SB 17 ring
Attendance: 103,667
MVP: John Riggins
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Setting the Stage:

I think we each experienced those games in different ways, because we had a different history going in. Mine was as a lifelong fan, who had never seen the Redskins even in a playoff game until the '71 season, Allen's first year. Season after season of losses. Season after season when locals would cheer for the Colts because they won all the time.

Then the dissapointment of SB7, thinking, "No, Billy, how could you throw that interception", and then, "Oh, if only Sonny could play".

Then years of good football teams, but not class-A contenders. Years of Dolphins and Cowboys and Steelers.

Then the doubts in the '82 season. Are they really this good? Wasn't it just a fluke? And, even worse, what will they do in the playoffs with Art Monk out and Joe Washington hurt?

And then the amazing playoffs run, when the Hogs crushed every opponent, in a way that I don't think any OL had before, or has since. Simple John Riggins right through the middle for five or more yards, play after play after play.

I remember talking with my friend Dave, from Oxon Hill, the only other person who can name the Senators starting lineup from 1959. He said, "You know, there are young kids today who think the Redskins were always this good. Isn't that something..."

- John Welch

Scoring Summary:

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Washington Redskins 0 10 3 14 27
Miami Dolphins 7 10 0 0 17

MIA - Cefalo 76 pass from Woodley (Von Schamann kick), 6:49 1st
WAS - FG Moseley 31, 0:21 2nd
MIA - FG Von Schamann 20, 9:00 2nd
WAS - Garrett 4 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick), 13:09 2nd
MIA - Walker 98 kick return (Von Schamann kick), 13:22 2nd
WAS - FG Moseley 20, 6:51 3rd
WAS - Riggins 43 run (Moseley kick), 4:59 4th
WAS- Brown 6 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick), 13:05 4th
Super Bowl XVII - Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins

The Game:

After only his second season as Redskins head coach, Joe Gibbs found himself on the sidelines at the big dance. The Washington Redskins were facing a 17-13 deficit in the fourth quarter. It was fourth and 1 on the Miami 43 yard line; the call was, “Goal line, goal line. I-left, tight wing, 70 chip on white”.

Quarterback Joe Theismann took the snap, turned and handed the ball to John Riggins. The H-back Otis Wonsley and guards Joe Jacoby and Russ Grimm opened a huge hole on the left side of the line, and the Diesel never looked back.

Riggins hit the hole and took off down the field, shrugging off Dolphins’ cornerback Ron McNeal in an image ingrained in the psyche of Redskin fans everywhere. With 10:10 left in the game, the Redskins took the lead for the first time, and cemented the first NFL championship for the Washington Redskins since 1942.The touchdown run accounted for 43 of Riggins’ Super Bowl record 166 yards, and garnered him the title of Super Bowl XVII MVP.

Things looked bleak for the ‘Skins in the first quarter. The Dolphins struck early, with David Woodley hitting Jimmy Cefalo on a sideline pattern that Cefalo turned into a 76-yard touchdown just 6:49 into the game.

Trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, the Redskins got on the board just 21 seconds into the second quarter when Mark Moseley connected on a 31-yard field goal. Dolphins place kicker Uwe von Schamann matched Moseley 9 minutes in with a 20-yard kick of his own.

The Redskins’ struck next, when Theismann hit wide receiver Alvin Garrett with a 4-yard strike just over 4 minutes later. The touchdown pass culminated a 10-play drive that included a 12-yard scramble by Joe Theismann. Moseley tacked on the extra point, knotting the score up at 10-10, at least for the next 13 seconds.

On the ensuing kickoff, backup cornerback Fulton Walker took the ball on the Miami 2-yard line, and returned it a Super Bowl record 98 yards for a touchdown. Von Schumann converted the point after, to put the Dolphins on top, 17-10.

The Redskins got the ball back, and made an impressive drive downfield, but stalled with 14 seconds left, as Theismann hit Garrett in the flat, but the wide receiver was unable to get out of bounds to stop the clock.

With 8:09 left in the third quarter, Mark Moseley connected on a 20-yard field goal to start the scoring in the second half and pull the Redskins within 4 at 17-13. The Redskins called a reverse to Alvin Garrett, which he turned into a 44-yard scamper to set up the kick.

The Redskins scored next, running the play forever emblazoned in Redskins’ lore as “70-chip”. Riggins’ run put the ‘Skins up for good at 20-17.

The Redskins finished the scoring with a 6-yard pass to Charlie Brown late in the fourth quarter and an extra point by Mark Moseley, bringing us to the final score of Super Bowl XVII, 27-17.

The Redskins defense poured on the heat all afternoon. They decimated the Dolphins running game, and took David Woodley out of his game with complicated schemes and blitzes. Woodley completed only 4 passes on 14 attempts on the day, including a paltry 0 for 8 mark in the second half, before being replaced by backup quarterback Don Strock, who went 0 for 3.

On the other side of the ball, the Hogs battered the Dolphin’s Killer B’s defense all day, allowing Riggins to often go 3 yards on any given play before being touched by a defender.

The Redskins won their first Super Bowl and began their 12-year run known to Redskin fans worldwide as “The Glory Days”.

- Scott Hurrey

Team Statistics:

Redskins Dolphins
Rushing 14 7
Passing 9 2
Penalty 1 0
Total Offensive Plays 78 47
Average Gain per Offensive Play 5.1 3.7
Total Rushing Plays 52 29
Average yards Per Rush 5.3 3.3
Pass Att.–Comp.–Int. 23–15–2 17–4–1
Yards lost Attempting to Pass 19 17
Gross Yards Passing 143 97
Avg. Gain per Pass (Incl. Sacks) 6.2 5.7
PUNTS–DISTANCE 4–168 6–227
Average Distance 42.0 37.8
Had Blocked 0 0
Kickoff Returns–Yards 3–57 6–222
Punt Returns–Yards 6–52 2–22
Interception Returns–Yards 2–0 0–0
Fumbles–Lost 0–0 2–1
Had Intercepted 2 0
Touchdowns Rushing 1 0
Touchdowns Passing 2 1
Touchdowns Returns 0 1
Extra Points 3 2
Field Goals–Attempts 1–1 2–2
Safeties 0 0
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Fan Commentary:

Scott Hurrey - "I was 6 years old in 1982, and John Riggins' 43-yard touchdown on fourth and one is my first vivid Redskins memory. To this day, when I think Redskins, I think 70 chip."

Scott Peek - "I watched the game from my Animal House college dwelling and my buddies and I just about raised the roof when Riggins made his infamous run. Luckily my duplex neighbors were about 80 and deaf. This was sweet revenge against the team that so cruelly beat us in SB VII. I still haven't gotten over that one!"

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Redskins Get Revenge

Washington: 8-1
at PhiladelphiaW 37-34
at Tampa BayW 21-13
at N.Y. GiantsW 27-17
PhiladelphiaW 13-9
DallasL 24-10
at St. LouisW 12-7
N.Y. GiantsW 15-14
at New OrleansW 27-10
St. LouisW 28-10
Detroit*W 31-7
Minnesota*W 21-7
Dallas*W 31-17
* NFC Playoffs
Miami: 7-2
at N.Y. JetsW 45-26
BaltimoreW 24-20
at BuffaloW 9-7
at Tampa BayL 23-17
MinnesotaW 22-14
at New EnglandL 3-0
N.Y. JetsW 20-19
BuffaloW 27-10
at BaltimoreW 34-7
New England*W 28-13
San Diego*W 34-13
N.Y. Jets*W 14-0
* AFC Playoffs
SB XVII rosters
Washington Redskins
Head Coach - Joe Gibbs
WRCharlie Brown
TEDon Warren
LTJoe Jacoby
LGFred Dean
CJeff Bostic
RG Russ Grimm
RTGeorge Starke
TERick 'Doc' Walker
WRAlvin Garrett
QBJoe Theismann
RBJohn Riggins
LEMat Mendenhall
LTDave Butz
RTDarryl Grant
REDexter Manley
LBMel Kaufman
LBNeal Olkewicz
LBRich Milot
CBVernon Dean
CBJeris White
SSTony Peters
FSMark Murphy
Miami Dolphins
Head Coach - Don Shula
WRJimmy Cefalo
TEBruce Hardy
LTJon Giesler
LGJeff Toews
CDwight Stephenson
RG Bob Kuechenburg
RTEric Laasko
RBTony Nathan
WRDuriel Harris
QBDavid Woodley
FBAndra Franklin
LEDoug Betters
NTBob Baumhower
REKim Bokamper
LBBob Brudzinski
LBA.J. Duhe
LBErnie Rhone
LBLarry Gordon
CBDon McNeal
CBGerald Small
SSGlenn Blackwood
FSLyle Blackwood
MVP John Riggins

John Riggins was named MVP after setting new Super Bowl records with 166 yards and 38 carries. One of those runs has become affectionately known only as 'Riggo's Run,' a 43-yard scamper on fourth and one that essentially buried the Dolphins. Riggo also added 15 yards receiving to give him 181 all purpose yeards -- 5 yards more than the entire Miami offense (176 yards).
Miami backup CB Fulton Walker's 98-yard kickoff retrun for a TD was not only the longest, but the first return TD in Super Bowl history.

Joe Gibbs' ball control offense posted some impressive possession statistics in XVII. The Redskins had the ball for 36:15 compared to Miami's 23:45, a difference of 12:30 or nearly an entire quarter! They were an incredible 11 of 18 (61%) on third down opportunities because of the ability of the Hogs to dominate the line of scrimmage.
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