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1980 Oakland Raiders: The Unlikely Super Bowl Champs
Episode 4512th October 2021 • Yesterday's Sports • Sports History Network
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From 1967–1977, the Raiders had been one of the top teams in professional football, reaching the post-season every year except for 1971. They had played in nine AFL/AFC Championship games, winning two of them, and in two Super Bowls, winning one.

But 1978 was a disappointing year. In a pre-season game against the New England Patriots, Raiders’ defensive back Jack Tatum’s hit resulted in Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley getting paralyzed. The play seemed to cast a dark cloud over the team. QB Ken Stabler threw 30 interceptions and only 16 touchdowns, receiver Cliff Branch scored only one touchdown, and the Raiders failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1966. They finished the year at 9–7.

To no surprise, 1979 brought change. Coach John Madden retired, and assistant coach Tom Flores took over. Future Hall of Famers Willie Brown and Fred Biletnikoff retired........

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