Today let's wrap up our look at Super Bowl history, with the five great years the Redskins made it...
1972: Miami 14 Washington 7
It was the year the Dolphins went undefeated, and the offense just couldn't get anything untracked. Miami got the lead on an early touchdown pass by Bob Griese. The 'Skins offense never got anything going, and our only points came very late in the game on a bizarre play on a flubbed Miami field goal when kicker Garo Yepremian threw an ill-advised pass into the hands of Mike Bass who took it back the other way.
1982: Washington 27 Miami 17
The Lombardi Trophy finally comes to the nation's capital. Trailing 17-13 and facing fourth-and-one just past midfield, Joe Gibbs called John Riggins' number. And big #44 took it to the house for a fourth quarter lead. A late touchdown pass from Theismann to Charlie Brown locked up the win.
1983: LA Raiders 38 Washington 9
A horrid game to end a great season. The 'Skins were 14-2, with both losses by one point. But there was nothing working for them this day. Marcus Allen had a huge day, and a horrid interception on a screen pass deep in our own territory with only 12 seconds before halftime gave the Raiders a gift touchdown.
1987: Washington 42 Denver 10
When the Broncos scored the first ten points, no one had any idea what was coming. What was coming was a record-setting second quarter with 35 points. Timmy Smith set a rushing record. RIcky Sanders set a receiving record. Doug Williams set a passing record. Williams became the first (and still only) African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
1991: Washington 37 Buffalo 24
Don't be fooled by the score. This was a blowout. It was 37-10 in the second half, before the Bills' made the final score respectable. Mark Rypien was dominant, and the greatest team in Redskin history ended its season on a fitting note.
That wraps up our look at Super Bowl history. On Thursday it will be time to dig into this year's game. The preview will run in a three-day segment. Thursday we look at Indianapolis, Friday will be New Orleans and Saturday a final analysis and prediction.