|Along with the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, the
Oakland Raiders stood as one of the dominant teams of the 1970s. The Raiders'
success can be traced further back to its time as a founding member of the AFL,
where they won one championship and three division titles. The Raiders' AFL
Championship in 1967 propelled the team to a match-up with the Green Bay Packers
in Super Bowl II, where the Packers won 33-14.
In 1969, John Madden was hired as coach. He led the team to
six division titles and four appearances in the AFC Championship game.
Frustration mounted, however, as the Raiders were unable to overcome the
Dolphins and Steelers, losing three straight championship games to them.
The Raiders finally broke through in 1976 with a 24-7 victory over Pittsburgh en
route to a birth in Super Bowl XI. The Raiders' opponents were the formidable
Minnesota Vikings, but the Raiders prevailed 32-14.
The Raiders again appeared in the Super Bowl at the end of
the 1980 season. Behind the play of quarterback Jim Plunkett, the Raiders
advanced through the playoffs to a showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in
Super Bowl XV. Led by a defense which recorded three interceptions during the
game, the Raiders won 27-10.
The Raiders again advanced to the Super Bowl at the end of
the 1982 season. In Super Bowl XVIII, the now Los Angeles Raiders jumped to an
early lead and ultimately trounced the Washington Redskins 38-9.
AFL Championship Games and NFL Super Bowls:
1967 (AFL Championship): Won 40-7 over the Houston Oilers
1968 (Super Bowl II): Lost 33-14 to the Green Bay Packers
1977 (Super Bowl XI): Won 32-14 over the Minnesota
1981 (Super Bowl XV): Won 27-10 over the Philadelphia
1984 (Super Bowl XVIII): Won 38-9 over the Washington
2003 (Super Bowl XXXVII): Lost 48-21 to the Tampa Bay
Hall of Famers:
Marcus Allen, running back (1982-1992)
Fred Biletnikoff, wide receiver (1965-1978)
George Blanda, quarterback/kicker (1967-1975)
Willie Brown, cornerback (1967-1978)
Dave Casper, tight end (1974-1980, 1984
Al Davis, team/league administrator (1963-1965,
Mike Haynes, wide receiver (1983-1989)
Ted Hendricks, linebacker (1975-1983)
Howie Long, defensive end (1981-1993)
John Madden, head coach (1969-1978)
Jim Otto, center (1960-1974
Art Shell, offensive tackle (1968-1982)
Gene Upshaw, guard (1967-1981)
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