1976 Oakland Raiders season

1976 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach John Madden
General manager Al Davis
Owner Al Davis
Home field Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Results
Record 13–1
Division place 1st AFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 24–21
Won AFC Championship (Steelers) 24–7
Won Super Bowl XI
(Vikings) 32–14

The 1976 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 17th season, and 7th in the National Football League.

After having appeared in the three previous AFC Championship Games – and having lost all three—the 1976 Raiders finally won the conference championship,[1] and went on to win their first Super Bowl.

After posting a 13–1 regular season record and winning their sixth AFC West championship in seven seasons, the Raiders won against both the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers to achieve the team's second Super Bowl berth. Then, on January 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI by rolling over the Minnesota Vikings 32–14. With this victory, the Raiders achieved a 16–1 (.941) overall record.

In 2012, the 1976 Oakland Raiders were named the greatest team of all time by NFL.com's "Bracketology"; a 15-day, six-round fan vote tournament that featured the 64 greatest teams from the Super Bowl era. Oakland beat the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in the final round by a .8% margin.[2]

Offseason

1976 Raiders draft selections [3]
Round Overall Player Position College
2 34 Charles Philyaw DE Texas Southern
2 50 Jeb Blount QB Tulsa
3 84 Rik Bonness LB Nebraska
4 110 Herb McMath DE Morningside
5 146 Fred Steinfort K Boston College
7 204 Clarence Chapman WR Eastern Michigan
8 220 Jerome Dove DB Colorado State
8 231 Terry Kunz HB Colorado
10 286 Dwight Lewis DB Purdue
11 313 Rick Jennings HB Maryland
12 343 Cedric Brown S Kent State
13 367 Craig Crnick DE Idaho
13 370 Mark Young G Washington State
14 397 Calvin Young HB Fresno State
15 427 Carl Hargrave DB Upper Iowa
16 454 Doug Hogan DB Southern California
17 478 Buddy Tate DB Tulsa
17 481 Nate Beasley HB Delaware

Players[4]

Season

The Road to their first World Championship began on opening day, as they hosted the two-time reigning world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Oakland trailed 28–14 with just over five minutes to play, yet orchestrated what many to this day refer to as their Comeback Classic of 1976. They won 31–28 on a 21-yard Fred Steinfort field goal with 18 seconds left.

What followed was a mammoth five-game road trip, featuring wins over each of the Raiders' three divisional foes. It also included Oakland's lone loss on the year, a 48–17 shocker at New England. However, this would just be a preview of things to come between the Raiders and the Patriots.

Oakland became virtually unbeatable after the defeat. Upon returning home, the Raiders cruised to big victories, like a 49–16 stomping of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had nail biters like the 28–27 victory against a competitive Chicago Bear team at Soldier Field. They closed out the season with a 24–0 shutout of the San Diego Chargers in Oakland.

The Raiders ended the 1976 season with a 64.3% pass completion; Ken Stabler completed 66.7% of his passes. Fullback Mark van Eeghen passed the 1,000-yard mark at 1,012 yards. Tight end Dave Casper led the team in receptions with 53, while side receiver Cliff Branch led in reception yards (1,111), touchdowns (12), and yards per reception for receivers who caught more than one pass (24.2).

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 12 Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–28 1–0 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
51,371
2 September 20 at Kansas City Chiefs W 24–21 2–0 Arrowhead Stadium
60,884
3 September 26 at Houston Oilers W 14–13 3–0 Astrodome
42,338
4 October 3 at New England Patriots L 17–48 3–1 Schaefer Stadium
61,068
5 October 10 at San Diego Chargers W 27–17 4–1 San Diego Stadium
50,523
6 October 17 at Denver Broncos W 17–10 5–1 Mile High Stadium
63,431
7 October 24 Green Bay Packers W 18–14 6–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
52,232
8 October 31 Denver Broncos W 19–6 7–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
52,169
9 November 7 at Chicago Bears W 28–27 8–1 Soldier Field (I)
53,585
10 November 14 Kansas City Chiefs W 21–10 9–1 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
48,259
11 November 21 at Philadelphia Eagles W 26–7 10–1   Veterans Stadium
65,990
12 November 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 49–16 11–1   Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
49,590
13 December 6 Cincinnati Bengals W 35–20 12–1   Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
52,430
14 December 12 San Diego Chargers W 24–0 13–1   Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
50,102

Game notes

Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 7 14 28
Raiders 0 7 0 24 31
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 10 0 7 24
Chiefs 0 0 7 14 21
Oakland Raiders at Houston Oilers
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 0 7 14
Oilers 6 0 0 7 13
Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 10 0 7 17
Patriots 7 14 14 13 48
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 7 0 13 27
Chargers 7 0 3 7 17
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 3 14 0 17
Broncos 0 10 0 0 10
Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 0 0 7 14
Raiders 0 18 0 0 18
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 6 0 0 0 6
Raiders 3 0 3 13 19

Oakland escaped Chicago with a victory after a 31-yard field goal attempt by Bob Thomas with 15 seconds left got caught in a gust of wind and hit the upright.

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 3 0 10
Raiders 7 7 7 0 21
Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 12 0 7 7 26
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 3 0 6 16
Raiders 7 14 21 7 49
Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 6 7 7 0 20
Raiders 14 7 7 7 35

With the victory, the Raiders clinched a playoff berth for the Steelers.

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 0 0 0
Raiders 7 10 7 0 24

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders(1) 13 1 0 .929 7–0 10–1 350 237 W10
Denver Broncos 9 5 0 .643 5–2 7–5 315 206 W2
San Diego Chargers 6 8 0 .429 2–5 4–8 248 285 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 2–5 4–8 290 376 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 14 0 .000 0–4 0–13 125 412 L14

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Divisional December 18 New England Patriots W 24–21 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  53,045
Conference December 26 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–7 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
  53,739
Super Bowl January 9, 1977 Minnesota Vikings W 32–14 Rose Bowl
100,421
Source: [5]
AFC Divisional Playoff
New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 7 0 14 0 21
Raiders 3 7 0 14 24
AFC Championship Game
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 0 0 7
Raiders 3 14 7 0 24

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ AFC Championship Game results, ESPN, Jan. 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME". National Football League. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "1976 NFL Draft at databaseFootball.com". Archived from the original on October 15, 2007.
  4. ^ McDonald's History of the Super Bowl, Volume 3. McDonald's Corporation. 1977. p. 21.
  5. ^ 1976 Oakland Raiders season at databaseFootball.com Archived May 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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