The 10 Worst Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXII
Text: John P. Lopez
Photo: John Biever, John Iacono/SI

Super Bowl XXII

Washington 42, Denver 10

It was historic and historically bad. Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to start and to win the Super Bowl. He also put this one out of reach early while the Redskins scored a record 35 second-quarter points. The Broncos were so bad that a rookie named Timmy Smith, who was rarely seen before or since, rushed for 204 yards and the Redskins scored five touchdowns in a span of 18 plays. Not even advertisers were happy. TV ratings plummeted in the second half.

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