"They cut off our pursuit," added Mecklenburg. "Instead of getting seven or eight yards when they broke a run, they were getting 20 or 30 or 40. I'm hurt and embarrassed. I certainly don't want to ever go through that again."
Washington's final TD of the second quarter came five plays later, on an eight-yard catch by Didier. The Skins' second-half score, a four-yard run by Smith, was frosting. A game that had been billed as potentially the first down-to-the-wire Super Bowl since the Baltimore Colts' 16-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys in '71 was a rout.
Elway had taken a beating. He threw for 257 yards but completed only 14 of 38 throws. Johnson, who was coming off a severe groin pull, played but didn't catch a pass. Denver's whole offensive operation seemed to be overmatched by the coverages and pass-rush schemes devised by Washington defensive coordinator Richie Petitbon. "We've got to be a better football team—I don't think we're good enough to win the Super Bowl," said a disconsolate Elway.
On his way to a victory celebration and rehab on his sore knee, Williams was asked one final question. "What was your lowest moment as a pro?"
"I'll tell you one thing I'll always remember," he said. "When I was with Tampa Bay and we lost to Dallas in the  playoffs and I got sacked four times, I got this beautifully wrapped package with a nice bow on top. When I opened it, there was a rotten watermelon inside. The note said, 'If it wasn't for your black ass, Tampa Bay would have won.' You don't forget things like that."
Super Sunday will be a far better memory, for sure.