Super Bowl XXII

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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)[2]
  • Most points in a quarter and in a half (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 win the Super Bowl.[3]

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.

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