Super Bowl XXII - Redskins 42, Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXII was an American football game played on January 31, 1988 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion following the 1987 regular season.
The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Washington Redskins (14–4) won their second Super Bowl by defeating the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos (12–5–1), 42–10, scoring 42 unanswered points after being down 10–0.
The Redskins set the following Super Bowl records in the victory:
* Total offensive yards (602)
* Total offensive rushing yards (280)
* Most touchdowns scored in a Super Bowl game (6)
* Total offensive yards in a quarter (356)
* Most points in a quarter (35)
* Most touchdowns in a quarter (5)
* The largest deficit that a team has overcome to win a Super Bowl (10 points)
Both teams combined to set the following records:
* Total combined offensive yards (929)
Redskins quarterback Doug Williams was named the Super Bowl MVP, completing 18 of 29 passes for a Super Bowl record 340 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. Williams became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and throw four in a half. Williams was also the first African-American quarterback to reach the Super Bowl, and to date is the only African-American starting quarterback to win one. While African American quarterback Joe Gilliam of the 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers was on the roster of Super Bowl IX as a backup to Terry Bradshaw, it is questionable if Doug Williams was the first African-American quarterback to reach the Super Bowl.
This game came at the end of a season that was shortened by a players' strike, but each team only missed one regular season game due to the labor dispute.
The game was broadcast in the United States by ABC with play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color commentators Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf. Keith Jackson hosted the pregame, halftime, and postgame coverage for ABC. Jackson was joined by analysts Lynn Swann and Mike Adamle. Also helping with ABC's coverage were Jack Whitaker, Jim Hill and Becky Dixon. This would be the first Super Bowl broadcast on ABC to have the broadcast team of Michaels, Gifford, and Dierdorf in the booth (as the 1987 season was the first year the trio was together, with Dierdorf moving to ABC from CBS; Gifford was the only holdover from ABC's Super Bowl XIX telecast). The trio would man the booth for ABC's Monday Night Football from 1987 to 1997 and call Super Bowls XXV and XXIX.
The pregame festivities featured a tribute to entertainer Bob Hope, who was approaching the age of 85. Trumpeter Herb Alpert performed our National Anthem, while Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson participated in the coin toss ceremony (The game happened to coincide with Hutson's 75th birthday). Alpert's performance was the last non-vocal performance of the National Anthem in a Super Bowl to date.
The halftime show, produced by Radio City Music Hall, was titled "Something Grand" and featured performances by vocalist Chubby Checker, The Rockettes, and 88 grand pianos.
The Wonder Years premiered on ABC at the conclusion of this Super Bowl. This was only the second successful series to debut following the Super Bowl (The A-Team, which premiered following Super Bowl XVII, was the other).
Timmy Smith had one day to shine. He never amounted to anything in the NFL after his moment on the big stage with the Redskins, but because he made the top spot in this list, perhaps he didn't have to.
Smith was a no-name talent who came out of nowhere to drop a still-Super Bowl record 204 rushing yards on the Denver Broncos, as he played a huge part in the Redskins' magical 35-point second quarter and eventual 42-10 victory.
The fact that only one of Smith's runs went for more than 50 yards (58) displayed how effective and consistent he was for the entire game, running all over and around what was supposed to be a very good Denver defense.
Smith's NFL career wasn't much to talk about following the best game of his life, but considering he owns the top game by a running back of all-time, he's probably OK with that.