Chapter 4, Page 163

Darrell Green Joe Gibbs Kneeling
Asking for help: Joe Gibbs kneels in prayer in the final minute of the 1988 playoff game against the Vikings — and Darrell Geen, hurt and on painkillers, knocks away a pass to Minnesota's Darrin Nelson to preserve the 17-10 victory.
(Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post)

On the first play, he hit Ricky Sanders for an 80-yard touchdown pass. On the next possession, he threw a 27-yard touchdown strike to Gary Clark. The Redskins moved into a 14-10 lead.

On the second play of the Redskins' third possession, Rookie Timmy Smith, a fifth-round pick from Texas Tech, made it 21-10 with a 58-yard touchdown run. The running attack helped freeze Denver safety Tony Lilly, who missed Sanders running past him to catch a 50-yard touchdown reception that widened the Redskins lead to 28-10. On the next possession, Smith busted loose for 43 yards, and then Williams hit Clint Didier for an 8-yard touchdown pass, making it 35-10.

The mind-boggling figures for the quarter had stacked up like a cord of wood. The 35 points were a post-season record for a single quarter. In 18 offensive plays, the Redskins gained 128 yards on seven rushing attempts, while Williams completed nine of 11 passes for 228 yards. Sanders had five catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Smith gained 122 yards on five runs in the quarter and set a Super Bowl record with 204 overall rushing yards.

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