Like Alan Ameche and Larry Csonka on NFL championship teams past, John Riggins showed the football world 16 years ago what a difference a big, fast running back can make.
Riggins blasted his way to a Super Bowl-record 166 yards in 38 carries and led the Washington Redskins to a 27-17 victory over Miami at the Rose Bowl.
The difference-making play was Riggins' fourth-down 43-yard touchdown burst with 10:09 to play. It gave Washington its first lead, 20-17.
Although the score was close and Washington hadn't led until Riggins' long run, the Redskins dominated. They had the ball for 36:15 of the 60 minutes and outgained the Dolphins, 400 yards to 176. Miami netted 34 yards in the second half.
The Redskins were helped considerably by Miami quarterbacks David Woodley and Don Strock, who completed none of their 11 second-half passes.