Countdown to Super Bowl 2019 Atlanta: Super Bowl XVIII

Making their second-straight appearance, the Washington Redskins are headed to Tampa, Florida, host of Super Bowl LV in 2021, for Super Bowl XVIII against the Los Angeles Raiders.

Raiders Dominate

Entering the game as defending champions and odds-on favorites to capture their second-straight Super Bowl, it was a different story in 1984 for the Washington Redskins, as the team would get blown out by the AFC-champion Los Angeles Raiders by a score of 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII. With nearly 73,000 fans in attendance, the Super Bowl was hosted for the first time in Tampa, Florida, a city that would go on to host many more, including Super Bowl LV in 2021.

After jumping out to an early lead before halftime, the Raiders never looked back. For the second straight year, a record-setting running back would walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors, as Raiders running back Marcus Allen would carry the ball 20 times for a then-record 191 yards and two touchdowns.

In 1984, the cost of commercials during the big game actually dropped for the first time in years, clocking in at $368,000 for a 30-second spot. Super Bowl XVIII is also remembered by many as the birthplace of the Apple advertising campaigns, where the iconic Apple Macintosh commercial would go on air.

Around 77 million viewers tuned in to catch Super Bowl XVIII, with broadcasting duties being handled by Pat Summerall and former Raiders head coach John Madden. The national anthem was performed by singer Barry Manilow.

 


 

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2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XVIII

As the NFL begins to enter the middle of the 2017 NFL season, we’re headed to Tampa, Florida, host of Super Bowl LV in 2021, for Super Bowl XVIII between the Washington Redskins (again) and the Los Angeles Raiders.

January 22, 1984

With a final score of 38-9, the Los Angeles Raiders were dominant in Super Bowl XVIII, capturing the victory over the Washington Redskins. The big game, played on January 22, 1984, was played at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the host city for the 2021 Super Bowl, with nearly 73,000 fans in attendance. This was the first time the Super Bowl had ever been played in Tampa.

Washington entered Super Bowl XVIII as defending champions and an odds-on favorite to win their second in a row. However, the Raiders would jump out to an early lead at halftime and never look back. Running back Marcus Allen would take Super Bowl XVIII MVP honors, carrying the ball 20 times for a then-Super Bowl record 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Commercials for Super Bowl XVIII came in around $368,000 for a 30-second spot, where one of the most famous Super Bowl ads of all time, the Apple Macintosh commercial, would go on to air.

Around 77 million viewers tuned in to catch Super Bowl XVIII, with broadcasting duties being handled by Pat Summerall and former Raiders head coach John Madden. The national anthem was performed by singer Barry Manilow.


 

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