SUPER BOWL XXII Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10 San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, California January 31, 1988 Attendance: 73,302
Washington Redskins (NFC)
Denver Broncos (AFC)
Washington flew over Denver in the second quarter, racking up 35 points by halftime.
If last year's rout by the Giants wasn't bad enough, the Broncos provided the nation with an encore. Washington made the Giants victory over Denver the previous season (39-20) look like a squeaker.
Denver played a great game until the second quarter started, compiling a 10-0 lead in the first 15minutes, highlighted by John Elway's 56-yard bomb to Ricky Nattiel on the club's first play from scrimmage. Denver should have went home after that.
QB Doug Williams, the game's MVP, tossed a record four TD passes, including bombs to Ricky Sanders and Gary Clark and produced 35 points on just 18 plays in 5 1/2 minutes. Williams finished 18-for-29for 340 yards and easily walked away with the MVP trophy.
Williams passing yardage topped the old mark held by Joe Montana (331 yards) in Super Bowl XIX. Sanders pulled in eight receptions for 193 yards, breaking the previous record of 161 yards by Pittsburgh's Lynn Swann in Game X. Rookie RB Timmy Smith would produce the game of his life, running for a Super Bowl record 204 yards on 22 carries, eclipsing the previous mark held of 191 yards by the Raiders' Marcus Allen in Game XVIII. Smith also had two running touchdowns (58 and 4 yards).Washington's six TDs and 602 total yards also set records.