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Throwback Thursday: Redskins Win Their First Super Bowl


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January 30th marks the 34th anniversary of the Washington Redskins' famous Super Bowl XVII victory over the Miami Dolphins.


More than 103,000 fans watched with anticipation at the Rose Bowl that Sunday, as Washington won its first NFL Championship in 40 years.

The undefeated Dolphins fought relentlessly, keeping a close game through the third quarter. Perhaps the most famous play in Washington Redskins history happened when John Riggins ran 43 yards for a touchdown on fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 20-17, which later earned Riggins MVP.

With only 10 minutes remaining in the game, Joe Theismann  connected with Charlie Brown on a 6-yard touchdown pass closing out the 27-17 Redskins victory and the team's first NFL championship since 1942.

It was the first championship for Joe Gibbs, then in just his second season as head coach, but the remarkable moments didn't end there.

After the game, Jack Kent Cooke accepted the Super Bowl trophy from Pete Rozelle and in the locker room, Gibbs received a congratulatory call from President Ronald Reagan.

Jan. 30, 1983, a day Washington will never forget.

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