The Redskins and Dolphins emerged from the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season (and a reformatted playoff bracket) to battle for the Lombardi Trophy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was a rematch of Super Bowl VII, which Miami had won 14-7 to complete its perfect season.

After trailing 17-10 at the half, Washington dominated the second stanza. Running behind his beloved Hogs, John Riggins racked up 166 yards (then a Super Bowl record) and put the Redskins ahead for good early in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard scoring rumble. Riggins earned MVP honors as Washington defeated the Dolphins 27-17, the first of three Super Bowl titles for the Redskins under head coach Joe Gibbs.