This Day In Sports History (January 31st) — Super Bowl XXII

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It was on this day in 1988 that the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXII.  They would defeat the Denver Broncos by a score of 42-10, earning the second of three Super Bowl titles for the franchise.

Making it to the Super Bowl was no easy task for the Redskins, as they struggled through close games against the Chicago Bears in the Divisional Round, and the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.  However, they would have a much easier time in the title game, as they set Super Bowl records for total offensive yards (602), total offensive rushing yards (280), most touchdowns in a game (6), most points in a quarter and half (35), and most touchdowns in a quarter (5).

The Redskins did most of their damage against the Broncos during the second quarter, as they erased a 10-0 deficit by recording five unanswered touchdowns, giving them the 35-10 halftime lead.  They would add one more touchdown in the fourth quarter with the outcome all but decided.

Redskins quarterback Doug Williams finished the game with 340 passing yards and four touchdowns, as he became the first (and remains the only) African-American quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP honors.

Here is a look at the highlights from the Redskins’ record-breaking second quarter at Super Bowl XXII.

Notable Birthdays

Mario Williams, NFL – Born on January 31, 1985 (age 29) in Richlands, North Carolina

Vernon Davis, NFL -Born on January 31, 1984 (age 30) in Washington, D.C.

Yuniesky Betancourt, MLB – Born on January 31, 1982 (age 32) in Santa Clara, Cuba.

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