmage (1,604), while ranking second on the team in receptions (68) and touchdowns (11). But Allen was not the only key running back on the team. Kenny King and Frank Hawkins combined for 1,119 total rushing and receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns. Los Angeles also had a powerful special teams attack led by Greg Pruitt, who led the NFL in punt returns (58), and punt return yards (666), while adding another 604 yards returning kickoffs and rushing for 154 yards and two scores.

On defense, their three-man front was led by Pro Bowl defensive linemen Howie Long (13 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries) and Lyle Alzado, who had 7 sacks, along with rookie Greg Townsend, who recorded 10.5 sacks and a 66-yard fumble return touchdown. The linebacking corps was led by Pro Bowlers Rod Martin and Matt Millen, along with 15-year veteran Ted Hendricks. Martin had six sacks and four interceptions. Cornerbacks Mike Haynes (acquired in a trade from New England) and Lester Hayes were widely considered to be the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. [5] Pro Bowl Safety Vann McElroy recovered 3 fumbles and ranked second in the NFL with 8 interceptions. The Raiders' head coach was Tom Flores.

Playoffs

The Raiders only allowed a combined total of 24 points in their playoff victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38–10, and the Seattle Seahawks (who had beaten the Raiders twice during the regular season), 30–14. Allen had been particularly effective in the playoffs, gaining a total of 375 combined yards and scoring three touchdowns. The Raiders' defense limited Seahawks running back Curt Warner, who had led the AFC in rushing yards (1,449 yards), to just 26 yards on 11 carries.

Meanwhile, the Redskins crushed the Los Angeles Rams 51–7, and then narrowly defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24–21, with Mark Moseley kicking the game-winning field goal with just 40 seconds left. Mirroring the previous postseason, Riggins was a key contributor, rushing for a combined playoff total of 242 yards and five touchdowns in the two games. In doing so, Riggins extended his NFL record of consecutive playoff games with at least 100 rushing yards to six. Brown also was a key contributor in both playoff wins, recording a combined total of 11 receptions for 308 yards and a touchdown. Washington's defense was just as effective at stopping their postseason opponent's rushing attack as they had been during the regular season, limiting running backs Eric Dickerson and Wendell Tyler to a combined total of 60 rushing yards. Dickerson was the NFL's leading rusher with 1,808 yards and 18 touchdowns during the season, but could only gain 16 yards on 10 carries against the Redskins' defense.

Super Bowl pregame news

Coming into Super Bowl XVIII, the Redskins were favored to win because of their offense, their number one-rated run defense, their league-best 14–2 regular-season record, and their Super Bowl win from last season. Also, the Redskins had defeated the Raiders during an October 2 regular-season game, 37–35, by scoring 17 points in the final six minutes of the game.

In 1970, Jim Plunkett had won the Heisman Trophy as the quarterback of Stanford University with 2,229 votes. The runner up for the award, with 1,410 votes, was University of Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theisman

As the designated home team in the annual rotation between AFC and NFC teams, the Raiders elected to wear their home black uniforms with silver pants, while the Redskins wore their road white uniforms with burgundy pants.

This was the final Super Bowl to feature a team with a straight-on kicker, Mark Moseley of Washington.

This was the first Super Bowl to feature the Super Bowl logo on the players uniforms but on the back of the helmet and only Washington wore it. A logo would not appear again on the players uniforms until Super Bowl XXV but this time it was on the jerseys of both teams and would not become a regular practice until Super Bowl XXXII.

Broadcasting

The game was broadcast in the United States by CBS and featured the broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall and color commentator John Madden. Hosting pregame coverage for The Super Bowl Today was Brent Musburger; Irv Cross; Phyllis George and Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder. Other contributors to CBS coverage included Jim Hill (who was also sports director of KNXT in Los Angeles which aired the game in that market {KNXT changed its call letters to the current KCBS-TV that April}; WDVM aired the game in Washington, D.C.); Charlsie Cantey; Pat O'Brien; Dick Vermeil; Tom Brookshier; Hank Stram (who also worked the game alongside Jack Buck on CBS Radio); John Tesh and CBS News correspondent Charles Osgood. Dick Stockton would serve as pregame host for CBS Radio coverage; while Musburger would also contribute halftime commentary in addition to hosting CBS television coverage [6] During this game, CBS introduced a new theme and open that would later be used for their college football coverage until it was replaced by the current college football theme introduced on Super Bowl XXI (the next Super Bowl CBS aired at the end of the 1986 season).

In addition to King and Marotta, who called the game over KRLA in Los Angeles, additional local radio coverage of Super Bowl XVIII was provided by WMAL-AM with Frank Herzog, Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen announcing. Nationally, Jack Buck and Hank Stram announced for CBS Radio.

It was simulcast in Canada on CTV and in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.

Apple's famous "1984" television commercial, introducing the Macintosh computer and directed by Ridley Scott, ran during a timeout in the third quarter. The advertisement changed how the Super Bowl would be used as a media advertising platform.[ original research? ]

As previously mentioned, the highlight package to Super Bowl XVIII was voiceover artist John Facenda's final project for NFL Films. Facenda died eight months after the game. An expanded version of Black Sunday (the highlight film's title) has appeared on NFL's Greatest Games and contains an additional hour of game footage plus audio play-by-play from Bill King and Rich Marotta (Raiders), and Frank Herzog and Sonny Jurgensen (Redskins), while retaining Facenda's narration.

Following the game, CBS aired the pilot episode of Airwolf .

Entertainment

The pregame festivities, which paid tribute to George Halas, featured the University of Florida Fightin' Gator Marching Band and the Florida State University Marching Chiefs. After a moment of silence for Halas, singer Barry Manilow performed the national anthem. The coin toss ceremony featured Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback and defensive tackle Bronko Nagurski.

The halftime show was a "Salute to Superstars of Silver Screen."

Game summary

First Quarter

During the first half, the Raiders scored on offense, defense, and special teams, becoming the first team to score two non-offensive touchdowns in a Super Bowl. Less than five minutes into the game, Los Angeles's Derrick Jensen blocked Jeff Hayes' punt deep in Washington territory and recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Raiders a 7–0 lead (although Summerall and Madden initially thought that Lester Hayes made the recovery; the mistake was corrected during the Raiders kick off after the touchdown). On their ensuing drive, Washington was forced to punt, but Los Angeles punt returner Ted Watts muffed the catch, and Washington safety Greg Williams recovered the ball at the Raiders 42-yard line. However, the Redskins advanced only to the Raiders 27-yard line and came away with no points after kicker Mark Moseley missed a 44-yard field goal attempt.

Second Quarter

Early in the second quarter, Raiders punter Ray Guy prevented a disaster when he leaped to pull in a high snap one-handed, before punting through the endzone for a touchback. After Washington were forced to punt, quarterback Jim Plunkett completed a 50-yard pass to wide receiver Cliff Branch, advancing the ball to the Redskins' 15-yard line. Branch said that the Raiders took advantage of the tailwind after the teams switched sides. [7] Two plays later, Plunkett threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Branch, increasing the lead to 14–0. One of the key contributors on the touchdown play was center Dave Dalby. After snapping the ball, Dalby had no one in front of him to block, so he backpedaled into the backfield and spotted linebacker Rich Milot coming at Plunkett from the left side, managing to throw a block against him just in time to prevent a sack and enable Plunkett to throw the ball. Cliff Branch became just the fourth player to catch a touchdown in two different Super Bowls (after Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Butch Johnson).

On their next drive, the Redskins moved the ball 73 yards in 12 plays to the Raiders 7-yard line, with Joe Theismann completing a 17-yard pass to receiver Alvin Garrett and three passes to tight end Clint Didier for 50 yards. However, linebacker Rod Martin broke up Theismann's third-down pass attempt, forcing Washington to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Moseley. Los Angeles took the ensuing kickoff and drove 41 yards to the Redskins 39-yard line. The drive stalled when Plunkett's third-down pass fell incomplete, but Ray Guy's 27-yard punt pinned Washington back at their own 12-yard line with 12 seconds left in the half. From there, head coach Joe Gibbs had Theismann run a screen play called "Rocket Screen", but Raiders linebacker Jack Squirek intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 21–3 halftime lead. The defense was prepared for the play, as Theismann had successfully completed an identical screen pass to Joe Washington for a 67-yard gain in their 37–35 victory over the Raiders on October 2. In fact, Los Angeles linebackers coach Charlie Sumner had sent Squirek onto the field as a last-second substitution specifically to cover Washington. "I was mad," said linebacker Matt Millen, who had to run off the field to avoid a penalty. "I'd called a blitz, and I was cranked up for it, but he told Jack to play the screen and sent him in. I guess Charlie knows what he's doing, huh?" [8]

Third Quarter

Allen (center) led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XVIII and earned MVP honors as he rushed for a record of 191 yards, including a memorable 74-yard touchdown run. 1986 Jeno's Pizza - 52 - Marcus Allen.jpg
Allen (center) led the Raiders to a championship in Super Bowl XVIII and earned MVP honors as he rushed for a record of 191 yards, including a memorable 74-yard touchdown run.

The Redskins regrouped in the second half and scored on their opening drive by marching 70 yards in nine plays. First, Garrett returned the opening kickoff 35 yards from 5 yards deep in the end zone to the Washington 30-yard line. Then, Theismann completed a 23-yard pass to receiver Charlie Brown to the Raiders 47-yard line. Eight plays later, fullback John Riggins finished the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. (Riggins became the second player to run for touchdowns in back-to-back Super Bowls; he had one in Super Bowl XVII en route to winning that game's Super Bowl MVP award.) Moseley's extra point attempt was blocked by reserve tight end Don Hasselbeck, but the Redskins had cut the score to 21–9 and were just two touchdowns away from taking the lead.

However, the Raiders completely took over the rest of the game, preventing any chance of a Washington comeback. On the ensuing drive, Washington defensive back Darrell Green was called for a 38-yard pass interference penalty while trying to cover Raiders receiver Malcolm Barnwell, setting up running back Marcus Allen's 5-yard touchdown run seven plays later to make the score 28–9. Late in the third quarter, the Redskins had an opportunity to score after defensive back Anthony Washington forced and recovered a fumble from Branch at the Raiders 35-yard line. They moved the ball nine yards in their next three plays, and then faced fourth down and one. Washington attempted to convert the fourth down with a run by Riggins, just like their successful fourth-down conversion against the Miami Dolphins in the previous Super Bowl. But this time, Riggins was tackled by Martin for no gain.

On the next play, the last play of the third quarter, Plunkett handed the ball off to Allen, who started to run left as the play was designed. But after taking an unusually wide turn in that direction (he later confessed, "I messed up." [7] ), Allen saw a lot of defenders in front of him and cut back to the middle before taking off for a then-Super Bowl record 74-yard touchdown run, increasing L.A.'s lead to 35–9 (Allen's run broke the previous record of 58 yards set by Tom Matte in Super Bowl III). This play would later be immortalized by one of the last great lines from narrator John Facenda, who said, "As Washington's hopes faded into the dying daylight, on came Marcus Allen, running with the night."

Fourth Quarter

In the fourth quarter, the Raiders sacked Theismann three times, forcing him to fumble once, and intercepted a pass. Meanwhile, a 39-yard run from Allen set up a 21-yard field goal from kicker Chris Bahr to make the final score of the game 38–9.

Plunkett finished the game with 16 out of 25 pass completions for 172 yards and a touchdown. Theismann threw for more yards than Plunkett (243), but was just 16 out of 35 and was intercepted twice. He was also sacked six times. Branch was the top receiver of the game with six receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. Guy punted seven times for 299 yards (42.7 average), with 244 net yards (34.8 average) and planted five of his seven punts inside the 20. Martin recorded a sack, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery. Riggins, who had rushed for over 100 yards in his last six postseason games, was held to 64 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, with his longest gain being just 8 yards. Brown was their top receiver with three receptions for 93 yards. Tight end Clint Didier caught five passes for 65 yards. Garrett recorded 100 yards on kickoff returns, and one reception for 17 yards. Part of both of Allen's touchdown runs were cutbacks, which, according to New York Daily News writer Larry Fox, burned an overpursuing Redskins defense. [7]

After the game, Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard said that Lester Hayes and Mike Haynes were the difference in the game. Haynes had played out his contract with the Patriots after the 1982 season, and sat out most of the first part of the 1983 season during contract negotiations. He eventually signed with the Raiders, who were forced to give the Patriots draft picks in compensation. He played the final five games of the regular season; his addition gave the Raiders two shutdown corners. According to Beathard, Hayes and Haynes "changed our whole game plan." Hayes had only one tackle, but had the left side of the field covered so effectively that Theismann hardly bothered to throw there. Haynes had two tackles, one interception, and two pass breakups. [5] Although Brown averaged 31 yards on his 3 receptions, Redskin wide receivers combined for only 5 catches, with none in the first half. [7] Another factor was Guy; he punted seven times for an average of 42.7 yards and 34.8 net yards. Five of those punts pinned the Redskins inside their own 20.

This marked the final game in the Hall of Fame career of Raiders linebacker Ted Hendricks, who retired upon earning his fourth Super Bowl ring (three with the Raiders and one with the Baltimore Colts).

The Raiders were the first team to score an offensive, defensive, and special teams touchdown in the same Super Bowl. The Redskins became the second defending champion to lose a Super Bowl (their divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, were the first, losing Super Bowl XIII after winning Super Bowl XII). The Redskins would be joined by the Green Bay Packers in 1998 (won Super Bowl XXXI, lost Super Bowl XXXII), the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 (won Super Bowl XLVIII, lost Super Bowl XLIX), the New England Patriots in 2018 (won Super Bowl LI, lost Super Bowl LII), and the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 (won Super Bowl LIV, lost Super Bowl LV).

Box score

Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
1234Total
Redskins (NFC)03609
Raiders (AFC)71414338

at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: January 22, 1984
  • Game time: 4:45 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), sunny [10]
Scoring summary
QuarterTime Drive TeamScoring informationScore
Plays Yards TOP WASLA
110:08LA Derrick Jensen recovered blocked punt in end zone, Chris Bahr kick good07
29:143651:34LA Cliff Branch 12-yard touchdown reception from Jim Plunkett, Bahr kick good014
23:0513736:09WAS24-yard field goal by Mark Moseley 314
20:07LAInterception returned 5 yards for touchdown by Jack Squirek, Bahr kick good321
310:529704:08WAS John Riggins 1-yard touchdown run, Moseley kick no good (blocked)921
37:068703:46LA Marcus Allen 5-yard touchdown run, Bahr kick good928
30:001740:12LAAllen 74-yard touchdown run, Bahr kick good935
42:248553:55LA21-yard field goal by Bahr938
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.938

Final statistics

Sources: NFL.com Super Bowl XVIII, Super Bowl XVIII Play Finder LA, Super Bowl XVIII Play Finder Was

Statistical comparison

Washington RedskinsLos Angeles Raiders
First downs1918
First downs rushing78
First downs passing109
First downs penalty21
Third down efficiency6/175/13
Fourth down efficiency0/10/0
Net yards rushing90231
Rushing attempts3233
Yards per rush2.87.0
Passing – Completions/attempts16/3516/25
Times sacked-total yards6–502–18
Interceptions thrown20
Net yards passing193154
Total net yards283385
Punt returns-total yards2–352–8
Kickoff returns-total yards7–1321–17
Interceptions-total return yards0–02–5
Punts-average yardage8–32.47–42.7
Fumbles-lost1–13–2
Penalties-total yards4–627–56
Time of possession30:3829:22
Turnovers32

Individual statistics

Redskins Passing
C/ATT1YdsTDINTRating
Joe Theismann 16/352430245.3
Redskins Rushing
Car2YdsTDLG3Yds/Car
John Riggins 2664182.46
Joe Theismann318086.00
Joe Washington 38052.67
Redskins Receiving
Rec4YdsTDLG3Target5
Clint Didier 5650207
Charlie Brown 3930607
Joe Washington3200106
Nick Giaquinto 2210143
Art Monk 12602610
Alvin Garrett 1170171
John Riggins11011
Raiders Passing
C/ATT1YdsTDINTRating
Jim Plunkett 16/251721097.4
Raiders Rushing
Car2YdsTDLG3Yds/Car
Marcus Allen 201912749.55
Greg Pruitt 5170113.40
Kenny King 3120104.00
Chester Willis 17077.00
Frank Hawkins 36032.00
Jim Plunkett1–20–2–2.00
Raiders Receiving
Rec4YdsTDLG3Target5
Cliff Branch 6941507
Todd Christensen 4320149
Frank Hawkins2200143
Marcus Allen2180122
Kenny King28072
Malcolm Barnwell 00001

1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Times targeted

Records Set

The following records were set in Super Bowl XVIII, according to the official NFL.com boxscore, [11] the 2016 NFL Record & Fact Book [12] and the ProFootball reference.com game summary. [13]
Some records have to meet NFL minimum number of attempts to be recognized. [12] The minimums are shown (in parenthesis).

Player Records Set [13]
Passing Records
Highest passer rating,
career, (40 attempts)
122.8Jim Plunkett
Highest completion
percentage, career, (40 attempts)
63.0%
(29-46)
Lowest percentage, passes
had intercepted, career, (40 attempts)
0%
(0-46)
Rushing Records
Most yards, game191 ydsMarcus Allen
Longest Touchdown Run74 yds
Longest run from scrimmage74 yds
Highest average gain, career (20 attempts)9.6 yds
(191-20)
Combined yardage records
Most yards gained, game209 ydsMarcus Allen
Special Teams
Longest punt return34 yds Darrell Green (Washington)
Records Tied
Most touchdowns, game2Marcus Allen
Most rushing touchdowns, game2
Most receiving touchdowns, career3Cliff Branch
Most interceptions returned for td, game1 Jack Squirek (Los Angeles)
Most kickoff returns, game5 Alvin Garrett (Washington)
Most (one point) extra points, game5 Chris Bahr (Los Angeles)
Most (one point) extra points, career8
Most fair catches, game3 Greg Pruitt (Los Angeles)
Team Records Set [13]
Points
Most points, game38 ptsRaiders
Largest margin of victory29 pts
Largest lead, end of 3rd quarter26 pts
Rushing
Highest average gain
per rush attempt
7.0
(231-33)
Raiders
Kickoff returns
Fewest yards gained, game17 ydsRaiders
Records Tied
Most points scored, first half21 ptsRaiders
Most points, third quarter14 pts
Most touchdowns, game5
Most (one point) PATs5
Most touchdowns scored by
interception return
1
Fewest kickoff returns, game1
Fewest passing touchdowns0Redskins
Most kickoff returns, game7
Records Set, both team totals [13]
TotalRaidersRedskins
Points, Both Teams
Most points, third quarter20 pts146
Punting, Both Teams
Most punts, game1477

Starting lineups

Source: [15]

Hall of Fame‡

WashingtonPositionPositionLos Angeles
Offense
Charlie Brown WR Cliff Branch
Joe Jacoby LT Bruce Davis
Russ GrimmLG Charley Hannah
Jeff Bostic C Dave Dalby
Mark May RG Mickey Marvin
George Starke RT Henry Lawrence
Don Warren TE Todd Christensen
Art MonkWR Malcolm Barnwell
Joe Theismann QB Jim Plunkett
John RigginsRB Kenny King
Rick Walker TERB Marcus Allen
Defense
Todd Liebenstein LE Howie Long
Dave Butz LTNT Reggie Kinlaw
Darryl Grant RTRE Lyle Alzado
Dexter Manley RELLB Ted Hendricks
Mel Kaufman ILB Matt Millen
Neal Olkewicz MLBILB Bob Nelson
Rich Milot RLB Rod Martin
Darrell GreenLCB Lester Hayes
Anthony Washington RCB Mike Haynes
Ken Coffey SS Mike Davis
Mark Murphy FS Vann McElroy

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Super Bowl XXXII was an American football game played between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1997 season. The Broncos defeated the Packers by the score of 31–24. The game was played on January 25, 1998, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, the second time that the Super Bowl was held in that city. Super Bowl XXXII also made Qualcomm Stadium the only stadium in history to host both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year.

Joe Theismann American football quarterback

Joseph Robert Theismann is an American former professional gridiron football player, sports commentator, corporate speaker and restaurateur. He rose to fame playing quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). Theismann spent 12 seasons with the Washington Redskins, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler and helped the team to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XVII over the Miami Dolphins and losing Super Bowl XVIII. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

The National Football League playoffs for the 1991 season began on December 28, 1991. The postseason tournament concluded with the Washington Redskins defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37–24, on January 26, 1992, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The National Football League playoffs for the 1986 season began on December 28, 1986. The postseason tournament concluded with the New York Giants defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI, 39–20, on January 25, 1987, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

1984–85 NFL playoffs Seasonal NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 1984 season began on December 22, 1984. The postseason tournament concluded with the San Francisco 49ers defeating the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX, 38–16, on January 20, 1985, at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California.

1983–84 NFL playoffs Seasonal NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 1983 season began on December 24, 1983. The postseason tournament concluded with the Los Angeles Raiders defeating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII, 38–9, on January 22, 1984, at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

1982–83 NFL playoffs Seasonal NFL playoffs

The National Football League playoffs for the 1982 season began on January 8, 1983. The postseason tournament concluded with the Washington Redskins defeating the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, 27–17, on January 30, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

1972–73 NFL playoffs NFL seasonal playoff games

The National Football League playoffs for the 1972 season began on December 23, 1972. The postseason tournament concluded with the Miami Dolphins defeating the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, 14–7, on January 14, 1973, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, becoming the only NFL team to finish a championship season undefeated and untied.

The National Football League playoffs for the 2005 season began on January 7, 2006. The postseason tournament concluded with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, 21–10, on February 5, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Roderick Darryl Martin is a retired National Football League linebacker who played for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1977 to 1988. He is best known for his record three interceptions in Super Bowl XV, which put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

1983 Los Angeles Raiders season NFL team season (won Super Bowl)

The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders season was the franchise's 24th season overall, and the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League. The team began by attempting to improve on their 8–1 record from 1982. The 1983 season was the second season in Los Angeles. The 1983 season is also the Raiders third Super Bowl winning season, and is the team's most recent NFL championship season. The 1983 Raiders remain the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl while based in Los Angeles.

1982 Washington Redskins season NFL team season (won Super Bowl)

The 1982 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 46th in Washington, D.C. Although the Redskins lost all their preseason games, they were to advance from an 8–8 record the previous season to become the only team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl after not winning a pre-season game. Only the 1990 Buffalo Bills and the 2000 New York Giants have since made it to the Super Bowl after a winless pre-season.

The 1991 Buffalo Bills season was the 32nd season and 22nd in the National Football League. The Buffalo Bills finished the National Football League's 1991 season with a record of 13 wins and 3 losses, the same record as their previous season, and finished first in the AFC East division. The Bills qualified for their second Super Bowl appearance but lost to the Washington Redskins, 24–37.

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