Super Bowl XXI|Super Bowl XXIII

January 31, 1988

For the second year in a row, the Broncos obtained an early lead in the Super Bowl, only to have it erased by an explosive offense from the opposing team. Washington scored 35 points in the second quarter in just 5 minutes and 47 seconds, setting a record for most points scored in a single period in NFL postseason history.

Once again, a quarterback was named the game's MVP, and Redskins QB Doug Williams definitely earned it.

Attendance at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego was 73,302. Washington coach Joe Gibbs won his second Super Bowl of the 80s, while Dan Reeves led the Broncs.

Statistics (from www.superbowl.com):

                        SCORING
Washington         0 35  0  7 -- 42
Denver            10  0  0  0 -- 10


DEN- Nattiel 56 pass from Elway (Karlis kick),
     1:57 1st
DEN- FG Karlis 24,  5:51 1st
WAS- Sanders 80 pass from D. Williams (Haji-Sheikh
     kick), 0:53 2nd
WAS- Clark 27 pass from D. Williams (Haji-Sheikh kick),
     4:45 2nd
WAS- Smith 58 run  (Haji-Sheikh kick),  8:33 2nd
WAS- Sanders 50 pass from D. Williams (Haji-Sheikh
     kick), 11:18 2nd
WAS- Didier 8 pass from D. Williams (Haji-Sheikh
     kick),
 13:56 2nd
WAS- Smith 4 run  (Haji-Sheikh kick),  1:51 4th

TEAM STATISTICS                Wash.          Denv.
Total First Downs                 25             18
  Rushing                         13              6
  Passing                         11             10
  Penalty                          1              2
Total Net Yardage                602            327
Total Offensive Plays             72             61
  Avg. Gain per Offensive Play   8.4            5.4
Rushes                            40             17
  Yards Gained Rushing (Net)     280             97
  Average Yards per Rush         7.0            5.7
Passes Attempted                  30             39
  Passes Completed                18             15
  Had Intercepted                  1              3
  Tackled Attempting to Pass       2              5
  Yards Lost Attempting to Pass   18             50
  Yards Gained Passing (Net)     322            230
Punts                              4              7
  Average Distance              37.5           36.1
Punt Returns                       1              2
  Punt Return Yardage              0             18
Kickoff Returns                    3              5
  Kickoff Return Yardage          46             88
Interception Return Yardage       11              0
Fumbles                            1              0
  Own Fumbles Recovered            1              0
  Opponent Fumbles Recovered       0              0
Penalties                          6              5
  Yards Penalized                 65             26
Total Points Scored               42             10
Touchdowns                         6              1
  Rushing                          2              0
  Passing                          4              1
  Returns                          0              0
Extra Points                       6              1
Field Goals                        0              1
  Field Goals Attempted            1              2
Safeties                           0              0
Third-Down Efficiency           9/15           2/12
Fourth-Down Efficiency           0/0            0/0
Time of Possession             35:15          24:45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
Washington               No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Smith                    22       204      58t    2
Bryant                    8        38      15     0
Clark                     1        25      25     0
Rogers                    5        17       5     0
Griffin                   1         2       2     0
D. Williams               2        -2       1     0
Sanders                   1        -4       4     0

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Lang                      5        38      13     0
Elway                     3        32      21     0
Winder                    8        30      13     0
Sewell                    1        -3       3     0


Passing
Washington          Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
D. Williams          29      18     340     4     1
Schroeder             1       0       0     0     0

Denver              Att.   Comp.    Yds.   TD   Int.
Elway                38      14     257     1     3
Sewell                1       1      23     0     0


Receiving
Washington               No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Sanders                   9       193      80t    2
Clark                     3        55      27t    1
Warren                    2        15       9     0
Monk                      1        40      40     0
Bryant                    1        20      20     0
Smith                     1         9       9     0
Didier                    1         8       8t    1

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
M. Jackson                4        76      32     0
Sewell                    4        41      18     0
Nattiel                   2        69      56t    1
Kay                       2        38      27     0
Winder                    1        26      26     0
Elway                     1        23      23     0
Lang                      1         7       7     0


Interceptions
Washington               No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Wilburn                   2        11      11     0
Davis                     1         0       0     0

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Castille                  1         0       0     0


Punting
Washington               No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Cox                       4        37.5    42     0

Denver                   No.      Avg.     LG   Blk.
Horan                     7        36.1    43     0


Punt Returns
Washington              No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Green                    1     1       0     0    0
Yarber                   0     1       0    **    0

Denver                  No.   FC     Yds.   LG   TD
Clark                    2     0      18     9    0


Kickoff Returns
Washington               No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Sanders                   3        46      16     0

Denver                   No.      Yds.     LG    TD
Bell                      5        88      21     0



Washington Redskins    Denver Broncos          
           ==  Offense  ==                     
Bostic, Jeff      C    Freeman, Mike       C 
McKenzie, Raleigh G    Bishop, Keith       G 
Thielemann, Ray   G    Humphries, Stefan   G 
Jacoby, Joe       T    Lanier, Ken         T 
May, Mark         T    Studdard, David     T 
Didier, Clint     TE   Kay, Clarence       TE
Warren, Don       TE   Jackson, Mark       WR
Clark, Gary       WR   Nattiel, Ricky      WR
Sanders, Ricky    WR   Lang, Gene          RB
Smith, Timmy      RB   Winder, Sammy       RB
Williams, Doug    QB   Elway, John         QB

            ==  Defense  ==                      
Butz, Dave        DT   Kragen, Greg        NT 
Grant, Darryl     DT   Jones, Rulon        DE 
Manley, Dexter    DE   Townsend, Andre     DE 
Mann, Charles     DE   Fletcher, Simon     OLB
Coleman, Monte    OLB  Ryan, Jim           OLB
Kaufman, Mel      OLB  Hunley, Ricky       ILB
Olkewicz, Neal    MLB  Mecklenburg, Karl   ILB
Bowles, Todd      CB   Haynes, Mark        CB 
Green, Darrell    CB   Wilson, Steve       CB 
Walton, Alvin     FS   Lilly, Tony         FS 
Wilburn, Barry    SS   Smith, Dennis       SS 

                  ==  Substitute  ==                    
Branch, Reggie         Bell, Kenny                
Bryant, Kelvin         Boddie, Tony               
Caldwell, Ravin        Bowyer, Walt               
Cox, Steve             Braxton, Tyrone            
Davis, Brian           Brooks, Michael            
Dean, Vernon           Castille, Jeremiah         
Gouveia, Kurt          Clark, Kevin               
Griffin, Keith         Dennison, Rick             
Grimm, Russ            Gilbert, Freddie           
Haji-Sheikh, Ali       Horan, Mike                
Hamel, Dean            Johnson, Vance             
Hamilton, Steve        Karlis, Rich               
Jones, Anthony         Kartz, Keith               
Kehr, Rick             Klosterman, Bruce          
Koch, Markus           Kubiak, Gary               
Milot, Rich            Lucas, Tim                 
Monk, Art              Micho, Bobby               
Orr, Terry             Mobley, Orson              
Rogers, George         Plummer, Bruce             
Schroeder, Jay         Robbins, Randy             
Vaughn, Clarence       Sewell, Steven             
Woodberry, Dennis      Watson, Steve              
Yarber, Eric               

                  ==  Did Not Play  ==                   
                       Lee, Larry 

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