Don't talk to Marcus Allen about a sophomore slump.
As Washington's John Riggins had done the year before, Allen made a spectacular run the signature play of the game. While the Raiders set a Super Bowl record for points and victory margin in their 38-9 win over Washington, it was Allen's 74-yard touchdown run on the final play of the third quarter that was the highlight of the team's impressive victory.
After taking a handoff from quarterback Jim Plunkett, Allen headed around left end. Bottled up there, he reversed field, turned the right corner and evaded several Redskins' tacklers on the way to the end zone. The run broke a record of 58 yards set by Tom Matte in Super Bowl III. Some consider it one of the greatest runs in NFL history.
"We had at least seven guys touch him and couldn't bring him down," said then-Redskins guard Mark May, who watched the play helplessly from the sideline. "That really snapped our backs."