The Raiders won the Super Bowl for the first time as an NFL wild card club and the second time as a non-division champion. After finishing second to the Raiders in the AFL West Division in 1969, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl IV. "TOP" stands for "time of possession." Other American football words may be found in the Glossary of American Football.
In 1972, after finishing first in the AFL West Division, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XI. The victory made them the first team from the Bay Area/Northern California to win the Super Bowl.
They have not been back since.
This is a list of all the Super Bowl winners. Not included are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have played in five Super Bowls but have never won. Also missing is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have played in two Super Bowls but have never won either game. The Raiders are the only team to have never appeared in the Super Bowl before winning their first title.
Super Bowl I was held at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 3, 1967. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Baltimore Colts, 7-3.
Super Bowl II was held at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas on January 12, 1968. The Oakland Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins, 14-7.
Super Bowl III was held at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California on January 15, 1969.
The 1970 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 11th in Oakland. It was also their debut season as NFL players. The Raiders would eventually capture their fourth division title in a row (as well as their first AFC West title). They made it to the AFC Championship Game, where they were defeated by the Baltimore Colts. This was also the final season at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum before the team moved to Las Vegas for the 1977 season.
Oakland finished with a 9-4 record and earned a spot in the playoffs. They opened up against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round of the 1971 NFL Playoffs. The game was played on January 12, 1971, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The winner went on to face off against the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl. However, due to the ongoing American football league war between the NFL and AFL, only the winners from the major league leagues can qualify for the Super Bowl. Since the Raiders were still members of the AFL, they could not go to the Super Bowl. The Raiders won the game 20-17 after trailing most of the way back. Hall of Fame quarterback Ken Stabler led the way with two touchdown passes and 185 yards through the air while his running back LeVar Woods scored twice on the ground.
Stabler would go on to have a very successful career with the Raiders before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams before the 1975 season.
Plunkett guided Oakland to a wild card berth with an 11-5 record. Following postseason victories against the Houston Oilers, Cleveland Browns, and San Diego Chargers, the Raiders advanced to Super Bowl XV and won their second NFL title in five years with a 27-10 victory over the favored Philadelphia Eagles. Plunkett was named the MVP.
Oakland returned to the Super Bowl in 1992 but lost to Buffalo Bills' quarterback Jack Kemp Jr. The Raiders have not appeared in the game since.
Raiders' owner Al Davis did not allow his team to be mentioned during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" or other national anthems before games. This tradition began when Plunkett was the leader of its franchise and continued after he died in 2001.
Although the Raiders never had more than 12 wins in any season, they played in six AFC Championship Games from 1978 to 1995 and made the playoffs every year except one (1982). After moving to Los Angeles for the 1997 season, they have not returned to the postseason.
In 1960, the Raiders' original franchise was based in Oakland City near Oakland Airport. The team moved to Oakland Stadium in 1963 and remained there until 1984 when they moved into the new Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders have been to the playoffs eight times including two Super Bowl victories out of three attempts.
The Raiders first met the Cowboys in the regular season in 1974 and have a 6-4 record against the five-time Super Bowl champions. Since Jerry Jones took over as owner and general manager in 1989, the Cowboys have won three Super Bowls. From 1976 to 1983, the Raiders won three Super Bowls and appeared in five others.
The two teams will meet for the third time this year on December 30th at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders are 1-1 so far this season against Dallas with both games being decided by only seven points or less. Last year's meeting was on November 25th at Texas Stadium in Arlington where the Cowboys beat the Raiders 33-28 in one of the most controversial finishes in NFL history. The game was tied 28-28 with 4:58 left when Troy Aikman threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Irvin with no time left on the clock to win it for the Cowboys.
Dallas went on to beat Pittsburgh in the playoffs before losing to New England in the Super Bowl. The Raiders lost to Denver in the playoffs before finishing second in their division behind San Diego. This will be the first time since 1972 that these two teams meet twice in one season.
The Raiders played their first game in Oakland on January 7th, 1970 vs the Houston Oilers. They've only been in Oakland since 1972 when they moved from Los Angeles after eight seasons in Oakland-Oakland Coliseum.