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Need to Know: The five best performances by a Redskin in the Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2014, 6:35 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 95 days before the NFL Draft.

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Yes, there were days when the Redskins played in Super Bowls. Here are the team’s five best individual performances in the big game.

1. John Riggins XVII—He just pounded the Dolphins into submission with 38 carries for 166 yards. The yardage record has been broken but no running back has dominated a Super Bowl like Riggins. His 43-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter is one of the most underrated big plays in Super Bowl history.

2. Doug Williams XXII—Going into the second quarter Williams was four for 10 for 78 yards. It wasn’t even certain that he would come out for the first snap of the second quarter after he with following a knee injury. But he came in, launched an 80-yard TD bomb to Ricky Sanders on his first snap of the second quarter and the rest is NFL history. He was 9 of 11 for 228 yards and four touchdowns.

3. Ricky Sanders XXII—Art Monk played but his game was seriously hampered by a knee injury. That left The Posse down to two members and it was Sanders who stepped up. As noted above, he and Williams opened the floodgates with their 80-yard TD connection on the Redskins’ first snap of the second quarter. The play was supposed to be a seven-yard hitch but Sanders recognized press coverage from cornerback Mark Haynes and just blew by him. He also hauled in a 50-yard TD from Williams later in The Quarter. On the day, seven receptions for 166 yards for Sanders.

4. Joe Jacoby XVIII pitched his Hall of Fame worthiness yesterday and this game is one of the big reasons why. The left tackle slammed into defensive end Kim Bokamper time after time as the Redskins literally ground the Dolphins into submission. The other Hogs who started that day—LG Russ Grimm, C Jeff Bostic, RG Fred Dean, and RT George Starke—get strong honorable mentions here.

5. Brad Edwards XXVI—The defense needs to be represented here somewhere and Edwards’ performance against the Bills. He picked off Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly twice and knocked down five passes. Andre Reed, named to the Hall of Fame yesterday, caught just five passes for 34 yards. That wasn’t all Edwards but he was a big part of it as his big hits gave Bills receivers a severe case of alligator arms.

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Timeline

—Born on this day: Redskins OL Josh LeRibeus (1989) and former Redskins DE Dexter Manley (1958).

—It’s been 35 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 217 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 17; NFL Free agency starts 37; Offseason workouts start 64; NFL Draft 95

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  1. hailyeah1 - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    well timmy smiths performance is worth a footnote even though he was a one hit wonder.and Mark Rypiens in 92 also is worth mentioning .maybe they could be 6 and number 7

  2. Joe Seamhead - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Timmy Smith still holds the all-time record for most rushing yards in a Super Bowl at 204 yds and he isn’t in the top five? Your whole column is hear-by rendered as a waste of time to even read.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Sorry to have wasted your time but I could have run through the holes the Hogs were creating on that day. Even so, if had been a top 10 Smith would have been on it at six or seven.

  3. Troy - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Yeah Rich that is true, but he still should be on the list. The O-line that day was more dominant than the Rigging SB.

  4. darrynhyman - Feb 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Love ya Rich, but Smith has to make the top five, regardless of whether you feel anyone could have done that with the oline that day. If it were indeed that wasy, Emmith Smith would have the record with one of the greatest olines to play in their 3 SB victories. Can’t keep a record setting performance out of the top five, especially one that still stands 26 years later.

  5. goskins44 - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I have to agree with Rich. At the end of the 1stQ Smith had 9yds on 5 carries. Then Williams hit Sanders for 80 and that changed everything. Denver had been stacking the line for the run but could not once Sanders got behind them.

    Also, he had 2 runs in the famed 2nd that totaled 101 yds (58 and 43). In the 4thQ the game was out of hand and wed were just running out the clock. The hogs were opening huge holes. Denvers quick but not very big D was run down.

    I am not saying he didn’t play well, but not top 5. JMO

  6. kenlinkins - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Just setting a record does not get you into the TOP5, Payton Manning set a record but I am sure that he would not call Sunday one of his TOP 5!

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