Today in Sports History (1/22): Raiders win Super Bowl XVIII
29 years ago, on this date, the Oakland Raiders destroyed the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Superbowl XVIII, claiming the franchise’s third and last Super Bowl. Led by running back Marcus Allen and his 191 rushing yards (a then record) and two touchdowns, the Raiders became the first Los Angeles based professional football team to win the Lombardi trophy. Although Washington entered the game looking to win back to back Super Bowls, the ‘Skins and quarterback Joe Theismann never led during the game and were behind at half 21-3. Although Allen was named the game’s MVP, the real story of the game was the defensive effort put forth by the Silver & Black.
The Raiders became the first defense to score twice in a Super Bowl and only allowed their opponents to score a lone touchdown and a single field goal. While the defending champions entered the matchup as the favorite, Super Bowl XVIII will always be remembered as “Black Sunday” for Redskins fans. This victory would be the latest Super Bowl win for the Raiders franchise, who moved from Los Angeles back to Oakland in 1995. The team later reached Superbowl XXXVII where they received their own beatdown to the NFC representative, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21. The Redskins would go on to win Superbowls XXII and XXVI, bringing their franchise total to three Super Sunday wins.