Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XXII

On January 31, 1988 the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos went head to head during Super Bowl XII. The latest in our countdown to Super Bowl LI in Houston.


Played in front of 73,302 people at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium, the Washington Redskins would defeat the two-time AFC champion Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII with a score of 42-10.

By this time, the Redskins were making their 4th appearance at Super Bowl. Redskins quarterback Doug Williams was the MVP of Super Bowl XXII, despite entering the season as a backup. The Redskins scored a shocking 35 points during the second quarter alone. During the Super Bowl, Williams was recorded 18 out of 29 passes, which made for a record 340 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

The cost of a 30 second commercial in 1988 at Super Bowl XXII rose $645,000. Halftime included Chubby Checker and The Rockettes, which made for a very interesting show. The National Anthem was sung by Herb Alpert and the Super Bowl was aired on ABC’s network. The announcers were a little different this year with it being Al MichaelsFrank Gifford, and Dan Dierdorf. However, there were still around 80.14 million viewers this time around.

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