1984 Super Bowl

To reach Super Bowl XVIII, the Redskins destroyed the Rams, 51-10, in the NFC Playoff Game, then held off the 49ers 24-21 to win the NFC Championship.

The Raiders thundered into the Super Bowl after dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 2nd round AFC Playoff game, 38-10, and the Seattle Seahawks in the AFC Championship Game, 30-14. Raiders and Redskins had the two best records in the NFL.


  • Barry Manilow sings National Anthem
  • 00:27:20 - Derrick Jensen blocks Jeff Hayes punt, recovered by Lester Hayes for the TD. 7-0 Raiders.
  • 01:05:40 - Great catch on a punt by Ray Guy, avoids possible TO, 42 yard punt, no return.
  • 01:14:22 - 50-yard completion from Plunkett to Branch
  • 01:16:00 - Plunkett to Branch, 12-yard TD pass. 65 yards in 3 plays. 14-0 Raiders.
  • 01:49:00 - Jack Squirek, 12 seconds remaining in 1st half, picks of Joe Theisman, 21-3 Raiders.
  • 01:59:00 - Raiders block Redskins extra point. 3rd quarter, 21-9 Raiders.
  • 02:08:30 - Marcus Allen 5 yard TD, 28-9 Raiders.
  • 02:33:20 - Redskins 4th and 1 on Raider 26 yard line, Riggins stuffed by Rod Martin and Mike Davis.
  • 02:34:00 - Change of possession, very next play, with 12 seconds to go in the 3rd quarter, "The Run," Allen goes 74 yards for the dagger! Announcer Pat Summerall: "Here's Marcus Allen, cutting back upfiled and Marcus Allen - could - be - gone! Seventy-four yards! For Marcus Allen and the Raiders are starting to shove this one in the winners column." End of 3rd quarter, 35-9 Raiders.
  • 02:54:00 - Personal foul, late hit on Joe Theisman by Dave Stalls, next play Mike Davis, safety blitz, Theisman fumbles, Rod Martin recovers. Total DOMINATION by the Silver and Black!
  • 03:03:35 - Mike Haynes interception, tight coverage, blanket coverage, Stanford Routt please take notes! Madden: "I don't know if I've ever seen such coverage on wide receivers as we've seen today." Summerall: "I would agree with you." Next play, Allen goes 39 yards to set the Super Bowl record, 20 carries, 191 yards. Raiders end drive with final 3 points of the game, Chris Bahr 21-yd FG. At the time 38 points was most points scored by 1 team in the SB; Allen's SB rushing record would later be surpassed by Timmy Smith, 204 yards, in Super Bowl XXII. 38-9 azz whoopin!

Player Highlights and Notes:

  • Plunkett called 90% of his own plays during the season.
  • Raiders very rarely had a problem with 30 second clock or penalties.
  • Lester Hayes shut down Art Monk, Mike Haynes shut down Charlie Brown in man-to-man coverage; safties Van McElroy and Mike Davis also stepped up.
  • Marcus Allen's 2nd season in the NFL, Plunkett's 13th season.
  • Reggie Kinlaw, NT, dominated Redskin center Jeff Bostic all game long.
  • Defense held Redskin RB John Riggins to 64 yards on 26 carries (2.4 ypc).
  • 6 sacks for Raider defense and held the Redskins record-setting offense (most points in an NFL season) to only 9 points.
  • Rod Martin was a straight ball hawk, always around the ball, and always played big in big games.
  • Cliff Branch 6 receptions 85 yards, 1 TD, 1 Fumble.

1983 Starting Roster:

  • Great game by Raider Offensive Line: LT Bruce Davis, LG Charley Hannah, C Dave Dalby, RG Mickey Marvin, RT Henry Lawrence.
  • Other Offensive starters: QB Jim Plunkett, RB Marcus Allen, RB Kenny King, WR Cliff Branch, WR Malcolm Barnwell, TE Todd Christensen.
  • Punter Ray Guy, FG Kicker Chris Bahr
  • Defensive starters: LE Howie Long, MG Reggie Kinlaw, RE Lyle Alzado, OLB Ted Hendricks, ILB Matt Millen, ILB Bob Nelson, OLB Rod Martin (3-4 Defense which is what the Raiders are going back to under new GM Reggie McKenzie in 2012-13), LCB Lester Hayes, RCB Mike Haynes, SS Mike Davis, FS Vann McElroy