1976 Oakland Raiders season

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1976 Oakland Raiders season
Head coach John Madden
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 Conference Championship (Steelers) 24–7
Won Super Bowl XI (Vikings) 32–14
Timeline
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< 1975 1977 >

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, 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 rolled to victories against the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers to achieve the second Super Bowl berth in team history. Then on January 11, 1977 at the Rose Bowl, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 32–14. The victory had the Raiders compile a spectacular 16–1 overall record.

On March 30, 2012, the 1976 Oakland Raiders were named the greatest team of all time by NFL.com's "Bracketology"; a 15 day, 6 round fan vote tournament that features the 64 greatest teams from the Super Bowl era. Oakland beat the 2000 Baltimore Ravens in the final round by a .8% margin.[1]

Offseason[edit]

1976 Raiders Draft Selections[2]
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 Rich 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[edit]

1976 Oakland Raiders roster
Quarterbacks

Ken Stabler, David Humm, Mike Rae

Running backs Clarence Davis HB, Mark van Eehgan FB, Pete Banaszak, Carl Garrett

Wide receivers Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Mike Siani, Morris Bradshaw

Tight ends Dave Casper, Warren Bankston

Offensive linemen

LT Art Shell, LG Gene Upshaw, C Dave Dalby, RG George Buehler, RT John Vella

Defensive linemen John Matuszak, Dave Rowe, Otis Sistrunk

Linebackers

LOLB Phil Villapiano, LILB Willie Hall, RILB Monte Johnson, ROLB Ted Hendricks

Defensive backs George Atkinson, Willie Brown, Neal Colzie, Charlie Phillips, Mike Reinfeldt, Jack Tatum, Alonzo "Skip" Thomas

Special teams K Errol Mann, P Ray Guy, PR Neal Colzie, KR Carl Garrett




Defense
[1]




CB
Skip Thomas


CB
Willie Brown
Offense
[2]
WR
Fred Biletnikoff
LT LG C RG RT
Art Shell Gene Upshaw Dave Dalby George Buehler John Vella
TE
Dave Casper
WR
Cliff Branch
QB
Ken Stabler
RB
Clarence Davis
FB
Mark van Eeghen
Special Teams
PK Errol Mann
P Ray Guy
KR Carl Garrett
PR Neal Colzie



Season[edit]

The Road to their first World Championship began on opening day as they faced the reigning world champion Pittsburgh Steelers. In their home opener, 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 5-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 in 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 would end the 1976 season with a 64.3% pass completion. Ken Stabler would complete 66.7% of his passes. Mark van Eeghan would reach the 1000 yard mark with 1012 yards. Dave Casper would lead the team in receptions with 53 while Cliff Branch would lead the team in reception yards (1111), touch downs (12), and yards per reception for receivers who caught more than one pass (24.2).

Schedule[edit]

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

Game notes[edit]

Week 1: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 7 7 14 28
Raiders 0 7 0 24 31


Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 10 0 7 24
Chiefs 0 0 7 14 21


Week 3: at Houston Oilers[edit]

Oakland Raiders at Houston Oilers
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 7 0 7 14
Oilers 6 0 0 7 13


Week 4: at New England Patriots[edit]

Oakland Raiders at New England Patriots
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 10 0 7 17
Patriots 7 14 14 13 48


Week 5: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 7 0 13 27
Chargers 7 0 3 7 17


Week 6: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 3 14 0 17
Broncos 0 10 0 0 10


Week 7: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 7 0 0 7 14
Raiders 0 18 0 0 18


Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 6 0 0 0 6
Raiders 3 0 3 13 19


Week 9: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 14 7 7 28
Bears 7 0 20 0 27

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.


Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 7 3 0 10
Raiders 7 7 7 0 21


Week 11: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 12 0 7 7 26
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7


Week 12: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 3 0 6 16
Raiders 7 14 21 7 49


Week 13: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

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.


Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

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


Standings[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

Week Opponent Result Game site Notes Attendance
Divisional New England Patriots W 24–21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum AFC Divisional
53,045
Conference Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–7 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum AFC Championship
53,739
Super Bowl Minnesota Vikings W 32–14 Rose Bowl Super Bowl XI
100,421

[3]


AFC Divisional: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

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: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

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


Super Bowl XI: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Super Bowl XI
Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 16 3 13 32
Vikings 0 0 7 7 14


Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

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