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

With a winning score of 38-9, the Los Angeles Raiders took home the Super Bowl XVIII championship title over the Washington Redskins. The game was played on January 22, 1984 in Tampa, Florida at Tampa Stadium with a total number of 72,920 people attending. This was the first time the Super Bowl had ever been played in Tampa, Florida.

The Redskins entered Super Bowl XVIII as champions of Super Bowl XVII. The Raiders were in the lead at halftime thanks to several touchdowns by Derrick Jensen. The Raiders’ running back, Marcus Allen, actually carried the ball 20 times and created a “then” record for a total of 191 yards. This amount of yards resulted in two touchdowns.

In 1984 one of the most memorable parts of Super Bowl XVIII is that the commercial for the Apple Macintosh computer was aired. There were an estimated total amount of 77.62 million viewers who watched Super Bowl XVIII. The cost of a commercial around this time was around $368,000 and that was for “30” seconds of air time. The world got quite the treat when Barry Manilow agreed to sing the National anthem. The announcers of the Super Bowl XVIII were Pat Summerall and John Madden.

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