51 for LI: Los Angeles Wins A Title In Super Bowl XVIII
[lead align=”default”]Super Bowl LI is just 18 days away, bringing our countdown to Super Bowl XVIII and its events.[/lead]
As we already know all too well, not every Super Bowl is good. The same could be said of Super Bowl XVIII, played in Tampa in January 1984. In fact, it’s not even most memorable for the game, or anything to do with football. This, of course, was the night when Apple broke ground with their “1984” commercial.
If only they knew then what we know know: you can hold computers in your hand while snapchatting your junk to someone you haven’t even met. Ain’t the future grand.
Super Bowl XVIII: 1983 Los Angeles Raiders
Los Angeles, formerly Oakland, now Oakland again, and soon to be Las Vegas, went 12-4 in 1983. That got them an AFC West title under the leadership of Tom Flores, and the number one seed. Jim Plunkett was their quarterback, while Marcus Allen did plenty for the Raiders offense on the ground.
On the other side of the football, they were led by DE Howie Long. He totalled 13 sacks that season, a career high.
Super Bowl XVIII: 1983 Washington Redskins
The Redskins of 1983 were a team to be feared. Aside from going 14-2 in the regular season, and being the defending champs, they broke an NFL record that year with 541 points. Oh, and they also broke a record for turnover margin at an eye-popping plus-43.
They were easily the best regular season team, and it’s because of that performance that quarterback Joe Theismann won the MVP. Running back John Riggins also had an excellent year with 24 touchdown runs.
Ironically, the Redskins blew out another Los Angeles team, the Rams, in the Divisional Round. To reach the Super Bowl, they won a close one against the 49ers.
Super Bowl XVIII: The Game
Despite the hugely powerful offense of the Redskins, they were just three-point favorites over the Raiders. Not like Los Angeles didn’t have good players, too, and on that night, it was the Raiders who shined.
The Raiders never trailed in Super Bowl XVIII, getting out to a 7-0 lead after one and a 21-3 lead at the half. In fact, two of the Raiders’ touchdowns were not offensive (as in, one defensive and one special teams). Your final score: Los Angeles 38, Washington 9.