Super Bowl XVIII between the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Raiders would be the first Super Bowl to be played in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, in this countdown to Super Bowl LI feature.
With a winning score of 38-9, the Los Angeles Raiders took home the Super Bowl XVIII trophy title over the Washington Redskins. The game was played on January 22, 1984 in Tampa, Florida at Tampa Stadium, with a total number of 72,920 people attending. This was the first time the Super Bowl had ever been played in Tampa, Florida.
The Redskins entered Super Bowl XVIII as defending Super Bowl champions. Los Angeles would jump out to an early lead at halftime and never look back, with running back Marcus Allen carrying the ball 20 times for a (at the time) Super Bowl record of 191 yards and two touchdowns.
In 1984, one of the most memorable parts of Super Bowl XVIII was the airing of the famous Apple Macintosh commercial. There were an estimated 77.26 million viewers of Super Bowl XVIII, and a commercial, such as Apple’s Macintosh commercial, was around $368,000 for a 30-second ad. The national anthem was performed by singer Barry Manilow and was broadcasted by Pat Summerall and former Raiders head coach John Madden.
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