Days Until Super Bowl LIII From January 15: 19
The Super Bowl has borne witness to some truly sensational performances from the league’s leading quarterbacks over the years. Few can forget Phil Simms going 8-for-8 in the third quarter to inspire the Giants to victory at Super Bowl XXI, or Joe Montana obliterating the Broncos at Super Bowl XXIV. It is the perfect platform for a QB to achieve transcendental greatness.
However, that was not quite the case when Miami Dolphins signal-caller David Woodley took to the field for Super Bowl XVII. Fans cannot have expected much, as the Dolphins’ passing attack ranked last in the league that season. Miami was all about the running game that year, but few can have expected things to go quite so badly.
When all was said and done, Woodley had completed just four of 14 pass attempts, for 97 yards. Despite his wretched game, the Dolphins actually led 17-13 heading into the fourth quarter. However, they ended up scoreless in the second half, punting five times, with an interception and a turnover on downs. Woodley was totally shut down as he went 0-for-7 in the second half.
Opposing QB Joe Theismann did not exactly have a great game for the Washington Redskins, but he finished 15-of-23 for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and that was enough to hand his team a 27-17 victory. However, the 19 combined completions in the game still stands as a record for the fewest in Super Bowl history.
Woodley is still the yardstick by which dreadful quarterbacks are measured:
Yet the following year it was Theismann’s turn to underwhelm. He led the Redskins into Super Bowl XVIII and completed just 16 of 35 attempts, finishing with a rating of 45.3 as Washington was crushed 38-9 by the Raiders.