The 1976 Oakland Raiders season
finally achieved the ultimate goal of every NFL franchise: winning the 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 reach their second Super Bowl appearance. Then on January 11
at the Rose Bowl Stadium
, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI
by defeating the Minnesota Vikings
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... Read More