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1970s Rivalry: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders (Part 1)
Episode 3213th July 2021 • Yesterday's Sports • Sports History Network
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The Raiders joined the American Football League in 1960 and sputtered. The team notched only three winning seasons in its first seven years. That direction changed in 1967 when the Raiders went 14–1 before losing to the Packers in Superbowl II.

Oakland continued winning over the next three seasons, but each time the team finished one game short of reaching the Super Bowl. Things got worse in 1971 when the team failed to reach the playoffs, but 1972 was a turnaround year. Oakland went 10-3-1 and was back in the playoffs. They'd play the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Those Steelers weren't much of a story until 1972. The longtime NFL member (from 1933) was a mediocre (at best) franchise. From 1933–1971, Pittsburgh reached the playoffs only once–in 1947........

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Host Mark Morthier grew up in New Jersey just across the river from New York City during the 1970s, a great time for sports in the area. He relives great moments from this time and beyond, focusing on football, baseball, basketball, and boxing. You may even see a little Olympic Weightlifting in the mix, as Mark competed for eight years. See Mark's book below.

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