Super Bowl XVII

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Super Bowl XVII took place on January 30, 1983 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The final result was Washington Redskins 27, Miami Dolphins 17.

Redskins running back John Riggins scored the winning touchdown, and was named Super Bowl MVP.

NBC televised the game in the United States, with announcers Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen.

This game came at the end of a season that was shortened by a players' strike. As a result, each team only played nine regular season games. Also, a special playoff format was used, where the top eight teams in each conference played in a four-round tournament.

The Game

Although the Dolphins entered the game with the league's top-rated defense, the Redskins posted 400 total yards of offense and John Riggins rushed for 166 yards -- both Super Bowl records.

Miami scored first on their second possession with a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Woodley to receiver Jimmy Cefalo. Then Woodley's fumble late in the first quarter led to a Redskins field goal to cut the score 7-3.

Midway through the second quarter, the Dolphins added a field goal to increase their lead 10-3. Then on their next drive, Washington went 80 yards in 11 plays, ending with quarterback Joe Theismann's 4-yard touchdown pass to receiver Alvin Garrett to tie the game.

But on the next kickoff, Fulton Walker returned the ball 98 yards to give the Dolphins back the lead, 17-10.

Miami was shutout in the second half. But the Redskins could only get a field goal in the third quarter to cut the score 17-13.

Faced with fourth down and a yard to go at Miami's 43-yard line with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game, Riggins took the ball and ran away for a touchdown to give the Redskins their first lead of the game 20-17.

Theismann then sealed the victory 27-17 with two minutes to go with a 6-yard touchdown pass to receiver Charlie Brown.

Scoring Summary

  • MIA- Cefalo 76 pass from Woodley (Von Schamann kick)
  • WAS- FG Moseley 31
  • MIA- FG Von Schamann 20
  • WAS- Garrett 4 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick)
  • MIA- Walker 98 kick return (Von Schamann kick)
  • WAS- FG Moseley 20
  • WAS- Riggins 43 run (Moseley kick)
  • WAS- Brown 6 pass from Theismann (Moseley kick)

Playoffs

See NFL playoffs, 1982-83

NFL Super Bowls

I 1967 | II 1968 | III 1969 | IV 1970 | V 1971 | VI 1972 | VII 1973 | VIII 1974 | IX 1975 | X 1976

XI 1977 | XII 1978 | XIII 1979 | XIV 1980 | XV 1981 | XVI 1982 | XVII 1983 | XVIII 1984 | XIX 1985 | XX 1986

XXI 1987 | XXII 1988 | XXIII 1989 | XXIV 1990 | XXV 1991 | XXVI 1992 | XXVII 1993 | XXVIII 1994 | XXIX 1995 | XXX 1996

XXXI 1997 | XXXII 1998 | XXXIII 1999 | XXXIV 2000 | XXXV 2001 | XXXVI 2002 | XXXVII 2003 | XXXVIII 2004 | XXXIX 2005 | XL 2006

XLI 2007 | XLII 2008 | XLIII 2009 | XLIV 2010

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