This Day in Sports: Doug Williams and the Redskins Set the Postseason Bar

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Doug Williams, the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl, may have also invented the fist bump. We're not sure.
January 31, 1988 — The Washington Redskins were supposed to lose to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII. In fact, they were down, 10-0, at the start of the second quarter. But the Redskins scored 35 unanswered points in the second quarter alone — an NFL record for most points in a single postseason period — and powered on to a 42-10 upset victory.

Washington quarterback Doug Williams, who became the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl in the game, threw for four of the Redskins' five second-period touchdowns. He finished the game 18-of-29 with 340 yards and was named MVP. Williams, receiver Ricky Sanders (193 yards) and running back Timmy Smith (204 yards) helped the Redskins combine for 602 total offensive yards, still a Super Bowl record.