Super Bowl XXII
Doug Williams had the most prolific 15 minutes in Super Bowl history in San Diego in 1988, but it was his first scoring pass that touched off the ensuing onslaught. Things were looking grim for the Redskins, who trailed 10-0 in a game that had never seen a team come back to win after facing such a deficit. But after sustaining a knee injury that could have altered fate, Williams returned and in the first minute of the second period, hit Ricky Sanders for an 80-yard touchdown strike to open the floodgates on a prolific 35-point second quarter that obliterated the record book and made Williams a national hero.
Super Bowl XXVI
Seeing Art Monk score his first Super Bowl touchdown felt like a decade-long check finally being cashed in the first period of Super Bowl XXVI, however fleeting the moment turned out to be. Monk had only two catches for 66 yards combined in the previous three Super Bowls, but on this day would have seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown -- at least until it became the first score overturned in Super Bowl history. While Monk had his greatest Super Bowl, it was Washington's response to the overturned touchdown -- and ensuing botched field goal -- that helped produced the last, finest moment in team history.
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