And they got it, courtesy of Jack Riewoldt who kicked three behinds in the first term.
The Tigers then kicked five of the six goals in the third quarter to effectively put the result beyond doubt, setting up a feel-good premiership to rival that of the Bulldogs in 2016.
"We finished 13th on the ladder last season, lost the last game by 110 points - and now we're f***ing premiers", Riewoldt said.
Adelaide, usually so clean with the ball, particularly off the half-back line, could not deal with the harassment, fumbling and turning the ball over at regular intervals.
Ben Griffiths and Todd Elton were tried, but both suffered injuries and battled form, too.
Two goals in one minute but they're still leaving in droves! At the end of the day we've won a flag and that's all that matters.
For that reason, Townsend, Dan Butler, Jason Castagna and Jack Graham - barely known when the 2017 season started - are now Richmond heroes, while Daniel Rioli, who mixes pressure with the freakish skill his surname is associated with, is the leader of that pack.
"I'm so proud of this club and I'm lucky because I've just come in the last 12 months but where this club was 12 months ago to win a premiership today is probably one of the most special stories ever in any sport you could ever find in the world", the former Cat said.
After the win, Richmond players including the game's best player Dustin Martin and captain Trent Cotchin were interviewed on the field and couldn't help let fly with a few choice words live on national television.
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Dustin Martin capped what now must be viewed as the greatest individual season in the history of the game by claiming the Norm Smith Medal.
"He's a great player to have as one of those pieces that you can move consistently to get a spike in performance".
All that's left are premiership and Norm Smith medals to go with his MVP and Brownlow honours.
"We played in 1982 but were beaten by Carlton, and statistically, we've been the worst performing side in the last 30 years", Sunderland said of his Tigers.
Few players wear their heart on their sleeve like Riewoldt does and it was impossible not to be happy for him, be it after the siren or on stage with The Killers, given what he has been through with the club.
"There is almost 20,000 Crows members coming over, plus others".
Sunderland had already planned to be in Melbourne on AFL grand final day: the 49-year-old will play for Queensland's over-45s team at the nationals in Geelong.
It wasn't just the 22 who played linking arms, though, it was the whole list - from the most senior of veterans to the youngest rookie.
For once, Richmond are completely united.