Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #19 Super Bowl XXII

Doug Williams

#19 – Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

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Washington Redskins – 42  

Denver Broncos – 10

San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium

San Diego, California

January 31, 1988

Attendance: 73,302

MVP: Doug Williams, QB, Washington

Key Play: Alvin Walton’s sack of John Elway for an 18 yard loss, pushing Denver out of field goal range and keeping the score 10-0.

Number 19 on our Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s  is Super Bowl 22 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. In front of over 73,000 fans, Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Williams torched the Broncos defense on his way to earning a Super Bowl MVP.

The game may not have been close, but there was plenty of scoring. Doug Williams passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns in what were Super Bowl records at the time.

The game’s first half was a rollercoaster for fans. The Broncos went up 10-0 in the first quarter, only to give up a record five touchdowns to the Redskins in the second quarter within a span of 5:47! Up 35-10 going into the second half, the Redskins ended up winning 42-10.

Williams threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter, including 80 and 50 yard passes to receiver Ricky Sanders. This was a complete 180 from the game’s first quarter, which was dominated by the Broncos. Broncos quarterback John Elway began the game with a 56 yard touchdown pass, which ended up being his only TD pass of the game. Elway ended up throwing three interceptions.

Super Bowl XXII made this list in large part due to the historical significance of Doug Williams becoming the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, as well as the numerous Super Bowl records broken in this game. The game itself may not have been competitive, but there were a lot of firsts for fans and the NFL in Super Bowl XXII.

Just a few of the Super Bowl records set at the time:

Passing yards: Doug Williams – 340 yards

Passing TD’s: Doug Williams – 4 TD’s

Yards rushing: Timmy Smith – 204 yards

Total TD’s: Washington Redskins – 6 TD’s

Total yards: Washington Redskins – 602 yards

Yards receiving: Ricky Sanders – 193 yards

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Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s:

20. Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers 35 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 10

19. Super Bowl XXII – Washington Redskins 42 vs. Denver Broncos 10

18. Wednesday

17. Thursday

16. Friday

15. Monday (1/14)

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