SAN DIEGO — Super Bowl XXII began to tilt toward the Redskins late in the first quarter, when they still were behind by 10-0. All of a sudden, hunched over center, John Elway signaled for time.
The premier quarterback in football was confused, and so were the other Denver Broncos during what soon developed into the most stunning turnaround in the history of the NFL playoffs.
This quickly became another Super Snore to nearly everyone but Washingtonians, starting with Doug Williams cocking his arm early in the second quarter and ending with Clint Didier's feet hitting the ground with the fifth touchdown 13 minutes 13 seconds later.
The outcome, if not the 42-10 final score, was what the Redskins and their fans might have dreamed before the season but at almost no time since. Only in the last few weeks have the great expectations from being runner-up in the National Football Conference last season been realized.