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Washington Redskin’s signal caller Doug Williams spent the build up to Super Bowl XXII being bombarded with questions about his status as the first black quarterback in Super Bowl history. Washington was the three-point underdog against the Denver Broncos and many commentators warned that Williams would crumble under the pressure.
Those projections looked to be coming to fruition when the Redskins found themselves 10-0 down at the end of a bruising first quarter. But on the first play of the second quarter, Williams threw to Ricky Sanders, who took it eight yards for a touchdown to bring Washington right back into the game.
They soon raced into the lead after the Super Bowl’s first African American QB drove them to the Broncos’ 23-yard line. Facing third and one, Denver expected the Redskins to run the ball, but Williams picked out Gary Clark, who made a diving catch in the end zone for a touchdown to give Washington a 14–10 lead.
The next time Williams got the ball, following Denver’s missed 43-yard field goal, he threw a 16-yard completion to Clark, before rookie running back charged off for a 58-yard touchdown run. The Redskins stretched their lead to 28–10 on their next possession, courtesy of a 50-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Sanders, making him the first player in Super Bowl history to catch two touchdowns in a single quarter.
But the Redskins were not done yet. Four plays after the kick-off, defensive end Barry Wilburn intercepted on the Washington 21-yard line and they were off once more. Williams completed the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Clint Didier to hand his team an unassailable 35-10 lead.
In total, he completed 9 passes from just 11 attempts in the second quarter. He picked up 228 passing yards and four touchdowns, making it the best quarter in Super Bowl history.
There was only ever going to be one winner when it came time to hand out MVP honors, and those pre-game critics were made to eat their words. The Redskins ended up winning 42-10 as the Broncos were utterly shell-shocked from that second quarter pummeling and they rarely threatened again.