Ticket Sales / Attendance: There were 103667 people in attendance at the game in and it is estimated that another 81.7 million more excited football fans tuned in from their homes or other football parties around the world while tuning into NBC. The ratings the game for the game on this network were 48.6.
Team Pre-Season Stats: Looking for their first Super Bowl in 10 years, Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins were prepared to make a serious playoff run this year. QB David Woodley would be back at the helm to lead the offence and the defence would be anchored by OL Ed Newman.
The Washington Redskins missed the playoffs last year after finishing with an 8-8 record and they wanted to turn it around this season. Joe Gibbs would be back for his 2nd season as head coach and Joe Theismann would once again be back as their starting quarterback.
Team Roster: Key players on the Redskins roster included QB Joe Theismann, RB John Riggins, WR Charlie Brown, WR Art Monk, OL Jeff Bostic, DL Dave Butz, and OL Russ Grimm.
The notable players for the Dolphins included QB David Woodley, RB Andra Franklin, WR Mark Duper, WR Jimmy Cefalo, DL Bob Baumhower, OL Ed Newman and DL Doug Betters.
Game Highlights: Miami opened the scoring mid way through the first quarter as QB David Woodley through a 76 yard pass to WR Jimmy Cefalo for a touchdown. Miami continued to increase its lead in the first half as they added 20 yard field goal and Fulton Walker returned a kick off 98 yards with under 2 minutes remaining in the first half. The return was just after a 4 yard touchdown pass from Joe Theismann to receiver Alvin Garrett. Miami went into halftime with a 17-10 lead
Washington continued to use a balanced offence in the 2nd half as they scored a 20 yard field goal in the third quarter and added two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. The Redskins held the Dolphins to 34 total yards in the 2nd half as they came back from a first half deficit to win the game 27-17 and capture the championship.
Game MVP: The MVP of the 17th Super Bowl was Washington Running Back John Riggins. Riggins carried the ball 38 times for a Superbowl record 166 yards and a 43 yard carry in the 4th quarter helped to turn the game around. The Redskins were on the 43 yard line of Miami and were fourth-and-one and Riggins broke through the line to carry the ball to the end zone. This 43 yard carry gave Washington their first lead of the game and one they would never relinquish.
Half Time Show: The halftime show was entitled "KaleidoSUPERScope" and featured the Los Angeles Super Drill Team.
Commercials: The average cost for a 30 second commercial during the 17th Superbowl was $400000. Ford had several commercials during the game for their vehicles Ranger and Thunderbird.
And from NFL.com:
Fullback John Riggins ran for a Super Bowl-record 166 yards on 38 carries to spark Washington to a 27-17 victory over AFC champion Miami. It was Riggins's fourth straight 100-yard rushing game during the playoffs, also a record.
The win marked Washington's first NFL title since 1942, and was only the second time in Super Bowl history NFL/NFC teams scored consecutive victories (Green Bay did it in Super Bowls I and II and San Francisco won Super Bowl XVI).
The Redskins, under second-year head coach Joe Gibbs, used a balanced offense that accounted for 400 total yards (a Super Bowl-record 276 yards rushing and 124 passing), second in Super Bowl history to 429 yards by Oakland in Super Bowl XI.
The Dolphins built a 17-10 halftime lead on a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Woodley to wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo 6:49 into the first period, a 20-yard field goal by Uwe von Schamann with 6:00 left in the half, and a Super Bowl-record 98-yard kickoff return by Fulton Walker with 1:38 remaining.
Washington had tied the score at 10-10 with 1:51 left on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Joe Theismann to wide receiver Alvin Garrett. Mark Moseley started the Redskins' scoring with a 31-yard field goal late in the first period, and added a 20-yard kick midway through the third period to cut the Dolphins' lead to 17-13.
Riggins, who was voted the game's most valuable player, gave Washington its first lead of the game with 10:01 left when he ran 43 yards off left tackle for a touchdown in a fourth-and-1 situation.
Wide receiver Charlie Brown caught a 6-yard scoring pass from Theismann with 1:55 left to complete the scoring.
The Dolphins managed only 176 yards (142 in first half).
Theismann completed 15 of 23 passes for 143 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. For Miami, Woodley was 4 of 14 for 97 yards, with one touchdown, and one interception. Don Strock was 0 for 3 in relief.