FILE - In this Jan. 31, 1988, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway winds up to let go of a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ricky Nattiel in the first quarter of Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins in San Diego, Calif. Elwa
Amy Sancetta, File
January 08, 2016

SUPER BOWL 22

Jan. 31, 1988

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The Washington Redskins, with the greatest quarter in NFL playoff history, scored 35 points in the second period to overcome a 10-0 deficit and win their second Super Bowl championship.

John Elway threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Nattiel on the Broncos' first play from scrimmage and Rich Karlis kicked a 24-yard field goal on the next possession to take a 10-0 lead.

The Redskins scored five touchdowns on consecutive possessions in the second quarter, four on passes by MVP Doug Williams, who set a record with 340 yards passing in the game. Washington scored the five touchdowns in 18 plays with a total time of possession of only 5:47.

Williams became the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Tim Smith, a rookie backup who gained 126 yards for the entire season, was given the start by Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. Smith rushed for a record 204 yards. Ricky Sanders caught nine passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, breaking one record and tying another.

Just as in the 1982 season, the Redskins won the title in a season shortened by a players' strike.

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