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1984 ‐ Super Bowl XVIII ‐ Los Angeles Raiders vs Washington Redskins

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Los Angeles Raiders 38
Washington Redskins 9

January 22, 1984

Super Bowl XVIII was at Tampa Stadium. The AFC champion Raiders (15-4) faced the NFC champion Redskins (16-3). Washington made its second straight Super Bowl appearance and third overall. The Raiders, in their second season in Los Angeles since moving from Oakland, appeared in their fourth Super Bowl.

On its first possession, Washington punted at its 30-yard line. But the kick was blocked and recovered in the end zone by the Raiders for a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Jim Plunkett led Los Angeles down the field and threw a 12-yard touchdown. Washington advanced 73 yards for a 24-yard field goal.

With 12 seconds left in the half, Washington had the ball at its 12. A pass was intercepted and returned for a 21-3 lead.

In the second half, Washington advanced 70 yards for a one-yard score by John Riggins. The extra-point attempt was blocked, keeping the score 21-9.

The Raiders scored two third quarter touchdowns, including a 74-yard run by Marcus Allen. A 21-yard Raiders field goal in the fourth quarter was the last score.

The victory gave the city of Los Angeles its first NFL championship since the 1951 Los Angeles Rams. The Raiders’ 38 points and 29 point victory margin were records until XX. Washington’s loss to the black-uniformed Raiders was dubbed “Black Sunday.”

Allen was MVP, the third Heisman Trophy winner to be honored. He ran 191 yards and caught two balls for 18 yards. His 74-yard run was a record until XL and his 9.6 yards per carry average was the second greatest.

Around the World on January 22:

  • The Apple Macintosh computer was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984” TV commercial.

Around the NFL in 1984:

  • March 20 – H.R. Bright’s investment group bought the Cowboys. Tex Schramm became managing general partner. Wellington Mara became NFC president.
  • March 21 – Patrick Bowlen bought a majority interest in the Broncos.
  • March 28 – The Colts moved to the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
  • May 23-25 – The Rose Bowl received Super Bowl XXI and San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium got Super Bowl XXII.
  • August 28 – Alex Spanos bought a majority interest in the Chargers.
  • September 6 – The Jets played their first home game in Giants Stadium.
  • December 2 – Houston beat Pittsburgh 23-20, the hundredth overtime game since 1974.
  • December 2-4 – A CBS Sports/New York Times survey reported 53% of sports fans preferred football versus 18% for baseball.
  • December – Records were set: Dan Marino threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns; Art Monk caught 106 passes; Eric Dickerson ran for 2,105 yards; and Walter Payton broke Jim Brown’s career rushing mark, finishing the year with 13,309 yards. Attendance exceeded 13 million for the fifth straight year. Average attendance of 59,813 was the second-highest in history. Teams averaged 42.4 points per game, the second-highest since the 1970 merger.
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