SB 17: Behind Hogs and Riggins, Redskins beat Miami 27-17


Jan. 30, 1983

At Pasadena, Calif.-103,667

Miami 7.10..0..0-17

Washington 0.10..3.14-27

Fullback John Riggins churned out a Super Bowl-record 166 yards on 38 carries to spark the Redskins to a come-from-behind 27-17 win over the Dolphins.

For Riggins, voted the game's most valuable player, it was his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game during the playoffs, also a record.

Riggins gave the Redskins their first lead with 10:01 remaining when he ran 43 yards off left tackle for a touchdown on fourth-and-1.

The Dolphins had built a 17-10 halftime lead on a 76-yard touchdown pass from David Woodley to wide receiver Jim Cefalo in the first quarter; a 20-yard field goal by Uwe von Schamann; and a Super Bowl-record 98-yard kickoff return by Fulton Walker just before halftime.

Mark Moseley cut the Miami lead to 17-13 with a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter.

After Riggins' run put the Redskins on top, Theismann capped the scoring with a 6-yard pass to wide receiver Charlie Brown with 1:55 left.

The Redskins and Dolphins survived a strike-shortened season to reach the Super Bowl.



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