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By Zane Miller

On Sunday, January 30th, 1983, the Washington Redskins (now Washington Football Team) defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII to win the 63rd championship in NFL history. It was the third championship for the Washington FT franchise as Redskins running back John Riggins won the Super Bowl MVP Award. The game was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Due to a players’ strike after week two, the schedule was shortened to just nine games per team. As a result of the short schedule, the playoffs were expanded to include 16 teams, the most in NFL history.

Redskins kicker Mark Moseley won the 1982 MVP Award with 20 successful field goals out of 21 attempts to become the only special teamer to win MVP honors, while New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor won his second Defensive Player of the Year Award with 7.5 sacks and one interception, which was returned for a 97-yard touchdown.

Out of Playoffs: New York Giants (4-5), Buffalo Bills (4-5), Seattle Seahawks (4-5), New Orleans Saints (4-5), Kansas City Chiefs (3-6), San Francisco 49ers (3-6), Philadelphia Eagles (3-6), Chicago Bears (3-6), Denver Broncos (2-7), Los Angeles Rams (2-7), Houston Oilers (1-8), Baltimore Colts (0-8-1)

Out in first round: Cincinnati Bengals (L 44-17 to Jets), Pittsburgh Steelers (L 31-28 to Chargers), Atlanta Falcons (L 30-24 to Vikings), St. Louis Cardinals (L 41-16 to Packers), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (L 30-17 to Cowboys), New England Patriots (L 28-13 to Dolphins), Cleveland Browns (L 27-10 to Raiders), Detroit Lions (L 31-7 to Redskins)

Out in second round: Los Angeles Raiders (L 17-14 to Jets), Green Bay Packers (L 37-26 to Cowboys), Minnesota Vikings (L 21-7 to Redskins), San Diego Chargers (L 34-14 to Dolphins)

Out in third round: Dallas Cowboys (L 31-17 to Redskins), New York Jets (L 14-0 to Dolphins)

Most passing touchdowns: #14 Dan Fouts (Chargers)- 17 TD & 2883 yds

Most rushing touchdowns: #32 Marcus Allen (Raiders)- 11 TD & 697 yds

Most receiving touchdowns: #89 Wes Chandler (Chargers)- 9 TD

Most sacks: #79 Doug Martin (Vikings)- 11.5 sacks

Most interceptions: #24 Everson Walls (Cowboys)- 7 INT

Best field goal percentage (min. 7 attempts): #3 Mark Moseley (Redskins)- 20 for 21, 95.2%

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