Count Up to Super Bowl 50: A Look Back at Super Bowl XVII

The Washington Redskins and the Miami Dolphins both played at Super Bowl XVII with a final score of 27-17. The game was played on January 30, 1983 in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl Stadium. There were a total of 103, 667 fans at Super Bowl XVII.

The Redskins ended up setting a Super Bowl record of 276 yards on the ground. Thanks to Jimmy Cefalo, Miami had a 17-10 halftime lead. However, John Riggins finally was able to break the Miami’s Defense and took the lead by running into the end zone for a touchdown.

The Super Bowl XVII MVP was John Riggins due to the fact that he set two records. The two records he set included the most rushing yards during a Super Bowl game and the most rushing attempts. Riggins also had the most recorded receptions for 15 yards, which actually totaled more than the Miami Dolphins as a whole.

The total cost of a commercial during Super Bowl XVII was $400,000. The total amount of people that tuned into watch Super Bowl XVII that day was 81.77 million viewers. At this point, the Super Bowl was getting more popular than ever, with more attendees and viewers than ever before. The National Anthem was sung by Leslie Easterbrook. The halftime show included Bob Jani Productions presents “KaleidoSUPERscope” with the Los Angeles Super Drill Team.

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